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     AAM testimonial img CGarcia "Tours to industrial plants and manufacturing factories are valuable career-development tools for students. Academic courses are often quite theoretical in approach so we're always interested in getting students into environments of practical application. These experiences are motivating to students and help them appreciate what the real world of automation and engineering is all about."

    Claudio Garcia, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Automation and Control
    Telecommunications and Control Engineering Department
    Escola Politécnica
    University of São Paulo
    ISA São Paulo Section member
    São Paulo, Brazil

    On 2 December of 2016, Claudio Garcia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Escola Politécnica (Poli) engineering school at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil and member of the ISA São Paulo Section, helped organize a tour of three Siemens factories in São Paulo for 15 of his students studying automation and control.

    Nine of the 15 students are members of ISA's Poli-USP Student Section, to which Dr. Garcia has served as an advisor since 2003. Outfitted with all required safety equipment-boots, goggles and ear protectors-the students visited three of the eight facilities within Siemens Jundiaí Industrial Complex in São Paulo: a transformer plant, a dry transformer plant and a medium voltage product and solutions plant.

    "The tour was highly informative,” reported Gustavo Viliotti Bordieri, an electrical engineering student. "We received a great deal of technical information and were able to ask a lot of questions. We learned a lot.”

    Dr. Garcia says that plant tours-in addition to other interactive activities and events-are essential in cultivating young people's interest in automation as a career.

    "It's important that students get the chance to witness actual instrumentation and control equipment in action and personally meet and talk with practicing engineers and automation professionals. These experiences open students' eyes to these career fields and show them what's really possible.”

    Throughout the year Dr. Garcia works with officers within ISA's São Paulo Section (President Ana Cristina Rodrigues and Vice President Mônica Santana) to organize lectures at USP on a range of automation and engineering subjects, such as Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIot), Big Data, and SCADA systems. These events, he says, typically attract a strong turnout of regular ISA members as well as ISA student section members.

    Dr. Garcia says the fact that many of his former students-and ISA Poli-USP Student Section members-now work in the instrumentation and control field gives him a strong sense of pride and satisfaction.

    Click here to learn how you can help host a workplace tour for students in your area.


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