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|Read February's 2008 cover story, Process Automation Hall of Fame.|
Also, listen to Walt Boyes talking to the 2008 inductees to the Process Automation Hall of Fame.
I see six primary trends in the future of automation:
Automation is a great field for anyone interested in a technical career. Automation offers an unbeatable opportunity to grow and advance as fast as you are motivated to do so, to work for companies ranging from very small to very large—even to start your own company, to move easily from theoretical to application work, hardware to software, office to plant, working mostly alone to working closely with a team, and from being a working technical engineer to working in project/personnel management. And the financial reward for good performers is very good. However, since it is still so difficult to learn much about automation in engineering schools and since most companies no longer offer extensive internal training like Monsanto did in the 1960s, it is a challenge to become well-trained. And you can’t be good unless you are well-educated. In this environment, an automation professional needs to be a really good self-starter to master what he/she needs to know.
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