2015 process manufacturing salary survey results

More than 44 percent say they’re earning more than $100k, yet worries about job security and looming retirements remain high.

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Process manufacturing salaries in 2015 continued their slow rise from a low point in the recession of 2008, with more than 44% of respondents to the 2015 Control Salary Survey reporting that they earn more than $100,000. Process manufacturing companies remain frugal with pay increases, however, with close to 41% of respondents reporting they received no pay increase or an increase of less than $1,000. Overall, aftershocks from the recession continue to affect the process manufacturing profession, with poor perception of job security, stress caused by rapid economic and technological changes, and a looming retirement brain drain taking their toll on process automation…

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This column is moderated by Béla Lipták, automation and safety consultant, who is also the editor of the Instrument and Automation Engineers’ Handbook (IAEH). If you have an automation related question, send them to: liptakbela@aol.com.  Q: Coriolis for orifice backup? I am working at RCSPL, a…

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Batch process control can seem like another world compared to continuous process control. In batch operations, process conditions are constantly changing and control loops are going in and out of service. PID control may take a back seat to sequential scheduling of manipulated flows. Here we look at why batch processes are so different and challenging and what can we do wherever possible to apply the power of PID control and Model Predictive Control (MPC). The ultimate objective here is to take advantage of the lessons learned in both worlds and enable the process control engineer to move effectively between the two worlds.

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