June 2015

Recruitment

Overcoming the challenges of the ‘great crew change’

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is facing a daunting challenge in the near future: In the next five to seven years, approximately 50% of the workforce will retire in what many are calling the ‘great crew change.’ The next generation of engineers, operators, technicians and skilled workers must step up to continue the pursuit of technological innovations and industry growth.

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is facing a daunting challenge in the near future: In the next five to seven years, approximately 50% of the workforce will retire in what many are calling the ‘great crew change.’ As the Baby Boomer generation moves into retirement or less-active roles within the HPI, the next generation of engineers, operators, technicians and skilled workers must step up to continue the pursuit of technological innovations and industry growth. The downstream industry’s workforce needs fall into two general categories: retaining the present workforce, whether by extending their careers or utilizing their industrial expertise in an advisory or mentor

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