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Hydrocarbon Processing Industry

U.S. Worker Productivity on Steady Decline

Economic results are in for last quarter and once again we see the U. S. worker productivity on steady decline.  This marks a full year of decreased rates and an ongoing slump in productivity, the longest one we’ve seen since 1979.  Since the supposed end of the recession, 7 years ago, the US has only […]

Dismissing the Reality: It Takes Investment in Human Capital

The previous blog, No Circumventing the Facts: It Takes Knowledge, Experience and Time, introduced the premise that regardless of the apparent savings, ten inexperienced personnel cannot produce the same result as an experienced engineer in one tenth the time. This blog is the second of three in which this assertion is further analyzed; this time, as it […]

No Circumventing the Facts: It Takes Knowledge, Experience and Time

There is no denying that no matter how cost effective it seems, ten (10) inexperienced personnel cannot produce the same result as an experienced engineer in one tenth the time. For cost reduction and because of the lack of continuous training and mentoring programs, the Hydrocarbon Process Industries’ (HPI) management seem to think this can […]

Cheap Workers or Experienced Costlier Engineers: The Plight of Modern HPI Projects

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is facing tremendous workforce challenges. Often, in an effort to minimize costs, Operating Company Management and, particularly, Engineering, Procurement and Construction Companies (EPCs) fill direly needed vacancies with cheap, under-skilled and inexperienced workers in place of more expensive, more-experienced and well-trained talent. While these inexperienced workers come with a significantly […]

Is Human Error a Skills Shortage Issue?

The skills shortage and decline of technical expertise are topics frequently discussed within the Hydrocarbon Processing Industry (HPI). Yet, for all the laments and concerns that are raised, there have been limited, if any, measurable actions taken to remedy the situation. It’s time to cast a new light on the situation: it’s time for a […]