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Electrical Engineering for Chemical Engineers

A fellow chemical engineer told me that there are only two things about electricity that a chemical engineer needs to know:

  • You can't see it.
  • It can kill you.

Anything else is a problem for an electrical engineer.

While I do enjoy learning about other disciplines, I generally agree with this one. Let them worry about how things get powered.

Instrumentation, how you measure things, is a different matter. I think chemical engineers should take time to understand how different instruments work and importantly, how they fail. After all, control systems can lie to you.

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