Virtual Reality Training Will Create Paths to Robotics Careers
The shortage of skilled robotic technicians is a significant hurdle in the adoption of robotics, and it is hindering the growth of advanced manufacturing. The ARM Institute is collaborating with its nearly 340+ members to develop a Virtual Reality environment in which potential and current manufacturing employees can undergo performance-based assessments that test their robotic and automation knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). The immersive VR technology will be used to test people on their robotics competency and recognize their Industry 4.0 robotics skills.
Many potential and current manufacturing technicians have KSAs that can easily be upskilled for robotics and automation. Providing a low-cost testing mechanism to validate competency levels will alleviate the need for classes and shorten the hiring, onboarding and time to productivity for new employees.