"Cold hearted" advice? I always enjoy reading the "Human Side of Engineering." The topics covered are timely and the information is thought-provoking and helpful.


"Cold hearted" advice?

I always enjoy reading the "Human Side of Engineering." The topics covered are timely and the information is thought-provoking and helpful. However, I believe you missed the mark with the response to "Does bereavement pay apply on vacation?" (PE, July 2000, p 18).

Your column recommended "no funeral pay and no vacation extension" for the employee whose brother died while he was away on vacation. After someone has lost a close relative, like a brother, you should "bend over backwards" to express the company's compassion. I say "cold-hearted" would be an appropriate description of your advice.- Jeff Slaughter, Metallurgist, Southern Alloy Corp., Sylacauga, AL


The Association for Facilities Engineering's (AFE) Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) Program was created to provide a standard of professional competence for maintenance managers and to enhance the status of this field as a unique discipline and profession. It is built on the success of the Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) program, which has certified more than 4000 professionals since its inception.

The CPMM review program assists candidates in preparing for the CPMM exam. Review sessions, scheduled in 2-hr and 4-hr segments, are held over a 4-day period. The CPMM exam is scheduled for the fifth day of the program. Candidates may take the exam at this time or schedule it for a later date. The exam/filing fee is included in the registration cost.

Each of the sessions will review the general principles for a maintenance management discipline as addressed on the exam, with an opportunity to work through sample questions with instructors. Sessions are designed to be interactive; questions are encouraged. The registration fee includes the exam and filing fee, CPMM review pack, and a list of suggested review textbooks.

Eligibility: To be eligible to sit for the CPMM exam, you must currently be working as a maintenance supervisor or manager or have at least five or more years of experience in the maintenance management field. Individuals with five or more years of experience in plant engineering, facilities engineering, maintenance management, or related and/or equivalent employment will be eligible to take the exam at a Maintenance Management Certification site at any time without registering for the entire training/certification package.

Eligibility is confirmed by submitting a preliminary application to AFE.

The CPMM review covers:

  • Maintenance Management


      • Preventive Maintenance


          • Inventory and Procurement


              • Work Orders-Work Flow/Planning and Scheduling


                  • CMMS


                      • Training and Work Cultures


                          • Predictive Maintenance


                              • Reliability Centered Maintenance



Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
Product of the Year
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
May 2018
Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards

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

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Research Analyst Blog
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Marshall on Maintenance
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Lachance on CMMS
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
Maintenance & Safety
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Industrial Analytics
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
IIoT: Operations & IT
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Randy Steele
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Matthew J. Woo, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Randy Oliver
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
Data Centers: Impacts of Climate and Cooling Technology
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
Safety First: Arc Flash 101
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
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