Today we had a school pupil shadowing our team, trying to work out what a carrier in chemical engineering would be like. Earlier in the week she spent time with developement and optimisation engineers but today it was the turn of the automation team to explain what control engineers do.
I explained some of the various aspects of the job, building graphics, configuring control loops, alarms, the plant historian and so on.
But ultimately it can be summed up and comes down to one thing:
Make the control room operators job as easy as possible.