"Production has to become ever faster, while at the same time software and machines are becoming ever more complex. How will digitalization change the acquisition of knowledge and skills for employees in production?"
The dynamic development of digitalization in production calls for lifelong learning. If you want to successfully survive in your career as a CNC expert, you will need to continually expand your knowledge. Course outlines will need to be critically assessed to determine whether they still meet the requirements of networked production. During the course of a three-year vocational training program, technology can develop so quickly that the program’s objectives can become out of date. Industries and associations are already offering additional qualifications alongside training. Traditional job profiles will gradually disintegrate. For example, modern CNC machining centers are already demanding skills in both turning and milling – and soon in 3D printing, too.
The need for further training will increase dramatically with digitalization. Processes will change and operators will need to adapt to new tools and software. This will not be able to be achieved in reasonable time – or at reasonable expense – solely through traditional attendance-based training in which trainers and trainees teach and learn in a room at fixed times. In the future, more and more employees will acquire knowledge through webinars, forums, tutorials, colleague networks, knowledge databases and online searches.
In order to solve problems with CNC machining much faster, on-the-job Internet research will be used more frequently. Our forums, as well as the relevant manufacturers of machines, tools, and control systems, also offer materials in the form of PDFs, articles, diagrams and videos.
Familiarize yourself with the extensive research and assistance options available on the Internet – including how to distinguish trustworthy and reliable offers of help from advertising; or identify unreliable, incorrect sources of information. In particular, industry forums – Internet portals where colleagues come together on a range of professional topics – offer many opportunities to acquire knowledge besides traditional formats. In addition, you can put your experience with online research to good use at home.