EDGEMONT, PAEastern Controls, Inc., Endress+Hauser USA, and Drexel University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics in the College of Engineering have developed a three-year partnership to build a talent pipeline of future engineers ready to succeed in careers focused on data-driven manufacturing automation.

“With the commitment of Drexel University and our manufacturing partner Endress+Hauser, we can bring real-world design and process engineering experiences to students who are on the precipice of joining the workforce, better preparing them for the real-world challenges that await them,” said Cliff McLaughlin, President of Eastern Controls.

The partnership will provide co-op opportunities with Eastern Controls and Endress+Hauser, sponsorship of Senior Design projects, and the development of a manufacturing-oriented learning platform. The design and building of this platform will be supported by state-of-the-art instrumentation and controls provided by Eastern Controls and Endress+Hauser. The platform will be designed and built by faculty, co-op students, and senior design teams. Students will have access to the Endress+Hauser Netilioncloud-based Industrial IoT ecosystem as an introduction of machine learning in the undergraduate lab experience. 

“Experiential learning is core to the Drexel ethos,” said Jonathan E. Spanier, professor and department head of Drexel Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics. “Partnering with a global leader in sustainable manufacturing automation will help students deepen the connections between thermal and fluid science fundamentals with controls and machine learning and their practical application.”

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Modeled after the PTU® (Process Training Unit) at both Endress+Hauser’s Greenwood, IN location and Eastern Controls’ in Edgemont, PA, Drexel’s experiential learning platform will center around three main objectives:

  • Provide an interactive, state-of-the-art experience in process control/instrumentation engineering
  • Experiential team-based learning involving students, faculty, and industry professionals
  • Couple process control automation engineering with the design of thermal, energy, and control systems and their integration into the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics curriculum

“I have been very impressed with Drexel’s commitment to creating authentic experiences for their students through industry partnerships,” said Nicole Otte, US Director of Workforce Development for Endress+Hauser, “From the onset of our conversations, they have been ‘all-in.’ To date, this is one of the most in-depth agreements with a university partner that Endress+Hauser and our Representative Partners have been engaged with so early in the process.”

Eastern Controls is actively seeking co-op students for upcoming cycles. Visit your college’s job board to learn more about opportunities in your area of interest.

About Eastern Controls, Inc.:

Since 1969, Eastern Controls has been the Mid-Atlantic’s premier manufacturers’ representative, distributor, and service provider of process measurement and control equipment. Our expertise covers all primary process variable measurements including flow, pressure, level, temperature, and liquid analytical as well as gas detection, control valve, and isolation valve applications.

The foundation of our success is our dedication to customer service, extensive product offerings, and outstanding sales, technical, and application support.

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About Endress+Hauser:

Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services, and solutions for industrial process engineering. We provide process solutions for flow, level, pressure, analytics, temperature, recording, and digital communications, optimizing processes in terms of economic efficiency, safety & environmental impact. Our customers come from various industries, including chemical, food & beverage, life sciences, power & energy, mining, minerals & metals, oil & gas, and water & wastewater.

About Drexel University:

For more than 130 years, Drexel University has empowered students to engineer change in their lives and their careers by emphasizing a balance of theory taught by industry experts and practical experience through experiential learning and its renowned co-op program. As the cornerstone of Drexel, the College of Engineering affects these values by cultivating technically and theoretically trained adaptable engineers who are dedicated to the discovery and the application of technology, and who understand the global, social, and ethical implications of creating sustainable solutions to societal challenges. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics aims to provide comprehensive BS, MS, and Ph.D. degree programs including project-based learning, laboratories and capstone, and other design experiences intended to prepare lifelong learners, graduates for successful careers in engineering and other fields.