2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jason Donath
Project Manager; Avid Solutions; Winston-Salem, N.C.
Jason Donath, 35
Education: BS Electrical Engineering, Florida State University
In his 8 years at Avid Solutions, Jason Donath has worked tirelessly to educate himself, becoming an internal subject matter expert in batch and continuous distributed control systems (DCS), while enlightening others simultaneously. Jason is proficient in batch automation implementation per the ISA-S88 batch control standard; control panel design per NEC and UL specifications; process control and optimization; PID loop tuning; DCS, HMI, and PLC programming and configuration; batch manager configuration; and checkout/start-up/commissioning. On specific DeltaV projects, Jason has various responsibilities, including module programming, I/O configuration, sequence control programming, graphic display configuration, and custom scripting and faceplates.
Outside of work, Jason has developed, promoted, raised funding for, and is currently teaching a LEGO Physics class for homeschooled children. Having two homeschooled children himself, Jason is passionate about their mentorship and education. In addition, Jason takes his health very seriously, is driven to push his limits outside of his profession, and is an active CrossFit participant.
Why choose this career path?
Being in the system integration field gives Jason the opportunity to feed his desire for learning and continuous improvement. Jason constantly seeks out ways to expand his base of knowledge as well as depth in specific areas, such as distributed control systems and related technologies.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey