BridgeValley Community and Technical College in West Virginia celebrates the opening of a cutting-edge PTU (Process Training Unit) made possible by the generous contributions of Endress+Hauser, BridgeValley, and Rockwell Automation. Thanks to industry partners, BridgeValley will be the new home to a $1 million, 1800-sq-ft, state-of-the-art PTU.
“By working alongside BridgeValley and other universities, Endress+Hauser can help secure the talent pipeline and better prepare our next-generation workforce for successful careers in the field of process control and automation,” said Brandyn Ferguson, vice president of human resources, Endress+Hauser. “The innovative approach we have taken at BridgeValley is truly unique to the industry.”
The BridgeValley PTU will serve as a go-to place for companies who are seeking workforce training for their employees and customers, and for students to utilize as they pursue their degree programs. The PTU combines theory and a hands-on approach to provide participants with real-world experience in a safe, working process environment.
The PTU is outfitted to help students and customers gain hands-on experience with the types of operation, diagnostics, and troubleshooting found in real-life process plants. It features the latest Endress+Hauser flow, level, temperature, pressure, and analytical instrumentation, two 350-gal tanks, in addition to the PlantPAx process control system donated by Rockwell Automation. The PlantPAx process automation system will be used in a functioning environment with field devices to train customers for operation and maintenance of process systems. In addition, it provides a venue for demonstrations of Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation technology and a regional resource for customers to obtain hands-on training in a controlled environment.
“A key aspect of our role in the community is to partner with industry leaders to provide technical education necessary to keep our companies competitive and jobs in West Virginia,” said Dr. Jo Harris, BridgeValley president. “Our collaboration with Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation allows students and local companies to receive real-world experience in a controlled learning environment.”
The partnership between BridgeValley, manufacturers Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation, and the sales and service company Forberg Scientific Inc. will benefit the community and industry in West Virginia by not only offering learning opportunities for college students, but also industrial training for workers from many large companies in the area wanting to modernize their processing plants, and take advantage of new technology to develop more efficient operations.
The BridgeValley PTU is one of 10 across the U.S. built to help keep up with the heightened demand for workforce training. Recognizing this trend, Endress+Hauser has made investments to become the clear leader and number one instrumentation training provider in the industry.
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