I'm a contract industrial process designer/builder. Most of the machines I build are furnaces of one type or another. I've been in the field for 17 years. I've been in business for myself since '08. I got my BSME from The Ohio State University in '93.
The transformative nature of designing and making things was the overarching, common theme at separate conferences held in Boston by two giants in the PLM space: Autodesk, with its Accelerate 2015, and Siemens’s Industry Analyst Conference 2015.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.