Future of the Technician Workforce Study

Key Technologies for the Future

Across all sectors, there are eight major technology categories that will likely shape the future of industry. This study uses the following categories to group its findings. 1. Additive Manufacturing (i.e., 3D printing) : The manufacturing of 3D objects from computer-aided design (CAD) models by successive layers of materials. 2. Advanced Process Control : A broad range of technologies used for controlling and optimizing processes to achieve efficiency improvements, detect variability, increase profits, reduce operator interaction, and reduce waste. 3. Artificial Intelligence : Machine learning algorithms and neural networks that intake information from the environment, make assessments, and determine actions best suited to achieve defined goals. 4. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality :  Virtual Reality: an artificial experience in which a user interacts with a simulated environment or virtual representation of the real world.  Augmented Reality: a simulated display of computer-generated perceptual information (visual, auditory, etc.) and images superimposed over real, physical objects. 5. Automation and Robotics : Using technologies in a process or procedure so it can be performed with minimal human assistance.

6. Data Analytics & Data Science : A set of methods, processes, algorithms, and systems for inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data to discover useful information, inform conclusions, and support decision-making.

7. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) : Networked sensors, instruments, equipment, and computer controls

allowing for data collection, exchange, and analysis to improve productivity and efficiency and additional operational or economic benefits. system that combines controls systems, electronic systems, mechanical systems, and computers to generate simple, economical, and reliable systems.

8. Mechatronics : A multidisciplinary

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