Ed Nauman had a bad habit of leaving
his workshop at night without turning off the heater. His wife would get up in
the morning and find - to her consternation - the workshop was plenty toasty.
In the interest of keeping peace in his household, Ed decided to create a
gadget that would save the energy spent through forgetfulness. He knew he could
buy an off-the-shelf solution, but as he says, "Where's the fun in that?"
Instead, Ed turned to the world of thermostats and microcontrollers.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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