With PROFINET and OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) now accepted as the essential building blocks for Industrie 4.0 and hence the Industrial Internet of Things, it makes perfect sense for companies implementing IIoT to ensure that their engineers are properly equipped for the task. Hence the need for good training in these technologies, as evidenced by the appropriate accreditations.
Benefits of Certified Training
- Widely recognised qualifications confirm competence
- Essential pre-requisite to being able to work on the systems of many large organisations
- Many companies will only utilise Certified Designers or Engineers, so if you are not certified you could miss out on future business opportunities!
- Evidence that your systems will be fundamentally sound and well-engineered, resulting in low life cycle cost
- Help avoid costly problems from the commencement of any project
PROFINET is the leading Industrial Ethernet standard in automation, taking over the transmission of deterministic real-time data and control-relevant acyclic data in automation systems.
The Certified PROFINET Engineer Course is an internationally accredited course covering PROFINET network operation, design and commissioning. Increasingly used in highly automated production facilities and the designated backbone of IIoT implementations, PROFINET is the leading industrial Ethernet standard with more than 13 million installed devices at last count.
Industrial Ethernet systems are being installed in factories and automation systems and they bring changes to enterprises in production or business operation, network access and security. Everyone involved in installing Ethernet- and Internet-based devices or systems for a production line should know the basics of Ethernet components such as network cables, switches, and PCs.
The course is designed for everyone who wants to know the theoretical and practical aspects of PROFINET. It is an in-depth course that teaches the details of what goes on in a PROFINET network and incorporates the Certified PROFINET Installer Course in the first day. Those who pass the written examination and practical test will gain a valuable and internationally recognised certificate of their competence to design and trouble-shoot PROFINET networks.
Click here for more information and to register for the next Certified PROFINET Engineer course presented at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK.
TMM has teamed up with The OPC Training Institute to bring a variety of hands-on courses that offer people in the industrial and commercial field a theoretical background on OPC as well as practical hands-on experience that they can immediately apply at their job. Students can use these courses as credit toward their COP designation.
There are 4 levels of training, with Level 3 (OPC UA) being the essential level for trainees interested in acquiring the relevant skills for IIoT where it is particularly relevant for communication with devices such as operator stations via the controller level or for production data from devices to corporate IT, especially in an environment with different providers. OPC UA becomes the link for the non-deterministic communication between different types of devices on this level and between levels. The levels are:
Level 1: OPC and DCOM Diagnostics – how to troubleshoot and repair DCOM problems. More …
Level 2: OPC Security – how to secure OPC implementations and continuously monitor the health of their real-time communication system. More …
Level 3: OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) – covers the security model that enhances Classic OPC capabilities. More…
Level 4: Advanced OPC Projects – advanced integration project requirements that affect machines, plants, and SCADA. More …
What is Competence?
Here is a very good graphic illustrating the essential components of Competence. The part played by training cannot be underestimated.
- Is acquired through training – both formal and on the job – and is required to enable people to formulate a plan of action to undertake a task or activity.
- are both physical and mental that experienced people often use subconsciously. Mental skills can be thought of as the abilities brought to bear on the formulation of a plan while physical skills can be thought of as the execution part of a plan of action.
- are associated with personal qualities such as morality, determination, fastidiousness etc.
Continuing Professional Development
Once having gained these internationally recognised qualifications, it’s important that qualified personnel continue their professional development by gaining relevant experience in the field, through association with other qualified technicians and engineers and keeping up to date with the technology.
A good indication of dedication to best practice would be through active membership PI UK, the UK branch of PROFIBUS and PROFINET international. PI UK keeps its members up to date with news of the latest technical developments, free access to specifications, profiles, design guides and a lot of additional information on PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link as well as organising technical events and providing access to a Pool of Experts to provide additional help.
By these means, recently qualified trainees can progress towards full competence in their chosen field of expertise.