2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Arran James, 38
Refinery Alliance Program Manager for Major Projects, Fluor, Saint John, New Brunswick
Arran James, 38
Refinery Alliance Program Manager for Major Projects; Fluor, Saint John, New Brunswick
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Calgary
In the 17 years James has worked for Fluor, he quickly progressed from an entry-level engineer to project director. He is currently serving as the project director for major projects that Fluor executes at a major refinery, with an execution capability of $400 million per year. He oversees several large projects at the site that range from early engineering to construction phases. Constantly learning, he has taken long-term assignments in four countries, holding roles in rigging engineering, construction engineering, project management, sales and corporate strategy, and supporting all phases of a project, from concept to commissioning. As an area project manager on a $5.9 billion project, he developed a high-impact value engineering process to brainstorm, evaluate, and prioritize cost reduction ideas, leading to client recognition. Similarly, on another project, he was recognized with an excellence award for his commitment to cost-reduction efforts. Outside of work, James enjoys yacht racing on the east coast of Canada.
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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