Data, research to help you excel

Watch for specialized surveys and research requests in your e-mail in-box, and be sure to share your knowledge. We'll keep you and your firm apprised of the best research possible so that you can make informed decisions.

11/21/2012


The team at Consulting-Specifying Engineer has been gathering a lot of data about the industry in recent months, so I thought I'd share some of it with you. Most of the news is positive-let's get that key detail out of the way before we dive a little deeper.

There are, however, still a lot of challenges. Here's a quick look at some you've mentioned:

• Building owners' lack of knowledge, budget, etc.

• Codes, standards

• Communication skills, professional skills

• Economy

• Globalization

• New construction continues to lag, especially institutional buildings and public works

• Not enough engineers, especially young engineers.

Economic conditions are a big hurdle, and this is common to all industries. Data from the Federal Reserve Board and Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation show that several manufacturing sectors are trending upward. For example, HVAC production should trail the rebound in housing and nonresidential construction. A 1% gain is forecast for 2012, followed by a 4% increase in 2013 and a 7% gain in 2014. Production of engines, turbines, and power transmission equipment production is predicted to grow 29% in 2012, 4% in 2013, and 5% in 2014.

And a very broad indicator also points to growth: Inflation-adjusted nonresidential spending is predicted to increase 12% in 2012, 4% in 2013, and 12% in 2014. This magazine's audience agrees. According to a poll conducted in February at www.csemag.com, 75% of you indicated that your outlook on the economy over the next 6 months is either much better (53%) or better (22%).

Though we cannot directly control the world's economy, we can affect many of the other points noted above. For a snapshot of where the engineering field is headed (and where young engineering graduates are coming from), read the National Science Foundation's "Science and Engineering Indicators 2012." One interesting fact from this report: The engineering labor market is changing. For example, between 1993 and 2008, increasing percentages of scientists and engineers in their 60s reported that they were still in the labor force. Whereas 59% of science and engineering degree holders between the ages of 60 and 64 were employed in 1993, the comparable percentage rose to 66% in 2006 before declining slightly in 2008.

Consulting-Specifying Engineer is continuing to review reports like the ones above, and collect data from the engineers directly connected to our industry-you. Watch for specialized surveys and research requests in your e-mail in-box, and be sure to share your knowledge. We'll keep you and your firm apprised of the best research possible so that you can make informed decisions.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Leaders Under 40 program features outstanding young people who are making a difference in manufacturing. View the 2013 Leaders here.
The new control room: It's got all the bells and whistles - and alarms, too; Remote maintenance; Specifying VFDs
2014 forecast issue: To serve and to manufacture - Veterans will bring skill and discipline to the plant floor if we can find a way to get them there.
2013 Top Plant: Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Bring focus to PLC programming: 5 things to avoid in putting your system together; Managing the DCS upgrade; PLM upgrade: a step-by-step approach
Balancing the bagging triangle; PID tuning improves process efficiency; Standardizing control room HMIs
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.