Mario Lasiu’s routine is full of interactions with machines. He works as a maintenance supervisor for Teyma Abengoa, an engineering, construction and industry services company in Uruguay. Like many people in a similar context, his work is being affected by current technological changes.
“We had a problem with a vehicle which is highly automated. It was taking us a lot of time to try to solve it. It was very difficult to understand automation and how it works,” he said.
Faced with an endless process of trial and error, Mario and two of his co-workers decided to update their skills and take classes in mechatronics – a sub-field of engineering that unifies mechanics, electronics and computer science.
“After six or seven classes, the problem we had was approached. We talked to the teachers about it, then went back to the company and were able to solve the issue,” he said.
Cases like Mario’s clearly show that automation is redefining many jobs. Those affected need to learn how to better use and interact with automated machines.