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The Future of Maintenance – Part 11 – The AI era needs a digital skillset

The industry shapes how we do maintenance. The industry is heading towards an automated digital era. This means that maintenance needs to be ready with a new mindset and a digital skillset

This chat is inspired by an article from McKinsey, The trusted Global management consulting. It speaks about the need for reskilling the current workforce to meet the new Industry 4.0 era. It is the era of interconnected manufacturing equipment and processes. The intelligent control system that connects the manufacturing processes and equipment is capable of taking rational decisions. Using and maintaining such system needs a different mindset and a different skillset than those used in discrete manufacturing. Let’s start by some definitions that will help us set of mindset for the new skillset we need to surf through the digital skills era.

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Mindset needed for the new digital skillset

Mindset means general attitudes and the way we typically think about things

Collins Dictionary

Skill is the the ability to use one’s knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance. It is doing something competently. It is to compete with others in the time, quantity, quality and effectiveness of doing this thing

Merriam-Webster

 A skill set is a collection of abilities that you practise throughout your career.

Indeed

Digital skills are defined as a range of abilities to use digital devices, communication applications, and networks to access and manage information. They enable people to create and share digital content, communicate and collaborate, and solve problems for effective and creative self-fulfillment in life, learning, work, and social activities at large.

UNSECO

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Build and sharpen your new skill set

So let’s redefine our skillset and know the digital skills we need through the following series of articles:

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What propels the need for a digital skillset?

McKinsey, the trusted global management consultant, in its explanation of the Industry 4.0 revolution as a technology revolution that would disrupt how we are doing work emphasizes on the need for a new skillset. It says: “Technology, however, is only half of the Industry 4.0 equation. To thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, companies must ensure that their workers are properly equipped through upskilling and reskilling and then hire new people when necessary. Upskilling means that employees learn new skills to help them in their current positions as the skills they need evolve. Reskilling is the real challenge: workers are retrained with new skills that will enable them to fill different positions within their companies.”

In Conclusion

The industry shapes how we do maintenance. The industry is heading towards an automated digital era. This means that maintenance needs to be ready with a new mindset and a digital skillset. The digital skillset has a range of abilities to use digital devices, communication applications, and networks to access and manage information. They enable people to create and share digital content, communicate and collaborate, and solve problems.

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By Rezika

I intend to create a better-managed value adding working environment.
Projects and Maintenance Manager with broad experience in industrial plants. Managed Projects and applied different maintenance strategies and improvements tasks in different industrial plants: steel, cement, and food industries.

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