• ISA Insights
    July 2013

    Clifford Wuertz Member Questionnaire

    1. CliffordWuertzGive us a brief introduction of yourself, your educational background and your current place in the industry.

      I have a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington (1973), but have worked my entire career in the field of instrumentation and controls.  I am currently a Senior Engineer in the Instrumentation and Controls Department at AMEC Oil & Gas Americas.  However, I have been fortunate to have been involved with instrumentation and controls for projects not just in oil & gas, but also the pulp & paper, chemicals, power, co-generation, water & wastewater and light industrial industries. 

    2. How has ISA benefited your career?

      I first joined ISA in 1979 in order to get the member discount on publications, but over the years I have received so much more!  Being an ISA member and participating in my local section has provided access to industry experts in numerous subjects and technologies and given me the chance to learn about new techniques and methods.  It has also increased my confidence and helped me become a better team leader.  As a senior engineer I typically work on a project team as the discipline lead and direct the work of other team members.  Being knowledgeable of the ISA standards and how they should be applied is a valuable skill which is respected by my peers.

    3. What do you currently do in ISA as a volunteer?

      I am completing my term as Vice President of the Houston Section and begin serving as Section President July 1st. I have previously served as webmaster, secretary and treasurer.

    4. What would you say to a young person who is involved in instrumentation about how ISA can help them grow and hone leadership skills.

      If you are serious about a career in instrumentation, control systems, automation or something similar, you owe it to yourself to be a member of ISA.  Join today and get involved at the local section level as soon as possible!  You will meet people who also work in the automation field, perhaps in a different industry, but with knowledge and experience from which you may benefit.  Maximize your membership by volunteering at the local level, and see where it leads!
      And don't forget to spend the credit you receive with you membership, perhaps on a standard you need on your latest project!