Automation Mentor Program: Become a Mentor
The Automation Mentor Program connects interested individuals with a Technical or Career Mentor who will answer their questions about automation and its industries, career opportunities, skill sets, and more.
What does a Mentor do?
|As a Career Mentor, you will:
As a Technical Mentor, you will:
- Explain what automation is and encompasses—the wide range of areas, fields, and industries that make up the profession as a whole—in a non-technical way to participating Veterans
- Help participating Veterans determine if a career in automation is right for them
- Help participating Veterans match the skills they acquired in their military service with career opportunities in automation
- Serve as a guide for participating Veterans as they start down the path to a career in automation
- Share your expertise and wisdom—in a specific industry or technology—with participating Veterans through an online advisory role
Interested in becoming a Career Mentor?
Complete the Automation Career Mentor Application below.
Interested in becoming a Technical Mentor?
Click here or visit www.isa.org/Mentor to complete the ISA Mentor Program Mentor Application.
Career Mentor Requirements
Career Mentors will play a critical role in helping people new to automation find a career fit for their individual skills and interests. A Career Mentor must:
- Have experience and knowledge in a wide range of automation fields AND being able to explain them in a non-technical way to a layman
- Possess good listening and communications skills
- Be able to present information in a non-biased way
- Be committed to their role as a Career Mentor.
Career Mentors must have substantial knowledge and/or experience* in the following areas:
- Controls Systems
- Application Software (PLC, DCS, SCADA configuration)
- Technician Job Functions and Skills
- CAD/Designer Job Functions and Skills
- Control System programming
- Engineering Job Functions and Skills
- Technical Sales Job Functions and Skills
- Process Industries
- Discrete Manufacturing Industries
- Building Automation
- Utilities or Infrastructure Industries (water/wastewater, power, gas, etc.)
*You should be able to describe typical workdays and what skills are required to perform these jobs.
Career Mentor Application
Please submit a resume and a write-up that outlines your professional work history in automation. Make sure that the resume/write-up answers the questions below. You may also answer the questions directly and submit them with your resume and write-up.
- How many years of experience in automation do you have?
- What is your educational background? What degrees have you attained?
- What certifications, licensures, and/or industry designations do you currently hold?
- Describe the industry sectors or types of facilities in which you have worked (e.g. process, manufacturing, utilities, wastewater, chemical plant, meat packing, plastic molding, etc.).
- What specific automation job functions have you held/performed (e.g. Instrument Engineer, programmer, designer, engineer, technician, tech sales, marketing representative, etc.)?
- What specific job functions have you directly supervised (e.g. instrument engineer, programmer, designer, engineer, technician, tech sales, etc.)? Please provide an approximate number for individuals you supervised or were responsible for.
- Describe any sales/marketing positions you have held or sales/marketing roles you have played as part of your positions held.