Control Engineering career assistance

Think again about career relevancy: Control Engineering’s purpose is to help subscribers and others in our global audience to do their jobs better and accelerate their careers; CFE Media and CFE Technology help. (CFE stands for Content for Engineers.) See resources for automation, controls, and instrumentation.
By Mark T. Hoske August 16, 2017

Control Engineering helps those with interests in automation, controls, and instrumentation to be more effective in the workplace and stay relevant in and accelerate their careers.

Festo Bionic Learning Network’s all-pneumatic collaborative robot uses the Festo Motion Terminal, as demonstrated at SAP offices near Paris in July. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE MediaThe Festo Motion Terminal can replace 50 combinations of pneumatic hardware, can do advanced motion control, and uses software apps. It is expected to be available later this year. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media

Control Engineering coverage includes print, digital editions (with exclusive content beyond the print edition), online (with more content than will fit in print and articles, often with more detail and images), topical newsletters, webcasts, targeted digital reports, five international editions, social media, and Editorial Advisory Board contributions.

This content is supplemented by CFE Media resources, including Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Plant Engineering, IIoT for Engineers, Oil & Gas Engineering, CFE Media Research, and Marketing to Engineers, and by CFE Technology platforms, including Global System Integrator Database, New Products for Engineers Database, CFE Edu educational platform, Content Partner program, and ContentStream products.

Because of targeted Control Engineering coverage, surveys show our audience appreciates advertising as much as editorial coverage. While a special advertising section in this issue focuses on education, recent educational efforts are worthy of mention.

Festo Didactic sells five interconnecting, customizable automation modules for training and demonstration, one of which is shown here in the SAP facility near Paris. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media

If that seems like a lot, it is; CFE Media moved to larger headquarters in Downers Grove, Ill., in July. 

Technology training, inspiration

Five automated manufacturing technology educational modules by Festo Didactic help teach those interested in automation and motion control. Nature-inspired motion control demonstrations from Festo Bionic Learning Network, often mechatronic robotic or remote-controlled animals, offer engineering inspiration for science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Knowledge transfer to and from both of these helps Festo innovate present and future motion control offerings.

Endress+Hauser PTUs (Process Training Units) help provide real-world process industry training in 10 locations, this one is at its U.S. headquarters in Greenwood, Ind. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media

The Festo Motion Terminal, introduced at Hannover Fair 2017, brings advanced control, software apps, and variable pneumatic valves adapted from Festo Bionic ants to replace 50 hardware combinations in one unit. See video to learn more.

Soft stop, proportional-integral-derivative (PID), and robotic control capabilities were demonstrated at the Festo International Press Conference in July. See video to learn more.

Real-world learning is available in this Endress+Hauser Process Training Unit in Greenwood, Ind., one of 10 such facilities. Jerry R. Spindler, Endress+Hauser training manager, stands on level 2. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media

Process education centers

Ten process education centers at Endress+Hauser facilities provide training sessions for process control engineers and technicians, while demonstrating capabilities of products from Endress+Hauser and its partners. At its Process Training Unit in Greenwood, Ind., Endress+Hauser’s expanding U.S. headquarters, 120 measurements can be taken at the two-story atrium-styled facility, with an adjacent control room that most engineers would welcome as part of their workplace. See additional explanations and photos (below, in this online version).

This Endress+Hauser Process Training Unit at the Endress+Hauser U.S. headquarters in Greenwood, Ind., has a multi-screen control room with PlantPAx Process Automation System from Rockwell Automation. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media

Training: PLC programming

Part 2 of the 5-part programmable logic controller (PLC) training series at CFE Edu began in July, covering how the PLC CPU works, PLC scanning, addressing, and different PLC programming methods. Help others think again if they believe engineering education ends when university, college, or trade school degrees arrive. Those with engineering responsibilities learn daily.

Mark T. Hoske, content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media. Courtesy: CFE MediaMark T. Hoske is content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media,

ONLINE extra

Additional information, photos, and links appear with this August Control Engineering Think Again, online. Below link to the engineering educational opportunities mentioned above and photo gallery.

Two video clips: Coming soon!

Control Engineering digital editions (with exclusive content beyond the print edition) 

Control Engineering online 

Control Engineering topical newsletters 

Control Engineering webcasts 

Control Engineering digital reports 

Five Control Engineering international editions (link via the flags atop and see translated and other international coverage 

Link to Control Engineering social media atop 

See the Control Engineering Editorial Advisory Board; their roles as EAB members are mentioned at the bottom of their editorial contributions.

2017 career and salary survey 

CFE Media resources 

Consulting-Specifying Engineer 

Plant Engineering 

IIoT for Engineers 

Oil and Gas Engineering 

Applied Automation 

Pure Power 

CFE Media Research related to Control Engineering in every issue.

Marketing to Engineers 

CFE Technology platforms

Global System Integrator Database 

New Products for Engineers Database 

CFE Edu educational platform 

CFE Edu Part 2 of 5-part introductory series on PLCs 

Content Partner program 


That’s a lot to do, and on July 24, expansion continues at a larger headquarters: CFE Media and CFE Technology, 3010 Highland Pkwy, Suite 325, Downers Grove, IL 60515. Phone and website remain: (630) 571-4070 and

Festo Bionic Learning Network 

Festo Didactic 

Festo Motion Terminal 

Endress+Hauser education 

Endress+Hauser recent expansion