Schneider Electric – TPU Competency Center was opened at Tomsk Polytechnic University. This is the first center to operate behind the Urals. It is intended to train highly-qualified specialists in the field of process automation and production control, and training of petroleum specialists. The center will also be used for the study of human-machine interaction and analysis industrial cyberattack cases, to develop methods for countering network threats. For the moment, Schneider Electric has invested over 10 million rubles to the new center.
Schneider Electric is a world’s expert in power control and automation.
At the opening ceremony TPU Rector Petr Chubik said: ‘Today we open a center which is focused on oil and gas sector. This is a thoughtful choice. For Tomsk Polytechnic and the entire Tomsk region it is an important sector of economy since a lot of people in our region and the neighboring regions are engaged in production, transportation and refining of oil and gas. Schneider Electric operates in all these directions. Therefore, we are happy to welcome our colleagues from petroleum companies of Tomsk and Tomsk region and representatives of Rosatom subsidiaries here. Such companies use products and technology of Schneider Electric in their operation. I am sure that our center will function and develop for the benefit of both TPU and all our business partners.’
At the Schneider Electric – TPU Competency Center the university students will be able get hands-on knowledge and experience of working with modern high-performance equipment of Schneider Electric already during their study and faculty will improve its qualification in the field of relevant developments in the industrial automation market.
Photo: Senior Vice-President of Schneider Electric, Zone President CIS Johan Vanderplaetse and TPU Rector Petr Chubik
Senior Vice-President of Schneider Electric, Zone President CIS Johan Vanderplaetse noted: ‘The guarantee of effective work of any company is its professional staff, that is why interaction with universities is a priority for Schneider Electric, which allows future specialists to master advanced technology during their study at university. In this regard, we are very pleased that we have close relations with Tomsk Polytechnic and its students. Current students can join Schneider Electric in the future or we will meet them when they use our technologies working at Russian petroleum companies, which represent an essential sector in the Russian economy. At present, there is a worldwide demand for talented young professionals who can propose non-standard and effective ideas to solve the most challenging engineering tasks. In this regard, we try to maintain close cooperation with those universities which educate specialists who will take part in the development of the Russian economy’ sector which we call Industry 4.0.’
He added that Schneider Electric is present in over 100 countries around the world, including 35 cities in Russia. However, behind the Urals the company’ presence was not significant. The new center opened on the basis of TPU became the first step to extend the company’s activity in this region.
The new center features unparalleled advanced equipment of Schneider Electric. Part of this equipment only begins to be distributed and commissioned at Russian enterprises. TPU students have already an opportunity to use it.
One of the key elements of the training booth is Schneider Electric Dynamic Simulation Suit (DSS) that includes operator training suit (OTS). DSS ensures opportunities for accurate simulation of high reliable control system which technologists, operators and managers of technological facilities use to optimize design, operation and secure management of working characteristics of technological facilities. In addition, students will be able to use a high-performance programmable logic controller High-End Modicon M580, which is the most powerful in EcoStruxure Plant of Schneider Electric.
Petr Chubik added: ‘We plan to continue equipping the new center with the facilities of our partner companies from oil and gas and petrochemical industries. Here it will be presented as training and demo versions, so it will be possible to educate and train specialists. In the short-term, we plan to conduct research as our university provides master and PhD programs. The education of highly qualified professionals requires the involvement of these specialists in research and design works that is possible when they deal with real practical tasks.’
The center was opened in the framework of the Union of Science, Education and Business in the Age of Industrial Revolution Business Summit supported by the Tomsk Regional Administration.
The representatives of leading Russian industrial companies, business community and educational institutions took part in the panel discussions. The participants of the business program discussed modern trends in the field of industrial automation of technological processes, the implementation of the import substitution program, information security issues in automated process control systems, as well as the introduction of technologies for the industrial Internet of Things.