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April 14, 2020 at 3:28 pm #375Mike RKeymaster
As the world becomes more complex and automation takes over more and more of the physical world, there will be an ever-growing demand for technicians who can keep everything running. This will be particularly true as the world moves to a decentralized, low carbon energy mix and more and more devices are connected in what is called the internet of things.
The way these jobs function, will, however, evolve and we should expect extensive use of augmented reality and artificial intelligence in technical fields. Schneider Electric, for example, has a phone App that literally allows a technician to see inside of closed power cabinets that show the voltage across different circuits, the temperature running through the switches and other technical parameters.
One of the issues to bear in mind, however, is that in today’s changing environment, technical positions may require constant re-training and education and there may be a moment when entire job categories disappear due to technological advancement. Electric vehicles, for example, require less maintenance than cars that run on gasoline or diesel.