Call me old-fashioned, but I still like to read the print versions of these monthly magazines. If you are more digitally-inclined, there are some associated web-sites as well. I read the magazine for an overview of what’s new, and I use the web site when I am looking for something specific.

Magazine / Web Site

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Commentary

Control Magazine

www.controlglobal.com

The editorial staff at Control have their fingers on the pulse of the process control and automation industry. You can subscribe to the magazine in print or digital form. They have insightful articles and a comprehensive annual salary survey. The associated web site is a wealth of information, too.


Control Engineering

www.controleng.com

Control Engineering is more nuts-and-bolts than Control magazine. It carries a great deal of information on the hardware of process control, and some insightful process control articles by editor Vance Van Doren. Check out the “Industry Channel” for Process Control.


Automation.com

www.automation.com

What started as a loosely-organized website for job seekers has now become a full-fledged industry newsletter. Editor Rick Zabel and crew put out regular newsletters full of industry news. This one is 100% digital, no print version available. They have one of the most targeted job-posting boards around. Whether you are a job seeker or an employer, this is a good place to look for a match.


Automation World

www.automationworld.com

This magazine covers the business of automation in a very broad sense. This means that it covers both process and discrete, and from the sensor layer all the way up through the IT department and beyond, into the executive suite. From a process control perspective, you get little that is directly applicable…but you can learn a lot about areas on the fringe of process control. I recommend paying attention for some of Editor Gary Mintchell’s philosophical insights. Reading this magazine may not help you solve today’s problem, but it might help you to broaden your mind and to think about the problems that are coming.


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