"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.
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.
October 2018
Tools vs. sensors, functional safety, compressor rental, an operational network of maintenance and safety
September 2018
2018 Engineering Leaders under 40, Women in Engineering, Six ways to reduce waste in manufacturing, and Four robot implementation challenges.
GAMS preview, 2018 Mid-Year Report, EAM and Safety
October 2018
2018 Product of the Year; Subsurface data methodologies; Digital twins; Well lifecycle data
August 2018
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
October 2018
Complex upgrades for system integrators; Process control safety and compliance
September 2018
Effective process analytics; Four reasons why LTE networks are not IIoT ready

Annual Salary Survey

After two years of economic concerns, manufacturing leaders once again have homed in on the single biggest issue facing their operations:

It's the workers—or more specifically, the lack of workers.

The 2017 Plant Engineering Salary Survey looks at not just what plant managers make, but what they think. As they look across their plants today, plant managers say they don’t have the operational depth to take on the new technologies and new challenges of global manufacturing.

Read more: 2017 Salary Survey

The Maintenance and Reliability Coach's blog
Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
One Voice for Manufacturing
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 Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Blog
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Machine Safety
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
Research Analyst Blog
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Marshall on Maintenance
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
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.
Material Handling
This digital report explains how everything from conveyors and robots to automatic picking systems and digital orders have evolved to keep pace with the speed of change in the supply chain.
Electrical Safety Update
This digital report explains how plant engineers need to take greater care when it comes to electrical safety incidents on the plant floor.
IIoT: Machines, Equipment, & Asset Management
Articles in this digital report highlight technologies that enable Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies.
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.
Design of Safe and Reliable Hydraulic Systems for Subsea Applications
This eGuide explains how the operation of hydraulic systems for subsea applications requires the user to consider additional aspects because of the unique conditions that apply to the setting
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