28 May 2013

Siemens' New Learning Advantage for Academia Aids Manufacturing Competitiveness

Students can Augment Classroom Learning with Self-paced 24/7 Access

PLANO, Texas, May 28, 2013 - Siemens is providing the global academic community with on-line access to the industry’s most complete library of product lifecycle management (PLM) software training courses. The new Learning Advantage offering will help better prepare students for jobs in today’s highly competitive manufacturing industry. The offering allows students to augment classroom learning with anytime access to training in Siemens’ NX™ software, Teamcenter® portfolio and Tecnomatix® portfolio through the same courses used by leading commercial manufacturing companies worldwide to train their employees. An individual subscription to the entire library of more than 1,000 self-paced courses is being made available to technical high-schools, colleges and universities for less than the cost of an average single textbook. Siemens’ PLM software is currently in use in more than 11,000 academic institutions around the world.

“There is simply not enough time in our curriculum to cover every aspect of the soft-ware,” said Nate Hartman, assistant department head and associate professor, Department of Computer Graphics, Purdue University. “The projects we ask students to perform in NX and Teamcenter require them to dig a bit deeper than the concepts we demonstrate to them. So Learning Advantage helps us supplement what we demonstrate to the students in class and also helps us keep our faculty’s skills sharp.”

The ability to enhance and grow an effective talent base is core to competitiveness among traditional manufacturing leaders and, increasingly, among emerging market challengers, according to the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. The Index found that access to talented workers is the top indicator of a country’s competitiveness, followed by factors like foreign trade, financial and tax systems, and the cost of labor and materials.

Siemens’ Learning Advantage allows teachers and students to supplement their classroom and lab experience by providing hands-on, web-based interactive learning on the same software technology used by more than 71,000 leading manufacturers around the world. Self-assessment tools enable students to measure and validate application knowledge as well as track and record their progress throughout each course. This helps them fortify their engineering skills and enhance their resumes for potential job opportunities.

“We’ve heard from the global academic community that engineering classroom and lab time is focused on software training in basic concepts, leaving little time for advanced instruction,” said Bill Boswell, senior director, Partner Strategy, Siemens PLM Software. “Through the use of Learning Advantage, students and educators can augment their educational experience using the same training courses that their potential future employers use every day. And in the US, Community Colleges play a unique role in retraining workers and educating students for skilled manufacturing jobs.”

“Learning Advantage is a great tool for both educators and students,” says Joe Vanstrom, instructor and program chair, Iowa Western Community College. “Learning Advantage helps students isolate issues and provides a concise learning plan to address them. Its self-paced format helps me stay ahead of my students and develop comprehensive lesson plans covering sometimes overlooked features in the software. In the future, I will also use Learning Advantage’s online assessments for testing my students’ skills.”

Learning Advantage academic subscriptions are available immediately with courses in English, German, Chinese and Japanese languages. For more information, please visit http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/academic/resources/training/index.shtml.

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with seven million licensed seats and more than 71,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions to help them make smarter decisions that result in better products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) supports the entire value chain of its industrial customers – from product design to production and services – with an unmatched combination of automation technology, industrial control technology, and industrial software. With its software solutions, the Division can shorten the time-to-market of new products by up to 50 percent. Industry Automation comprises five Business Units: Industrial Automation Systems, Control Components and Systems Engineering, Sensors and Communications, Siemens PLM Software, and Water Technologies. For more information, visit www.siemens.com/industryautomation.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. NX, Teamcenter and Tecnomatix are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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