October 2012

Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

Why don’t we properly train control engineers?

While there are managers in the process industry that see training control engineers as a “no-brainer,” these are very much in the minority. They may send staff on courses covering configura..

King, M. J., Whitehouse Consulting

While there are managers in the process industry that see training control engineers as a “no-brainer,” these are very much in the minority. They may send staff on courses covering configuration of the distributed control system (DCS) and implementation of multivariable predictive control (MPC), but some managers seem to miss the point that engineers also need to develop expertise in basic control techniques. It appears to be a case of not knowing what they don’t know—i.e., there is a lack of appreciation of what a fully trained engineer can achieve. Without an injection of expertise, so-called “experienced” staff lack the knowledge to pass on to new recruits.

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