Instrumentation Program Coordinator and Instructor
Office: Energy Systems & Technology Education Center 211
Professional Work Experience
Instrumentation Technician – Idaho Supreme – 1.5 years
Process Control Technician – Idahoan Foods – 1 year
Instructor/Coordinator, Instrumentation Engineering Technology – 6 years
Performed various instrumentation related tasks in the field including calibration, troubleshooting, programming, wiring, etc.
Designed and supervised the installation of custom process control lab stations at ISU
One of my Favorite Professional Experiences…
One of the most rewarding professional experiences here at ISU was mentoring a pair of Instrumentation students that were assisting with a research project. The students were tasked with programming, wiring, and installation of instrumentation to perform wireless valve position monitoring of some manually operated valves in our lab.
I enjoyed working with the students as they accomplished the project. Using the knowledge they gained in the program, they were able to meet and exceed the requirements of the project with only an occasional hint or nudge in the right direction. The project was particularly satisfying to me because, while the students previously hadn’t previously worked with some of the technologies and components, they were able to apply critical thinking skills and foundational knowledge obtained in the program to excel at a difficult task with little intervention needed. To me, that is the fundamental goal of the education provided here at the College of Technology. The students both went on to apply their education and experience as controls designers for a systems integrator in Maryland.
Evan Smith, P.E, CMRP
Clinical Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering Technology
Office: Energy Systems & Technology Education Center
Professional Work Experience
Instructor Mechanical Engineering Technology, ISU ESTEC – 6 years
West Region Reliability Engineer for cryogenic and gas separation plants – 5 years
Maintenance and Reliability engineer for 3 different plants chemical plants – 19 years
Plant improvement design engineer – 5 years
Teaching and instructing students
Working with plant maintenance mechanics, getting my hands into the work
Small mechanical designs (small can be defined as less than $100,000)
One of my Favorite Professional Experiences
It has been interesting to watch the evolution of analysis equipment and personal computers. To start with the IBM XT with its “high memory” 30MB hard drives to the ability to carry gigabytes in my pocket. I have had the privilege to set up, use, and watch computerized reliability programs evolve and become key cost avoidance programs for large production plants. These programs have included computerized vibration analysis, infrared inspection, precision machine alignment, tribology (lubrication), and others.
With that said, the best part of all this has been my interactive involvement in the plant design improvements established with the joint help of the maintenance, operations and engineering personnel. Teaching others in the work place was always enjoyable and it is great to now do it full time, especially with hands on lab work.