Automation for the people … of Ireland

24 Apr 2007

European engineering powerhouse Siemens has established a new training centre in Kildare to provide training in automation and control to companies active in the Irish process and manufacturing industries.

The move will give Irish employees access to training on state-of-the-art automation technology based on defined standards. The centre will work in conjunction with Industrial Training Solutions in Naas.

The training centre’s manager Michael Mahon said Siemens is expecting to train 250 people a year from a variety of industries, including food and beverages, pharmaceutical, healthcare, electronics and other manufacturing sectors.

The courses offered by the centre will be backed up by hands-on exercises using production simulators as well as online media.

“Employees from processing and manufacturing companies in Ireland can participate in training programmes based on globally recognised and accepted standards of expertise,” explained Martin Feely, automation systems manager with Siemens Ireland.

“This is an advantage for both the company and the employee. It ensures that employees are amongst the best educated in the world in these fields and enables companies to select and manage comparably qualified in-house and external systems integration and maintenance personnel, offering greater potential for reducing risk and increasing overall productivity,” Feely added.

By John Kennedy