ISA Introduces Automation Project Management Specialist Certificate Program

ISA Introduces Automation Project Management Specialist Certificate Program

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the availability of a new professional certificate program covering the unique challenges of project management in the automation industry. The new program is designed for project managers who want to gain a deeper understanding of how to effectively execute automation projects, as well as automation professionals who want to gain an understanding of the basics of automation. project management.

the Automation Project Management Specialist Certificate Program is based on “practical, real-world lessons you can apply to your work today,” said project management veteran Hunter Vegas, who helped develop the program.

“The first third of the course covers the basics of project management so that the whole class is familiar with project management terms and methods of project execution,” Vegas said. “The last two thirds of the course specifically cover automation projects and the various issues/challenges they pose.”

Vegas, who has designed and managed automation projects for most of his 35-year career, has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University, an MBA from Wake Forest, and professional engineering licenses in control systems and electrical engineering in six states. .

“Automation is not well understood by others and requirements are generally poorly defined. The challenges associated with automation project management are legion,” Vegas said in an interview with Christina Ayala for the ISA Exchange Blog.

“This course is not a theoretical project management course,” Vegas added. “It’s a ‘been there, done that and got the scars to prove it’ type course that points out potential pitfalls and provides practical advice on how to solve a whole range of problems and pitfalls.”

Topics include:

  • Integration of several engineering disciplines (software, computer systems, networks and instrumentation)
  • Strong reliance on user requirements from disciplines outside of automation
  • Integration of requirements from many domains (business, engineering, safety, environment)
  • Delays in other areas of the project that propagate into the automation area
  • New technology or technological constraints

An impressive list of project managers from around the world, including Simon Lucchini, Andre Michel, Steve Mustard, Nick Sands and Scott Sommer, helped set up the new certification. Some of the developers regularly worked with projects over $100 million, and others typically worked on smaller projects, so everyone involved contributed different management techniques to the program.

No prerequisites or application are required for the Automation Project Manager certificate program. Choose from several formats, including classroom (MT01), self-paced modular (MT01M), or try the first module of MT01M for free.

ISA also offers a host of other certification programsas the Certified Automation Professional (CAP)various cybersecurity certificatesand several Security certificates. To learn more about all ISA certification programs, visit website.

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