William Koffel joins editorial advisory board
William Koffel, PE, FSFPE, has joined the Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board.
Bill Koffel is president of Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md., a fire protection engineering design/consulting firm, and is recognized as an expert in the fire protection/life safety aspects of codes and standards. Headquartered in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, the firm provides consulting, engineering design and construction administration, codes and standards development, seminar development/training, product testing/evaluation/representation, and litigation support to public/private clients worldwide. Koffel remains active in the development process of the industry’s governing codes, standards, and design guidelines including ICC, NFPA, SFPE, and UL. A former code official with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, he is a past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
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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.