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Leave of absence or resignation? This is an around-the-world almanac.
I purge every 6— 9 months, often including donations to Goodwill , which can do pickups for free with advanced notice. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Recommended vaccinations and health planning for every nation in the world.
Certain countries require proof of inoculations to pass through customs. Get the shots well ahead of time, as some take weeks to order. Tax Planning — More good news. Even if you permanently relocate to another country, you will have to pay U. This means you have 35 days in a given month period to spend in the U. Get a good accountant and let them do the detail work to keep yourself out of trouble. Department of State in countries. Kids love home work.
Children can often return to traditional public or private schools ahead of their classmates. Home Education Magazine — Rich collection of resources for homeschoolers, traveling families, and unschoolers. Links include curriculum, virtual support groups, legal resources, and archives. Good reasons to learn the law: Some U. Universal Currency Converter — Before you get caught up in the excitement and forget that five British pounds does not equal five U. Universal Plug Adapter — Carrying bulky cables and connectors is irritating— get a Travel Smart all-in-one adapter with surge protection.
Note that it is an adapter helps you plug things in , but it is not a transformer. If the foreign wall outlet has twice as much voltage as in the U. Yet another reason to download necessities abroad instead of taking them all with you.
World Electric Guide — Figure out outlets, voltage, mobile phones, international dialing codes, and all sorts of things related to electric mismatching worldwide. Orbitz is my starting point for pricing comparisons, after which I check both Kayak and Sidestep. Sidestep has proven most effective when searching for flights that start and end outside of the U.
These last-minute weekly travel specials might be the push you need to pull the trigger. CFares — Consolidator fares with free and low-cost memberships. The Couchsurfing Project — Similar to the above but tends to attract a younger, more party-hearty crowd.
See tons of options and choose your specific dates. Otalo is like a Kayak. The site scours a variety of other rental search sites and aggregates the results in one easy-to-use search tool. Think location and reviews see HotelChatter next instead of amenities.
Four-star hotels are for binge travelers; this site can offer a real local flavor before you find an apartment or other longer-term housing. HotelChatter — Get the real scoop on this daily web journal with detailed and honest reviews of housing worldwide.
Updated several times daily, this site offers the stories of frustrated guests and those who have found hidden gems. Online booking is available. These publications rarely allow any disparaging comments about their product and will rarely mention a competing technology except to explain how their product is vastly superior. Such titles are a strong clue that the true purpose of the article might be more sales related than technical.
Does the article mention a particular brand or technology exclusively? Does it offer pros and cons of the subject, or does it only mention advantages and benefits and never mention any negative aspects. These questions can help an engineer quickly determine if the article in question was sponsored by the marketing department. All Rights Reserved.
I must confess that this is one of my favorite lines because it applies to practically everything from managing your boss, to dealing with co-workers, to raising children. If we burn our fingers, we draw them back quickly. If we fail to get a pay raise for doing poor work, we tend to step up our efforts. If a fly is buzzing in our face, we swat at it. How do you swat the fly if your hands are tied?
Concept: Everybody encounters problems that are horribly frustrating, especially if we are dependent upon others to resolve them.
Perhaps a co- worker is lazy and is not pulling his weight, or your child refuses to clean up his room, or another department keeps promising to execute a task but never gets around to it. The answer to all of these is to understand the fundamental truth—that pain is instructive—and then apply that concept. Let us be clear and state that this tip is NOT advocating threats or violence…as tempting as that may be!
If that can be accomplished, the other person has much greater incentive to work on the problem and make it go away. Details: This idea is better explained by example. Several people routinely fail to enter them on time and require constant badgering on a weekly basis. Rather than fight the battle, simply tell Accounting to not issue any paychecks to people who failed to enter their time sheets.
After a check cycle or two, the problem will resolve itself. Assign the chore of cleaning the bathroom to him so that he has to clean up that mess along with the rest of the bathroom every day.
You will suddenly find him making the effort to keep the bathroom much more tidy so he has less work to do. Some players go to the batting cage every week before the game and have good batting averages.
Others never practice and just show up for the game and bat poorly. You have tried to encourage the weak batters to do a bit of practice, but they refuse to be bothered. Rather than fight them, just list the batting averages sorted best to worst and post them in the dugout before each game.
Once the weak guys start getting kidded for being at the bottom of the list, the incentive for moving up will become much greater. Avoid this if possible. Avoid the tendency to be vindictive for past slights, and make sure that the link between cause and effect is clear to the person.
Exceptions: Just to be clear again : this tip is NOT advocating workplace violence. As unhappy as you may be with a co-worker, you are not allowed to threaten him or whack him over the head! Insight: Human relationships and interactions are not generally a strong suit for engineers. Rather than battle a problem, just turn it around so that the person who can resolve the problem is as vexed by it as you are. In a short time, they will WANT to fix it just to make it go away! With a bit of practice, you will find this can be done rather subtly, and people will marvel at your ability to get things done.
Take the time to compliment those you work with when they do a good job. Everybody likes to get recognized. Rule of Thumb: One of the more frustrating problems is the kind that can only be fixed by someone else, and they will not do it. In such a case, find a way to have that person feel the same frustration as you, and they will be much more likely to get it resolved.
Look for another tip next Friday. This is Tip 4. If I am told that everything is fine and on schedule throughout a project, only to find problems at the end, then I have no option but to fail. However, this concept goes far beyond project status reports. For example, overstating experience and skill sets on resumes may be common practice, but as a person who routinely reads resumes and interviews engineering candidates, I can unequivocally say that the quickest way to lose an interview opportunity is to overstate or lie on your resume.
Obviously, listing your work experience is important, but do not take credit for things you did not do and do not claim experience or knowledge you do not have.
Telling the truth breeds trust, and it is that trusting relationship with coworkers and clients that has served me well throughout my career. Concept: This concept is straightforward. People generally give a new acquaintance or business colleague the benefit of the doubt when they first meet them and assume they are a truthful person. However, once the first lie or half-truth is told, everything you say may be called into question.
A reputation as a liar can stick with you for a lifetime. Do not commit to goals you cannot achieve, but always deliver what you promise. If the project is not on track, tell your co-workers or client immediately and seek advice on the best way to resolve it. Your word should be your bond.
If you know the answer, provide it. The fact is that NO new graduate has much worthwhile experience, so the hiring firm has pretty low expectations in that respect. If a candidate declares himself an expert at programming because he wrote a handful of code or claims extensive experience when he has none, not only will he not get hired, he probably will not even get a shot at the first interview. One prospective candidate submitted a resume via email to my company. Ironically, we hire engineers with either of those degrees, but needless to say we did NOT hire him!
This is Tip 5. Every engineer in the history of the world has made mistakes. In fact, the best engineers are the ones who have made LOTS of mistakes—and learned from them. As mentioned previously, pain is instructive, and a painful mistake is a wonderful way to ensure that you will not make the same mistake again.
However, if you never admit it happened, not only will you fail to learn, but others will not learn either. Concept: Every engineer screws up. It is not a question of if, but when it will happen. Do not make a bad situation worse by failing to admit it. Details: If you screw up, admit it early and publicly.
Your co-workers or clients will think much better of you for admitting your fault rather than choosing to blame others or making excuses. Either way, the final result is always dramatically worse than if they had just admitted the mistake right up front.
Just as important as admitting your mistake is learning from it. Take time to understand what went wrong and make changes to ensure that it will never happen again. Better yet, go one step further and tell others about your mistake so they can avoid it themselves. You will learn to spot them quickly. In such a situation, protect yourself with e-mails and paper trails. Exceptions: As odd as it may seem, you can be TOO quick to admit a mistake.
When a problem comes up, before you acknowledge that you made a mistake, take a moment to investigate it and determine whether there really is a problem. Then, if you have made an error, admit it and move on. Insight: You will be amazed how a quick admission of error can defuse a potentially bad scene. When a client or co-worker discovers a problem, it may be tempting to deny or minimize the problem or push it off on someone else. However, the best response is to immediately acknowledge the problem, admit the mistake, and start working toward a solution.
Even if the problem is NOT your fault, avoid the witch hunt and seek to resolve the problem first. Once the crisis is over, you can determine what went wrong, and everyone involved can learn from the error. Rule of Thumb: When not if you screw up, admit it and move on. Admit your mistake and set about correcting it. You never actually fail until you give up.
His job titles have included instrument engineer, production engineer, instrumentation group leader, principal automation engineer, and unit production manager.
In , he joined Avid Solutions, Inc. Vegas has executed nearly 2, instrumentation and control projects over his career, with budgets ranging from a few thousand to millions of dollars.
He is proficient in field instrumentation sizing and selection, safety interlock design, electrical design, advanced control strategy, and numerous control system hardware and software platforms.
This is Tip 6. I am a risk-averse engineer. My clients do NOT like surprises, and they pay me a decent salary to make sure that their automation projects go in as painlessly as possible. Therefore, I do not apply new technologies unless I know they work and I am content to let others debug the latest software revision before I upgrade to it. Concept: Sticking with tried and true techniques that work and are risk-free certainly makes sense.
However, that is no excuse for failing to investigate and try new things. Details: Automation professionals are trained to avoid risk. That is a good thing because trialing untested pieces of equipment or applying novel methods of safety shutdown when designing a control system can have severe consequences if things go awry.
However, that is NOT a reason to avoid making any changes at all. Obviously, the best solution is somewhere in the middle. Some engineers take great delight in getting the latest version of software or specifying the latest technology product.
Rather than debugging code for these firms, the wisest course of action is to lag behind by a software revision or at least wait for Revision X. Keeping abreast of new products and technologies as they are offered and taking advantage of them when it makes sense keeps a plant competitive. Look for opportunities to try new equipment or software on noncritical systems, where the financial and operational risks are low.
Occasionally vendors will allow you to try a particular instrument for free and only pay for it if it works in that application. When making a change is appropriate, make sure that you build a compelling argument for the change, listing the risks and benefits.
Nearly all change is going to cause some short-term discomfort. People need to understand the long-term benefits so they will stop fighting the change and will work toward a better future. Investigate what has been tried before, and find out exactly why it went wrong. There may be some aspect of the process that will not allow the proposed technology to work, and a conversation with the right people could help you avoid an embarrassing failure.
Do not assume that everyone who went before you were idiots. Some might well have been, but dismissing all of the work that has been accomplished previously means recreating everything from scratch.
That will invariably require a lot of time and money and will probably force you to re-learn the hard lessons already learned by your predecessors.
Insight: One way to avoid problems when considering making changes is to develop a network of automation engineers in a couple of plants, or ideally across a couple of industries.
ISA or other technical societies can be an excellent means of doing that. When considering a new technology, ask around and find out how others have fared.
Rule of Thumb: Do not be scared to try new equipment or software but be wise in deciding when and where to try it. Realize that the first version of nearly every software product will be rife with bugs and problems. If possible, wait for the next revision release. This is Tip 7. I have met many people who were infinitely smarter than I, and their intelligence was obvious to me within a few sentences of conversation. Conversely, I have met other people who were quick to inform me of their supposedly advanced intellect, and in most cases they were not very bright at all.
Do not get hung up on showy displays of college degrees, awards, etc.
I know a great many people who never received a degree of any kind, yet they are some of the most knowledgeable and respected engineers in the field. Similarly, I know too many people who have advanced college degrees and have awards and recognition plaques all over their office walls, yet they are incapable of doing the simplest engineering designs.
Like most people, I have tremendous respect for a person who is obviously brilliant yet downplays it. Concept: If a person is extremely intelligent, it will be obvious to everyone after a casual conversation. However, the people who brag about their own intelligence are rarely as smart as they want you to think they are. The most talented and brilliant people will often say the least and listen the most. Ironically, people like that are often not very gifted at all, but carry on the show to make themselves look that way.
Do not ever allow yourself to be counted in that number. On the other hand, it is quite impressive to meet individuals who do not have anything on their wall, constantly downplay themselves and their accomplishments, and yet are true geniuses. Within moments of meeting and talking to a person like that, you know that he or she IS a genius, and yet they will never make mention of it.
That is the person you want to emulate. Never, EVER look down on a person because they lack the education or position that you have achieved. From the CEO to the lowest level employee, everyone knows something that you do not and they can often be valuable sources of information and new ideas.
Treat them with respect, as you would want to be treated, and you will be amazed what they can teach you.