The Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) is looking for pilot test sites for Industry 4.0 certifications and specialized micro-credentials. Participating schools will gain first access to industry-developed and validated skills standards with online and hands-on assessments.
Students can test for a number of Automation Systems Specialist micro-credentials that correspond to skills and competencies they’re already learning in the classroom. Credential areas include, but are not limited to:
- Electrical Systems
- Electric Motor Control
- Variable Frequency Drives
- Motor Control Troubleshooting
- Sensor Logic Systems
- Electrical System Installation
- Programmable Controllers
- Mechanical Power
Becoming a pilot test site offers numerous advantages, including free assessments for students and instructors and feedback on performance. More importantly, participating schools will be seen as a national leader in workforce education and training. Their contribution to the Industry 4.0 certification process will be valued by local industry partners as well.
Pilot testing consists of a written and/or hands-on assessment for each credential area. This opportunity is only available for a limited time, so contact ATS to register as a pilot site, or download the informational flyer.
The Smart Automation Certification Alliance is a non-profit foundation supported by industry with the goal of creating a larger number of individuals with Industry 4.0 skills. To accomplish this goal the alliance is developing skill standards, providing teacher training, promoting these skill sets to students, and providing industry certifications.
Industry 4.0 technology is rapidly transforming the workplace. As companies increase their use of Ethernet networks and internet technology, they are connecting more devices, from smart sensors to smart phones, enabling them to reduce downtime and increase quality and productivity. These highly connected systems require new skills in almost every occupation, which include the ability to interact with software, data, networks, and smart devices.
Many certifications are available today that address isolated competencies, from machining to maintenance and IT, but SACA certifications are different. They address the integration of these technologies with industry 4.0 technology.