The Fieldbus Center at Lee College (www.knowthebus.org) will hold a training event specifically designed for instrumentation personnel in Clear Lake, Texas, on Aug. 17-18, 2006. The Fieldbus Center at Lee College is a National Science Foundation (NSF, www.nsf.gov)-recognized and funded institution, and the event is called the Instrumentation Education, Training and Development Conference (IETDC).

The conference 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 Chuck Carter, director of the Fieldbus Center, 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, in a prepared statement. “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.

The Fieldbus Center is seeking input from the instrumentation industry on conference discussion topics, white papers, presenters, and sponsors. For more information, or to register for the event, contact Marsha Swimmer Tuha, operations specialist, Fieldbus Center at Lee College, at 832 556-4446 or mswimmer@lee.edu.