Human Side of Engineering
In the May 1998 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "The Uncommon Side: The slow learner -- Part I." In that case, four maintenance employees had taken the qualifying test to become Electrician Grade I.
In the May 1998 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "The Uncommon Side: The slow learner -- Part I." In that case, four maintenance employees had taken the qualifying test to become Electrician Grade I. Three qualified; Joe Chernoff was the only rejectee. He had completed only 3/4 of the hand-on section, and about 2/3 of the written part. Chernoff claimed that he had Attention Deficit Disorder and under the Americans with Disabilities Act, he should have been given extra time to complete the test. Maintenance Foreman Harry Altshuler disagreed and refused to let him finish the test. Chernoff threatened to file a grievance if he was not given special consideration under ADA.
Cases for "The Uncommon Side" are drawn from actual plant experiences. If you have a problem in human relations or labor relations on which you'd like professional opinions and the viewpoints of others, we'd like to hear from you. Names and situations are changed to protect the privacy of the person who presents the problem.
If your problem is chosen for publication, Plant Engineering magazine will send you a check for $100. Write to Human Side of Engineering, Plant Engineering magazine, 1350 E. Touhy Ave., P.O. Box 5080, Des Plaines, IL 60017-5080.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.