Industry 4.2 TM – Future of work and the worker
In 2011, Germany launched a project called industrie 4.0 – a digital transformation for the manufacturing industry where informational tech meets operational tech to yield connected factories, smart decentralized systems, and a wholly digital supply chain.
“I propose that we need to take that idea one step further by considering how we are preparing future engineers to lead this new world of manufacturing where simulation, cloud computing and systems integration rule. Moreover, we need to focus not only on the future of work, but the worker – Industry 4.2TM” – D. Apelian
There are nine technologies reshaping manufacturing and production today. You can read about them by exploring the concept button below. We propose to respond to our new industrial reality with a multi-tiered paradigm for engineering education that will help the industrial sector secure talent while meeting the sustainability needs of our future.
At UCI, the Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MMT) graduate concentration leading to a M.S. or Ph.D. degree is dedicated to advances in manufacturing innovation. Accordingly, we are offering workshops, seminars, and educational courses in manufacturing technologies and specifically regarding Industry 4.2TM – The future of work and the worker. A course on materials processing that covers Industry 4.2TM is offered every Winter quarter (MSE 173). Our graduate students are mentored in the workings of Industry 4.2TM. Moreoever, the team at UCI is being invited to give keynotes at industry conferences, and also organize a global summit on the subject of the Future of Work and the Worker.