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Over the last few years, the message from Plant Engineering magazine readers concerning skills development, training, and education has come through loud and clear: Year after year, this topic has always been at or near the top of the plant engineers' priority list.

In a recent Plant Engineering magazine study, The Role of the Plant Engineer 2000 , over 80% of the respondents claimed that training, education, and skills development were a leading job function of the plant engineer. Furthermore, 75% of those surveyed said their involvement in this area would increase by the year 2000. (Complete results of this study can be accessed at www.plantengineering. com.)

As the problem-solving resource for the plant engineer, we, like many others in the Information Age, are placing a strong emphasis on the use of the internet to deliver the information and tools you need to do your job better. And professional development needs certainly are not immune to this direction. Read on to learn how Plant Engineering Online can help you be a better you.

The latest addition to our web site is Industry, an e-commerce enabled bookstore carrying over 25,000 books of special interest to the plant operations and manufacturing community. The site can handle individual orders placed through a major credit card with most books delivered within 5-7 days.

A distinguishing feature of is Cahners' editorial and marketing expertise. Book reviews from our editors and unique topic collections organized by industry terms help users find books.

Future plans for include expanding the types of information resources available to white papers, manuals, videos, and software, making it a true information resource.

Resource Center is available within the newly created Professional Development section of Plant Engineering Online's "Resource Center." Additional resources within this section to help plant engineers with their skills development, training, and education needs include the following:

- Compilation of Plant Engineering magazine's Reference Files, which cover basic product information or basic issues critical to plant engineers

- Direct access to an expanded list of available training opportunities in each of the PE channels

- Access to the career center at our partner site, Manufacturing Marketplace, where you can search for a job, post your resume, and read the latest job-related news and articles.

This information is just the beginning. The staff at Plant Engineering is continually investigating, planning, and developing new ways to deliver the skills development, training, and educational information you need. And feel free to contact us if you have an idea or suggestion on how we can help you to be a better you.

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.
Pipe fabrication and IIoT; 2017 Product of the Year finalists
The future of electrical safety; Four keys to RPM success; Picking the right weld fume option
A new approach to the Skills Gap; Community colleges may hold the key for manufacturing; 2017 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
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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