Virtual Engineering Week offers engineers insights on managing change in manufacturing careers and on conducting a job search.

MDDI Staff

November 20, 2020

2 Min Read
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This year has given engineers plenty of challenges to overcome, some of which may pertain to their own careers. The pandemic has demanded a new way of working and in some cases has altered employment plans. Virtual Engineering Week offers engineers a number of sessions to help them adapt to such changes and to prepare for job searches if needed. Check out the sessions listed below and register here


How to Survive Cultural Disruption from Disruptive Technology

Will Healy III  (Industry Strategy Manager - Americas, Balluff)
Date: Tuesday, December 1
Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Track: Smart Manufacturing: Robotics & AI 

New technology is bombarding manufacturers. Every week news pops up about some new incredible technology that is being used to dramatically improve productivity and improve the bottom line. Millennials and Generation Z now dominate the workforce and are demanding that we use more cutting-edge technology. How our organizations are structured today is not the right framework for success tomorrow, and the traditional manufacturing culture is not prepared to take on the upcoming cultural changes and technology disruption. In this session, we will uncover a simple plan for bringing disruptive technology into the plant and how to minimize the cultural shockwaves that any change and especially new technology make. 

Topics covered include: 

  • How the implementation of different types of new technology, both traditional and disruptive, affect positively the production and the culture in the plant

  • The impact of generational changes in our organizations, especially how to prepare for millennial leaders and how to engage the passion of Gen Z as they enter our workforce

  • A basic philosophy for addressing automation changing the way people work

  • The positive impacts of adding diversity into our organizations and bringing more women into manufacturing roles

  • A simple roadmap for technology adoption in a factory to improve organizational success


The Future of Industrial Jobs and Manufacturing

Ryan Chan  (Founder & CEO, UpKeep)
Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Track: Engineering Your Career 

Join this session to understand how COVID has accelerated a digital transformation in manufacturing and what that means for the future of industrial jobs, and your career.


Professor Nez  (Personal Branding Coach & LinkedIn Expert , Professor Nez Consulting Agency, LLC)
Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Track: Engineering Your Career 

In this session you will learn how to build a resume with a value proposition that aligns with your target position and prepare for the search and acquisition of a new job. Topics include:

  • Personal branding

  • Building your professional reputation

  • Taking control of interviews

  • Enhancing industry presence


Personal Branding on LinkedIn

John Crombie  (Founder and President, UpStart Product Development)
Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Track: Engineering Your Career 

In this session attendees will learn how to attract the right audience by building a personal brand on LinkedIn. This starts with the context of understanding why a personal brand is important and how LinkedIn is the sole platform of importance for companies, industries, and organizations.


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