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Process Control Case Histories by Gregory K. McMillan

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The Survival of an Instrument Engineer

We would like to say that a person becomes an instrument engineer after years of diligent study and academic preparation, but this is excerpted from a nonfiction book. No one plans to become an instrument engineer. The prospective engineer doesn’t even know the profession exists until the job offer comes. There are few curricula in universities with even a remotely similar title, no mention of the profession by counselors, and no recognition of the profession in such technical societies as IEEE and AIChe. Also on top of this, public understanding of the profession is nonexistent. Have you ever tried to explain to a spouse or a friend what an instrument engineer does? Tell them you specify D/Ps, RTDs, PLCs, ...

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