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Over the past year or so, we've been trying to draw your attention to-the problem. That is, the shortage of skilled workers now and into the future.

08/01/2000


Over the past year or so, we've been trying to draw your attention to-the problem. That is, the shortage of skilled workers now and into the future. We've provided some data on the subject and discussed the need to get involved in training and educational activities.

Being a magazine that has prided itself on providing potential solutions when we talk about problems, we've been working on providing some real help.

We're pleased to announce now that we have three opportunities for you to get started in helping yourself and your workers.

Here's just a little information about each program and where to find out more:

  • PlantSkills 2000, September 25-27, Oak Brook, IL. Plant Engineering has teamed with Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation magazine and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council to produce a conference on critical skills training and development. For those faced with organizing a training program-or improving an existing one-this conference will help. Cost is $995 before August 15, $1295 after that date. For a brochure, call me at 630-320-7141. To register, call 800-537-2683.

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      • Management Skills for Maintenance Team Leaders, Supervisors, and Managers is a web-based, 12-week class that features an instructor, weekly assignments, and chat rooms with other maintenance professionals. Instruction and study will help you learn ways to better plan your work, improve morale within your department, and improve employees' performance and efficiency. The course is conducted by Life Cycle Engineering, Inc., in cooperation with Plant Engineering and Butterworth-Heinemann. Class begins September 15. Tuition is $995 (25% discount until September 1). For information, visit www.technical train.com/introclass sched. htm.

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          • Total Plant Performance Management is also a 12-week, web-based program developed by instructor Keith Mobley and Life Cycle Engineering in cooperation with Plant Engineering and Butterworth-Heinemann. The course teaches a method for achieving continuous improvement for the entire plant through equipment reliability, resource utilization, employee skills, and corporate culture. Class begins September 15. Tuition is $995 (25% discount until September 1). For information, visit www. technicaltrain.com/introclass sched.htm.



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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