Spotlight: Adetola Oshe, Team leader/Lead Control Systems Engineer at ABB
Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I once modelled for a friend’s fashion start-up.
Tell us about your career journey so far
B.Eng. Electrical Engineering: 2007
First job: Engineering design house: 2008-2009
MSc Instrumentation and Control:2010
Current job: 2010
What was your favourite subject in school and why?
Maths. Found it very relatable as it’s about numbers and how they interact with one another.
What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?
What is your favourite thing about your job?
The variety of things I work on.
What is a normal day in your role like?
Set/review performance objectives with engineers who are my direct reports
Lead Factory Acceptance Testing
Solve offshore system queries from customers
Participate in business update meeting
Visit customer sites (onshore/offshore) for routine control systems maintenance and/or issue resolution
Lead project Kick-off meetings
A process control systems engineer is someone who can design, commission, and maintain controllers that are used to regulate chemical processes. Industries where they can work include oil/gas, petrochemical, paper, manufacturing, food etc.
Suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?
Since its winter season, most people need to have heaters on. Our heater controls at home are an example of a closed loop control system. Basically, the controller compares the ambient temperature to the set temperature, and depending on whether its higher or lower, switches the heater on or off.
What do need: A large bucket or bowl; measuring jug; a digital water thermometer and tap water (hot and cold).
Method: Decide a temperature, say 50°C. Fill the bucket to a third with hot water and measure the temperature. Using the measuring jug, gradually add cold water to the bucket. Check the temperature and measure the quantity of cold water used. How much cold water did you need to cool the water in the bucket down to your desired temperature?
In this case, you are the control system checking the output (water temperature) and adjusting the input (cold water) until you reach the desired temperature.