If you’re part of an organization that has many complicated systems, has a data center, or manages and monitors a variety of information in real time, then you probably have a control room.
Control rooms are the heart of many organizations, where information pulses like blood and extends to other areas of an organizational system like veins in a body. Control or command rooms help users connected to the system collaborate to make the best decisions, whether it’s in the form of security or monitoring numbers or trends.
Control room furniture consists of highly specialized, durable components that are built to withstand the rigorous demands of the 24/7 environment. Alternatively, traditional office furniture and desks are built for a short life cycle with sub standard quality at a low cost of entry. Could you incorporate traditional office desks and furniture in place of the highly specialized furniture typically seen in a control room? In truth, a control room engineer could try. However, the end user would quickly realize the shortcomings of a traditional desk.
This is the fourth installation in our multi-part series that takes a closer look at control room design across the industry spectrum. In the first three installments, we focused on the Surveillance & Security, Airport/Air Traffic, and Emergency Operations/Disaster Management industries respectively.
With the latest job report from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, it looks like the job market in America is in pretty good shape. 312,000 jobs were added in December 2018 and the unemployment rate rose to just under 4%.
Nonetheless, there are still plenty of folks looking for jobs and plenty of companies looking for qualified candidates ready to grow with their enterprise.
In this article, we’ll examine the current outlook for control room operators and related careers. This information is clearly of use to those of you looking for employment opportunities, but it can also be a good idea for management to stay on top of current employment trends.