Getting started

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.


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.


      • 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 sched. htm.


          • 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. sched.htm.

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
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.
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A new approach to the Skills Gap; Community colleges may hold the key for manufacturing; 2017 Engineering Leaders Under 40
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The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Power system design for high-performance buildings; mitigating arc flash hazards
VFDs improving motion control applications; Powering automation and IIoT wirelessly; Connecting the dots
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

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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