SOP

I like machines, mostly because they follow instructions without asking any questions.  They do what they are told, when they are told to do it and they don’t complain.  Sure the squeaky wheel does require grease from time to time, but nothing follows directions or instructions better than a machine.  I worked as a control system engineer because somebody had to tell the machines what to do.  The machines are only as smart as their program allows them to be and they would basically just sit around and do nothing all day until they are given instructions for them to follow.

For over thirty years my electrical engineering experience has been focused on process and machine control systems, instrumentation, project management, technical writing, validation and power distribution, all of which required instructions on how to operate machinery and how the machines operate.  As an engineer, I wrote several Description of Operations from specifications supplied by the customers and many sequence of operation procedures for the machines that I designed.  I wrote process specifications, technical specifications, operator manuals and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).  At the end of my electrical engineering career, I began working as a technical writer in a special group made up of engineers to ensure that all the procedures were up to date and accurate for every piece of equipment in several large pharmaceutical plants.

Most of the stuff that I wrote would bore people to death, but I enjoyed digging out the information, crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s.  I even wrote instructions for the janitors on how they were to clean the bathrooms and do all of their other duties.

Written for 7/6/19 Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “Instructions”.

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