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Timeline of Accomplishments

  • 2006
    • March: Automation Federation is established.
      • ISA becomes the founding member of AF.
      • OMAC and WINA become charter members of AF.
  • 2007
    • July: First strategic Capitol Hill visits to build awareness of AF, our expertise, and our initiatives begin.
    • October: National Career Development Association (NCDA) meeting leads to creation of an informative brochure on careers in automation for students, teachers, and guidance counselors.
    • October: Letter from former Governor John Engler supporting AF workforce development efforts begins strategic partnership with the National Manufacturers Association (NAM).
    • November: Strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) begins.
    • December: Strategic partnership with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) begins.
  • 2008
    • January: U.S.Congressman David Price (NC) visits and addresses AF and International Society of Automation (ISA) leaders at AF headquarters.
    • March: The Microsoft Manufacturers User Group (MsMUG) becomes an AF working group.
    • May: MEP and NorthCarolinaMEP help secure a contract for AF with the Piedmont Triad Partnership (PTP).
    • May: First AF Congressional Fly In takes place.
    • May: AF delegation meets with White House staff to discuss Cybersecutiy.
    • May: AF conducts a90-minute program at the MEP national Conference. AF begins strategic partnership with the North Carolina MEP.
    • May: Strategic partnership with U.S. Chamber of Commerce begins.
    • August: Career counselors across the United States receive AF’s and NCDA’s automation careers brochure.
    • September: AF and DOL begin work on the Automation Competency Model.
    • October: Governor Rick Perry (TX) declares 13-19 October 2008, Automation Career Week.
    • November: AF presents information to and establishes a relationship with the national Conference of State Legislators.
    • December: AF presents information to and establishes a relationship with the American Association of Community Colleges.
  • 2009
    • January: AF and DOL complete the Automation Competency Model.
    • March: AF meets with U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (MO) regarding AF initiatives and offers our expertise to the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
    • April: AF and PTP present Technology Career Days event for high school students at Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro, NC, USA.
    • April: U.S. Chamber of Commerce names AF to the Business LEADS Committee to build the education framework for the next generation of workers.
    • April: AF and DOL complete the upper Competency Tiers of the Automation Competency Model. This is the first completed competency model produced by the DOL.
    • May: AF delegation completes successful visit to Capitol Hill.
    • May: AF sponsors and participates in the 2009 Engineering Public Policy Symposium: “Putting Engineering and Science Back into Energy Policy."
    • May: Managing Automation names AF a Progressive Manufacturing 100 (PM100) award winner for the creation and promotion of the Automation Competency Model.
    • June: AF participates in United States – European Union roundtable discussion on economic recovery.
    • June: AF begins partnership with European Union through meetings with the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities for the European Union, Xavier Prats-Monnè.
    • June: EPRI includes ISA99 and ISA100 standards—developed by AF’s founding member, International Society of Automation (ISA)—in their Interim Report on the SmartGrid Interoperability Standards Roadmap for NIST.
    • June : Senator Barbara Mikulski, from the Committee on Appropriations, submits report language to accompany H. R. 2847 (Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010), directing NIST, MEP, and NSF to consider the importance that automation plays in accelerating and integrating manufacturing processes and encouraging them to consult and collaborate with independent experts in the field of automation.
    • June: U.S. Department of Education (DOE) revised the 2010 Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)—the accepted U.S. federal government statistical standard on instructional program)—to include new codes for “Automation Engineer Technology/Technician” (Code 15.0406) and “Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering” (CIP Code 14.4201).
    • August: Automation Federation honors U.S. Senator Richard Burr (NC) “for his early and continued support of the AF’s goal of building the next generation of automation professionals,” at AF headquarters.
    • September: Automation Federation invites associations with similar missions and objectives to become Automation Federation organization members.
    • October: Automation Career Week (5-11 October 2009 in Houston, TX, USA)
  • 2010
  • 2011

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