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Fieldbus Center To Host Instrumentation Education, Training and Development Conference

BAYTOWN, Texas, Jan. 2006 - The Fieldbus Center at Lee College, a National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized and funded institution, will host an Instrumentation Education, Training and Development Conference(IETDC) in Clear Lake, Texas, on August 17-18, 2006. The event will have a national scope, addressing key issues in technology training and development for instrumentation personnel at all levels.

The first annual meeting of its kind, the IETDC will discuss the impact of training across the entire plant automation field from new digital technologies such as fieldbus, to conventional instrumentation and process control systems.

According to Fieldbus Center Director Chuck Carter, the conference was organized in response to the growing shortage of personnel trained in the latest instrumentation technologies. "In the coming years, industrial manufacturers around the world will face a very significant and inevitable challenge: keeping pace with the accelerating retirement rate for today's experienced technicians and operators," said Carter. "The control and instrumentation field can only remain strong by enabling the education of tomorrow's workforce."

The IETDC program will examine the critical role of education and technology instruction in meeting the needs of plants, factories, research facilities and related industries. Anyone involved with training the instrumentation workforce, from helpers to engineers, is encouraged to attend and participate.

The Fieldbus Center is seeking input from the instrumentation industry on conference discussion topics, white papers, presenters, and sponsors.

About the Fieldbus Center
Located approximately 30 miles east of Houston in Baytown, Texas, the Fieldbus Center at Lee College is recognized and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Fieldbus Center's mission is to provide technical education solutions for networking, instrumentation, and electrical technologies impacted by the advent of fieldbus. The Center develops hands-on programs for teaching fieldbus and process control systems, creates and maintains an applied research center, and develops multi-craft curriculum for fieldbus and industrial networking technologies.
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