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Superior Controls Bob PatrickBlog Post by Vice President of Engineering, Robert Patrick, Superior Controls, Inc.

As new employees, engineers are required to complete a number of training modules (29 to be exact) which cover topics ranging from office procedures to technical topics such as Good Documentation Practice (GDP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

After completing the required modules, each engineer is assigned a training project for a small batching system.  This is a great opportunity for individuals to execute a project from beginning to end, learn how we execute projects, and become familiar with our software modules and documentation templates.

The steps involved with the training project include:

  • Review and understand the scope
  • Identify the I/O for the system based on the supplied P&ID
  • Complete an electrical design for the control cabinet
  • Develop the design documents for the system
  • Program the PLC and Operator Interface
  • Test the system

We first implemented the training project in the spring of 2015.  The feedback from new employees has been extremely positive.  It has been a great tool for onboarding both junior and senior engineers.  We are in the process of making a number of enhancements to the project for 2017 which include the execution of a Software Factory Acceptance Test (SFAT) and Hardware Factory Acceptance Test (HFAT).  Our goal is to have the updates ready for our new college hires this spring.