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Gerald Wilbanks, P.E.
Documentation & Engineering Services (DES)
125 Woodward Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35173
Gerald Wilbanks, P.E. Vice President of Documentation and Engineering Services (DES) in Birmingham, Alabama has over 50 years of experience in engineering, management, consulting, and design in heavy industry. His experience background includes 15 years as principal of his own firm, DES; 32 years as vice president and lead control systems engineer with Rust Engineering Company, and 4 years as an instrument engineer with Union Carbide Chemicals.
He is a registered professional engineer in Alabama and Mississippi, a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a Former President (1995) of the International Society of Automation (ISA).
Gerald is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, was selected as the Engineer of the Year in 1991 by the Engineering Council of Birmingham and was accorded recognition for Outstanding Society Service in 1997. He is a Distinguished Engineering Fellow of Mississippi State University and is a Life Fellow member of ISA. Gerald was presented a Life Achievement Award by ISA in 2010 and has served on numerous committees and task forces for the society.
Gerald has been active in the Professional Development Department (PDD) of ISA, and developed the three day training class as a Review Course for the Control Systems Professional Engineer Exam. This activity is provided by ISA as a three day course and as an online instructor assisted class. This includes the Control Systems PE Exam Study Guide and other preparation materials for those taking the exam.
“To Credential or Not To Credential”
By Gerald Wilbanks, PE
All professionals in the field of automation, instrumentation, and control must decide what steps to take and how to best to enhance their career development. As engineers, technicians, agents, sales personnel or any of the many areas of employment, each person should select the path forward to provide the best final results toward achieving their goals and objectives.
One of the ways to broaden, expand, and enhance the career path for an individual is to obtain a credential that details the level of professional achievement for the person. This document of achievement (credential) may take the form of a professional license or a professional certification. As with a high school diploma or a college degree, the credential does not guarantee the actual performance or ability of the person, but does establish a point of professional achievement from an independent party. Both a license and a certification will require some level of education, a specified amount of work experience, some favorable references from associates, and the successful completion of an exam that is based on the field of practice.
This presentation will feature a discussion of:
- what is needed to obtain a credential,
- why should someone seek a credential,
- how to go through the process,
- when to work toward this goal,
- where to go for this document, and
- what is the difference between license and certification
Specific attention will be given to the offerings supported by the International Society of Automation (ISA), which are the Control Systems Professional Engineer (CSPE) License and the Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) certification. The activities of the Houston ISA Section to enable members to prepare for this achievement will be outlined with examples given.
He served on the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineer and Land Surveyors from 2009 to 2014, is an Emeritus Member of the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) and has served as an instructor in many courses, seminars, and other educational sessions for ISA and in his own business.
Please show up early to watch a safety video at Wood before getting escorted to the meeting room where lunch will be served.
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