Industry partners invest in Purdue Engineering Tech program
Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation make major investment in Purdue Engineering Tech program
The Purdue Integrated Process Education System (PIPES) laboratory was fully designed and implemented through collaboration of industry professionals, faculty and a group of seniors from the Purdue Manufacturing Engineering Technology program.
The Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET) students and faculty in the Purdue School of Engineering Technology celebrated the joint creation and development of the Purdue Integrated Process Education System (PIPES) laboratory during an open house hosted at the West Lafayette, Ind., campus on Friday, May 8th.
State-of-the-practice process education lab for students
Through the generous support and donations from industry partners Endress+Hauser, Rockwell Automation, George E. Booth Co., Kirby Risk Corporation and other suppliers, Purdue University will be the new home to a state-of-the-practice process education lab for students. Donations to Purdue University included process measurement instrumentation, a control system, control panels, servers, hardware, piping, large industrial water tanks, pumps, valves, cabling, and engineering guidance.
An opportunity to teach process measurement and control
The fully operational system was designed and constructed during a year long capstone project undertaken by senior students of Purdue’s Integrated Manufacturing course sequence. Beginning in the fall of 2015, the system will be used to teach process measurement and continuous control, mostly from a technology and implementation perspective.
Summer workshops available to industry
A long-term goal is for the PIPES lab to be used for summer workshops available to industry – taught by both faculty and industry representatives – where practicing engineers would visit the university for two to five days to learn about and experience process control integration.
Increasing student exposure to fulfilling careers
By partnering with Purdue, supporting companies strive to increase student exposure to fulfilling careers in the industry. Many times students fail to recognize the diverse career options available. Additionally, these academic programs augment hands-on industry competencies and positively impact the problem solving abilities of students through real-world practice. In turn, graduates are more competitive in the job market and have connection with the industries they select for their careers.