Roberto Rocca Technical Gene
Automation Laboratory 4.0 and FESTO Certification in Mexico
As part of the Roberto Rocca Technical Gene program, equipment for a laboratory was donated to Conalep, Staff Veracruz I. There, teachers were trained to obtain the FESTO certification. They will be in charge of operating the laboratory and guiding students on their way to certification.
TenarisTamsa delivered the equipment of the Automation Laboratory 4.0 with a pneumatic automation platform controlled through mobile devices to the authorities of the National School of Technical Professional Education (Conalep), Veracruz I.
This laboratory seeks to strengthen the technical skills of Conalep students, especially in pneumatics, electropneumatics, PLCs, mathematics, critical thinking, and collaborative work.
Therefore, in a first stage, eight teachers were trained -six from the Conalep I staff and two from the Conalep II staff- to reinforce their knowledge and skills of pneumatics and electropneumatics, during two seminars of 16 hours each, taught by the FESTO Mexico company. Three of the teachers were certified in Electropneumatics and one in Pneumatics. With the FESTO certification, these teachers will be in charge of operating the new laboratory and guiding students on their way to certification.
Víctor Leyva, a teacher at Conalep Staff Veracruz II, who was certified in both disciplines, said:
This certification is very cool because they are teaching us the most modern technologies, the latest in Automation. We were eight teachers who trained with a view to making the children better prepared. The idea is that young people know how to use the same equipment that they will find in universities or companies when they graduate."
Three of the teachers were certified in Electropneumatics and one in Pneumatics.
In turn, Isabel Rodríguez, a teacher from the Conalep Staff Veracruz I, shared: “This laboratory will help us to be able to combine the theoretical part that we see in the classrooms with the practical part, which we call simulations. It allows us to make a simulation much more similar to a production line.”
Prior to the ribbon cutting, Aimeé Osuna, the company's Automation Analyst, delivered a lecture to the Conalep students, with whom she shared the challenges faced by young people in industry 4.0 and the areas of opportunity in which they should work.
“The new industry 4.0 not only requires technically well-prepared professionals in the classroom, but also in practice. Practice makes perfection and that is precisely what they will be able to do in this laboratory”, promised Aimeé.
Aimeé Osuna shared the challenges faced by young people in industry 4.0
“Eight years ago, we launched the Roberto Rocca Technical Gene program with a clear objective: to bridge the gap between what students learn in school and what the industry needs. A program designed from the beginning with strong pillars of training in technical, industrial safety and mathematical skills”, said Rosa Elena Pérez, TenarisTamsa Community Relations Manager.
In August 2023, teachers who failed to be certified will be able to take the evaluation again. In addition, training and subsequent certification in PLC's will be carried out.