The Aerospace Industry and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

AÉROÉTS helps SMEs adapt

October 14, 2016
The fourth Industrial Revolution is a source of the wildest dreams and most pessimistic worst-case scenarios, particularly for the job market. No industry, not even aerospace, is immune to the revolution dominated by the boom of cloud computing, metadata, and artificial intelligence, among other factors. To help SMEs adapt, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) has just launched Aerospace 4.0, an integrated research, teaching, and training program.

“ÉTS is at the forefront of Canadian universities with the introduction of a specialized industry 4.0 program for aerospace,” explained Hany Moustapha, professor at ÉTS and director of AÉROÉTS, the institution’s hub for aerospace work.

The program is part of Quebec’s 2016–2026 aerospace strategy, which the Government of Quebec introduced last May. The strategy states that initiatives should be launched to support Quebec companies during this crucial turning point.

“It’s true that every effort should be made to maintain the aerospace industry’s competitiveness. The industry plays an important role in Quebec’s economy with 40,000 jobs, 200 companies, and annual sales of $15.5 billion,” said the AÉROÉTS director.

“Despite the growing use of robotics and computerization, several studies show that there will be a substantial increase in jobs during the fourth Industrial Revolution. However, the challenge will be to protect the workforce, review organizational models, begin recruiting strategically, and plan for labour needs,” explained Moustapha.

In short, because robots play such an important role in the new aerospace industry, personnel must be trained to design, program, supervise, repair, and maintain them.

To help workers gain this skill set, ÉTS has designed seminars and short-term continuing education classes. Managers, engineers, technicians, and workers in the aerospace industry can now enrol in courses that will take place in November. These training sessions will address artificial intelligence, collaborative robotics, additive manufacturing, and metadata security.

Research attuned to the needs of Company 4.0

All industry issues can be examined by Aerospace 4.0’s research component: digital, simulation and integration of design, manufacturing, maintenance and supply chain, customer service, and human resources.

“Our researchers can assess the degree of a company’s maturity and determine the steps it should take to become a 4.0 company,” said Moustapha. The experts at ÉTS can also help companies handle specific issues. For example, research projects can be designed to address major topics.

“At our institution, I believe that workers and SMEs will find all the tools they need to face this significant paradigm shift,” added Moustapha.

With its 56 professors, 1,000 students, 70 industry partners, 14 laboratories, and 10 research chairs, AÉROPOÉTS is truly at the cutting edge of aerospace innovation. It would be hard to find a better institution.

Hany Moustapha ETS 
Hany Moustapha, professor at ÉTS and director of AÉROÉTS.

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