From Blueprint to Reality: Design Your Industrial Automation Career

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This Expert Exchange session featured a conversation with Kelly VP of Engineering, Mark Saltrelli, who provided valuable insights into the latest trends and exciting opportunities within the Industrial Automation industry.

Here’s what you missed:

  • Market trends: Gain a deeper understanding of the evolving landscape of Industrial Automation and how these changes are impacting career opportunities.
  • Job market outlook: Discover the in-demand skills and qualifications employers are seeking for today’s top Industrial Automation roles.
  • Career advancement strategies: Learn valuable tips and advice on securing your dream job in this dynamic field.

Plus, over 100 jobs in Industrial Automation that our team is actively recruiting for. You can explore current openings here.

See below for an insights-packed summarized transcription of this event!

Summarized Transcript

  • Patrice MacMillan, Sr. Marketing Manager of Talent Recruiting welcomes Mark Saltrelli, VP of Kelly Engineering, to discuss careers in industrial automation.
  • Mark highlights the booming job market in automation across various sectors.
  • Key regions for industrial automation jobs:

    • San Jose, Sunnyvale, Irvine, Santa Clara, San Francisco (California) – Focus on high tech innovation and development in robotics and automation technologies (medical devices, biotechnology)
    • Dearborn, Detroit, Warren (Michigan) – Automotive sector with substantial demand for automation engineers.
    • Houston, Sugar Land, Austin, Dallas (Texas) – Oil and gas industry with a growing focus on automation for efficiency, safety, and energy production.
    • Chicago, Naperville, Elgin (Illinois), Indiana, Wisconsin (Midwest) – Industrial and manufacturing sectors with opportunities in food processing, manufacturing, and logistics.
    • Boston, Cambridge, Newton (Massachusetts), New Hampshire – Hub for technological research and development, especially in robotics, with a high demand for automation engineering professionals.
    • Other locations: Ohio, Tennessee, Connecticut, Pennsylvania (major hubs)
  • Transferable skills for industrial automation:

    • Strong technical knowledge (PLC, data systems, robotics, failure analysis, industrial networking, automation hardware/software)
    • Soft skills (communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork)
  • Jobs that transfer well into industrial automation:

    • Mechanical engineers: design and implement mechanical components for automation systems.
    • Electrical engineers: ensure electrical power supply and circuit systems function for automation parts.
    • Control systems engineers: design and optimize control strategies.
    • Robotics and mechatronics engineers: develop and implement robotic automation systems.
    • Industrial and process engineers: find ways to improve processes through automation.
    • Automation technicians: test, maintain, and troubleshoot mechanical components, PLCs, etc.
  • How to navigate your career path in industrial automation:

    • Education and hands-on training (degrees, certifications, internships, workshops)
    • Entry-level roles (technician, coordinator, junior program)
    • Gaining experience (focusing on a specific industry, taking on new projects)
    • Specialization and advancement (focusing on a particular area like machine learning, taking on leadership roles)
    • Continuous learning and development (staying updated, attending conferences, networking)
    • Senior positions (control system consultant, manager of automation projects)
  • In-house vs. integrator roles:

    • In-house:
      • Work directly for a manufacturing facility.
      • Maintain, troubleshoot, and optimize proprietary automation systems.
      • Gain deeper knowledge of specific systems.
      • Limited project scope by company size.
    • Integrator:
      • Work for a company that designs, builds, and implements automation solutions for various clients.
      • Offer more variety and potentially involve travel.
      • Work on diverse technologies across projects.
      • Offer project-based contract work with potentially better pay rates.
  • Mark advises viewers to stay curious, keep learning, network with experienced professionals, tailor resumes to specific jobs, and seek help from Kelly Engineering recruiters.
  • Partnership with Kelly Engineering for job opportunities, resume tailoring, interview prep, and career planning.
  • Mark highlights the importance of relocation programs and assistance offered by employers, especially for new facilities transitioning to automation.

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