I am approaching 40 years in the Controls Engineering field with 20+ of those years being in the Pulp and Paper Industry. I consider myself fortunate to have chosen such a challenging and rewarding career that is ever changing and requires constant learning to keep up. I started out as an Industrial Electrician and progressed to a Controls System Support Engineer, and now as an Instructor at a major University. All without having an accredited degree in Engineering. This was accomplished by constant learning, self study, and perseverance. I have ran conduit, pulled wire, built electrical panels, performed electronics board level repair, experienced a rubber batching process converted to mainframe computer control from single boolean logic modules, programmed and maintained several major vendor's PLCs, worked with embedded microprocessor controls, learned and programmed in multiple programming languages (to include C, PASCAL, Delphi, PowerBuilder, Python, Visual Basic to name a few), worked with Relational Databases (to include ORACLE, Microsoft SQL Server, Interbase, DBase, Paradox, MySQL, and Microsoft Access), DCS Configuration for Bailey Infi 90 and Emerson DeltaV, HMI configuration for Wonderware, RsView, Panel Views, and iFix, managed vendor selection for DCS Upgrade, managed standards development for using Object Based Class Libraries in an IT role as well as Class Based control standards for Emerson DeltaV, been the primary DCS Engineer in implementing MPC Controls for supervisory control for Recovery/Recaust Area. In addition, I have worked without a Lost Time Accident all these years.