January 2017

Process Control and Instrumentation

Solve operator training in a challenging refining industry

Workforce reduction, the expected retirement of baby boomers, personnel leaving the industry in search of better opportunities, and the lack of jobs for new graduates will create a skills deficit once the industry begins growing again.

Alamo, J., SNC-Lavalin Inc.; Ross, M., Honeywell Process Solutions

The oil refining and natural gas processing industries witnessed the loss of approximately 350,000 jobs during the recent crisis, according to a study by Houston, Texas-based Graves & Co. Workforce reduction, the expected retirement of baby boomers, personnel leaving the industry in search of better opportunities, and the lack of jobs for new graduates will create a skills deficit once the industry begins growing again. Employees that remain in the industry will be asked to cover, temporarily or permanently, for those that are leaving. Quickly and effectively training these employees will be critical to the success of operating companies. Paradoxically, in times of crisis, training budg

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