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Engineering Competency Model wins award
The American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES)—of which ISA is a member—has earned a 2016 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) “Power of A” Gold award for its Engineering Competency Model. The model is a guide for the development of professionals in the engineering workforce, and it promotes an understanding of the skill sets and competencies that are essential to educate and train a globally competitive engineering workforce. ISA was a driving force to unify the larger engineering community in the development of the Engineering Competency Model, which is built upon ISA’s Automation Competency Model.
Funded by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation, the model was developed by AAES in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and AAES subject-matter experts from education, industry, and private practice. Over a period of about 15 months, the model was created via a thorough development process engaging stakeholders within the engineering community.
The Engineering Competency Model has four tiers that depict the required key competencies in a pyramid. Tiers one through four include personal, academic, workplace, and technical competencies that are common to the engineering profession. AAES encourages adoption of the model and development of fifth tiers to include discipline-specific competencies. Tier six, a final optional tier, is divided into two areas: competencies needed for management and occupation-specific requirements for a particular position within the engineering profession.
In July 2015, the Department of Labor’s Competency Model Clearinghouse website launched the model. Since then, awareness of the model has been spreading through journal and magazine articles, social media, and conference presentations.
Resources, including a two-minute video and PowerPoint presentation with speaker’s guide, have been created for faculty, guidance counselors, and others who work with individuals entering the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) pipeline, to give specific guidance on the core competencies and skills not only necessary for entering the engineering profession, but also for maintaining proficiency during one’s career. The resources, which can be downloaded from www.aaes.org/model, are relevant to association leaders and practicing engineers as well.
ASAE honored AAES for its model, which is vital to informing discussions among industry leaders, employers, human resource professionals, educators, and workforce professionals as they collaborate to identify specific employer skill needs, develop competency-based curricula and training models, and develop industry-defined performance indicators, skill standards, and certifications.
“The development of the Engineering Competency Model demonstrates the power of associations coming together to collectively achieve what an individual association cannot do alone,” said Alyse Stofer, AAES chair. “The model brought together leaders from a variety of engineering disciplines to establish a more consistent guideline on the competencies that are common to all engineers.”
ASAE’s Power of A Awards (www.thepowerofa.org/awards), the industry’s highest honor, recognize the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national, and global levels. These awards reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation, and make a better world.
ISA Fellow William R. Hodson, 72, of Franconia Township, Pa., passed away on 7 September 2016. Hodson earned a BS in electrical engineering from Drexel University and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. He worked as a staff engineering consultant for the Leeds & Northrup Company in North Wales, Pa., for 27 years. Hodson then worked for Max Control Systems and Honeywell, where he was a control system architect. After retiring from Honeywell, he started his own consulting business related to the international industrial communications standards that he had helped to develop during his career. He had eleven U.S. patents issued to him as inventor.
Hodson was a member of the ISA Philadelphia section and a major player on the fieldbus committee. In 2015, the Standards and Practices Committee recognized Hodson for his technical contributions in the development of ANSI/ISA-TR100.15.01, Backhaul Architecture Model: Secured Connectivity over Untrusted or Trusted Networks at the ISA Leaders Meeting.
For leisure, Hodson was interested in railroads and rail history, serving on the board of the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society. He loved family and friends and spending time with them camping, water skiing, hiking, biking, and traveling.
Qualifying for and passing one of ISA’s certification exams is a noteworthy accomplishment. The exams are rigorous and require a solid command of various disciplines in automation and control. Below is a list of individuals who have recently passed either our Certified Automation Professional (CAP) or one of the three levels of our Certified Control System Technician (CCST) exam. Congratulations to our new certification holders! For more information about the ISA CAP and CCST certification programs, please visit www.isa.org/training-and-certifications/isa-certification.
Certified Control System Technicians
|Brandon S. Adrian||Metro Wastewater Reclamation District||U.S.|
|Joseph E. Selkregg||City of San Jose||U.S.|
|Eric D. Hovland||City of San Jose||U.S.|
|Tony J. Amaral||City of San Jose||U.S.|
|Elliott C. Prest||City of San Jose||U.S.|
|Marton T. Peralta||City of San Jose||U.S.|
|Daniel W. Mos||Epcor Water Services||Canada|
|Eric M. Buckman||None||U.S.|
|Seth W. Goertz||Suez||U.S.|
|Michael J. Snee||None||U.S.|
|Timothy L. Perry||None||U.S.|
|Kyle E. Preston||None||U.S.|
|Brandon W. Ballard||San Jacinto River Authority||U.S.|
|Charles E. Kingsley||Burner Design & Control||U.S.|
|Blain A. Powers||Hillsborough County Water Dept.||U.S.|
|Tia B. Hill||BP Chemical||U.S.|
|Travis L. Berry||BP Chemical||U.S.|
|Cody W. Jackson||BP Chemical||U.S.|
|Robert A. Knight||BP Chemical||U.S.|
|Timothy J. Combahee||BP Chemical||U.S.|
|Jessie Smiley||Metropolitan Water District||U.S.|
|Charles E. Johnson||Metropolitan Water District||U.S.|
|Quang Ho||Metropolitan Water District||U.S.|
|Timothy R. Kunes||Metropolitan Water District||U.S.|
|David A. Hall||Metropolitan Water District||U.S.|
|Nicholas A. Panico||Metropolitan Water District||U.S.|
|Andrew T. Kolbenschlag||None||U.S.|
|Anne M. Holladay||None||U.S.|
|Kevin S. Elgin||None||U.S.|
|Bernard Ellis||Cobb County||U.S.|
|Sean O’Connor||The Clorox Co.||U.S.|
|Christopher R. Andrews||UTAS Landing Systems||U.S.|
|Tyler J. Laranjo||None||U.S.|
|Alexander J. Kuchta||None||U.S.|
|Michael P. Moehringer||Dominion Transmission Inc.||U.S.|
|Daniel E. Witschen||None||U.S.|
|Samuel Fitzgerald Cofer||Valero||U.S.|
|Dillion G. Y’Barbo||Valero||U.S.|
|Blake J. Hale||Valero||U.S.|
|Nicholas J. Hicks||Valero||U.S.|
|Jason R. Barnes||Prime Controls||U.S.|
|Christopher Shane Clements||None||U.S.|
|David B. Smith||South Valley Water Reclamation Facility||U.S.|
|Stephen W. Jankovich||None||U.S.|
|Rowland D. Ketchersid||None||U.S.|
|John P. Cervantes||San Jacinto River Authority||U.S.|
|Thomas C. Sainio||None||U.S.|
|James A. Juristy||AECOM URS E&C||U.S.|
Certified Automation Professionals
|Abdelghani A. Daraiseh||Aramco||Saudi Arabia|
|Calen J. Moerman||None||U.S.|
|Ronald Villaros Villar||Petrokon Utama Sendirian Berhad||Brunei|
|Wael A. Rahman Sayed||Petroleum Development Oman-Shell||Oman|
|Raymond E. Parazin||Xcel Energy – Black Dog||U.S.|
|Phuoc Bao Chi||None||Switzerland|
|Mark J. Regis||None||U.S.|
|Robert J. Croom||None||U.S.|
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