Consider Intangible Costs When Calculating an Industrial Project

Consider Intangible Costs When Calculating an Industrial Project

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #42. If you are the optimistic sort who always sees the good in your fellow man and always...
Why Engineers Should Foster Relationships with Vendors

Why Engineers Should Foster Relationships with Vendors

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #44. Automation engineers spend a lot of money. Instruments and control systems are expensive...
Why Is Instrumentation Critical for the Automation Professional?

Why Is Instrumentation Critical for the Automation Professional?

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #34. This tip is actually a compilation of Tip #1 “Never Stop Learning” and Greg’s tip on “Seek...

How to Build a Successful Project Team in the Automation Industry

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is  Tip #46. Study after study has shown that human perception quickly turns into reality. If a class...
Automation Industry Career Tip: Appearance Matters

Automation Industry Career Tip: Appearance Matters

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #30.   I was working on a large project early in my career and due to a last-minute design...

Automation Industry Career Tip: Make Yourself More Marketable

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #58. I have heard engineers say that they can’t go to a technical conference or take a course,...

The Best Process Control Technical Resources May Be Out of Print

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is  Tip #53. I have about 100 binders of articles and papers and 100 books that were gathered between...
Why New Engineers Should Get Plant Experience Early

Why New Engineers Should Get Plant Experience Early

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #41. You’re studying the elephant in school. You look at the pictures, learn about the anatomy...
Why Industrial Engineers Should Learn to Estimate Jobs

Why Industrial Engineers Should Learn to Estimate Jobs

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #45. When I started my career I had no idea what anything cost. I would be asked to estimate a...

Automation Career Tip: Know the Codes

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #39. Needless to say, studying the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes and...

Why Operators Can Make or Break an Automation Project

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #35. Senior management holds the purse strings, engineers do the design, and...

Why You Should Look for Opportunities to Improve Plant Profitability

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is  Tip #54. You can pursue your own PCI initiative by estimating the monetary value of your ideas....

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