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automationfederation.pngThe organization created a “5 click processs” that lays out five steps to expose veterans to experienced professionals for guidance.





Program pulls military veterans into waiting automation careers

Manufacturing companies need skilled employees. Military veterans need jobs. Why not bring the two together?

This was the idea behind the Automation Federation’s Project AutomationVet program, which is being recognized with a 2011 PM100 Award in the Training & Education category.

Since these veterans already have some education and experience from their military careers, Automation Federation takes that a step further, helping them to leverage their background into automation-related professions. The project identifies specific skills that veterans developed in the five branches of the military and maps them to the Automation Competency Model (ACM), a detailed breakdown of the skills needed to perform specific jobs in manufacturing. The Automation Federation hopes the end result will be that the veterans achieve certification as technicians or engineers.

One of the project’s goals was to open the eyes of the veterans to the skills they already had from their time in service. After mapping military-based accomplishments with the ACM, Automation Federation also wanted to connect veterans with mentors and enroll them in training or college curricula. Many veterans have trouble transitioning back into civilian life.

Professional society members within the Automation Federation are assigned to help veterans as mentors. The society members guide the veterans as to educational options and assist with job placement. In addition, these mentors have relationships with local Veterans Afffairs (VA) offices and other agencies. This creates a system that instills confidence in not only the veterans themselves but their future employers as well.

Automation Federation started by giving presentations to the VA and the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training program. Then it produced a VA Webcast to draw attention and interest to the project. Automation Federation also analyzed the military occupations that would be funneled into this process. And the organization created what called a “5 click process” that lays out five steps that can be taken to expose veterans to experienced professionals for guidance. A Website and VA representatives provided further publicity for the program.

Automation Federation has hopes of expanding the program to the Department of Defense, base commands, and other veterans’ transition agencies. The group is also developing marketing plans to reach technical-society members connected to process and manufacturing companies, engineering companies, and automation device manufacturers.