Why You Should Scrutinize Technical Articles for Bias

Why You Should Scrutinize Technical Articles for Bias

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 #2.   Of all of the engineering fields, I have to think that our field of automation has one of...
How to Build Communications Skills as an Engineer

How to Build Communications Skills as an Engineer

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 #40.   Consider the stereotype of the engineer. He (or she) is shy, socially inept, and rarely...
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 You Should Avoid Scripted Control System Demonstrations

Why You Should Avoid Scripted Control System Demonstrations

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 #38.   We have all been there. The sales person stands before the crowd demonstrating a control...
Treat Every Industrial Automation Professional with Respect

Treat Every Industrial Automation Professional with Respect

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 #48.   I was born in a very small town in southern Mississippi. From the earliest age, I was...
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...
Butterfly and Ball Valves with Positioners Are Not Control Valves

Butterfly and Ball Valves with Positioners Are Not Control Valves

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 #10.   One of the more heated arguments I had with a client involved his extreme desire to use...
Automation Industry Career Tip: Admit Your Errors

Automation Industry Career Tip: Admit Your Errors

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 #5.   This tip is really an extension of the previous “Never Lie” tip. Every engineer in the...

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...

Why You Should Test Every Communication Network Before DCS Start-up

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 #28. Over the course of many years, I have learned to be suspicious of anything that is...

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