Management and Supervisory

Project Management for Chemical Engineers

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
AIChE
In today’s global and fast-paced world, the ability to manage complex projects is vital to keep up with the chemical industry’s demands and needs...

Key Finance Measures for Successful Projects

AIChE Webinar
Sep 18, 2013
This webinar is designed to help engineers and chemists develop a better understanding of basic accounting and finance concepts. IIt will be of...

Leadership Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Feb 20, 2013
This webinar discusses the “hidden leadership” opportunities that are woven into everyday roles, how to recognize these opportunities and take...

2011 AIChE Salary Survey

June
2011
Career Catalyst
Chemical engineering salaries have remained stable over the last two years at a median of $110,000. Average starting salaries are nearly $66,900. This expanded version of the article that appeared in print provides the detailed survey results.

2009 AIChE Salary Survey

August
2009
Career Catalyst
Chemical engineering salaries are up 7% from two years ago, to a median of $110,950. Furthermore, average starting salaries have risen to over $65,000.

Critically Thinking About Critical Thinking

AIChE Webinar
Oct 24, 2012
Have you ever examined another person's solution to a problem and found yourself frustrated and asking yourself "What were they thinking?" when you...

Work Would Be So Much Easier Without People

Virtual Local Section Webinar
Mar 24, 2011
Our training as engineers focuses on the physical sciences, and the relationships we learn about are generally mathematical ones. However, the day-to...

Effective Delegation

AIChE Webinar
Mar 21, 2012
Learn principles for successful delegation, applying to professionals in industry, academic, and government sectors.

Financial Investment & Management

Virtual Local Section Webinar
Aug 25, 2011
An overview of different investment types and strategies, such as risk management, retirement accounts, mutual funds & stocks, commodities &...

Bridging the Generation Gap

AIChE Webinar
Feb 17, 2010
This interactive session focuses on concrete ways to minimize conflict, maximize communication and build productivity in a multigenerational...

Patent Fundamentals for Engineers

AIChE Webinar
May 5, 2009
Ever wonder what a patent looks like, what rights are conveyed by a patent, or how your actions can bar any right to obtain patent protection for...

Solve Problems Inventively

April
2005
Career Catalyst
Jack Hipple
The TRIZ methodology encourages you to approach problems from a different angle. Here’s a primer on the basics of the technique and the tools available to implement it.

Use TRIZ in Reverse to Analyze Failures

May
2005
Career Catalyst
Jack Hipple
Asking “how could I make this fail?” can help you to identify potential problems that you might not otherwise have considered.

How to do an Internal FDA Audit

October
2001
Management
Gavin Sinclair
Meeting FDA regulations is not optional. The costs are high for any company that does not act responsibly to ensure that all additives are meet the required regulations.

Keeping Global Teams Going

February
2002
Career Catalyst
Lionel F. Laroche
Global teams can maintain their effectiveness by using the right communication tools, following good communication practices, working at building and maintaining trust, and taking cultural differences into account.

Improve Plant Reliability by Redefining Roles

June
2004
Management
Kevin Smith
The operator and maintenance technician can play key roles in ensuring equipment reliability and thus maximizing production while maintaining quality.

Making Smarter Clean-Tech Investments

October
2010
Management
Adam Javan, William J. Grieco
Appropriate due diligence can help investors sort through the hype and identify the most viable ventures.

Be a Better Bargainer

July
2002
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly 
Follow these pointers to succeed in win-win negotiations.

Boost Your Group’s Performance

September
2005
Career Catalyst
Charles Gillard
Working with employees to define “doing a good job” can improve organizational performance as well as employee satisfaction.

Account for Uncertainty in New Product Development

June
2001
Management
Gavin  Sinclair ,  Gary Blau
New product development projects can be risky business. Learn how to incorporate uncertainty and risk analysis into the new product development process.

The Price is Right -- Or Is It?

December
2003
Management
Glen Rosentrater - 
Contractors' quotes often differ significantly -- by up to 30% is not uncommon, and may be legitimate. Here's how to analyze bids to be able to award a fairly priced contract.

Assessing Competency During the Hiring Process

December
2009
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Interviews and references provide insight into what a job candidate has accomplished. Competency assessment helps the employer ascertain how an individual will actually think and behave on the job. <br> <br>

Understanding Management Styles

February
2005
Career Catalyst
Peter E. Friedes
Are you naturally a “relater” or a “requirer”? Understanding how you relate and require will help you make the changes you need to be a more effective manager.

Give Memorable Presentations

January
2003
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
These guidelines will help you prepare and deliver a more exciting presentation.

How Will You Manage?

July
2008
Career Catalyst
Glen Rosentrater
Engineers typically don’t learn the “soft skills” of team and project management in school. Here is a game plan to help you supplement your technical expertise with effective leadership.

Succeed in Business in Germany and Switzerland

November
2001
Career Catalyst
Leonore  Clauss, Lionel F. Laroche 
Interactions with the Germans and the Swiss may seem easy, but it's important to understand their way of thinking and their approach to doing business.

Hiring the Right Consultant

July
2004
Career Catalyst
Peter R. Lantos
Follow these suggestions for identifying and validating a consultant, as well as for making the most effective use of the consultant’s expertise.

Learn by Wandering Around

November
2011
Career Catalyst
Ross Topliff
Walking, listening, and learning are three easy steps that promote good communication and can yield high dividends.

Prepare a Top-Notch Scope of Work

November
2005
Management
Stephen W. Maas
This comprehensive overview of what needs to go into a well-defined scope of work will be useful to chemical engineers who are new to project engineering and project management.

What's Your Decision Style?

January
2004
Career Catalyst
James D. Weith
Understanding how you and those around you make decisions is a first step in improving interpersonal relationships and team efficiencies.

Communicating the Cost of Product and Process Development

February
2010
Management
John Anderson
Decision-makers often require cost estimates for products and processes at the earliest stages of development — when many cost-determining factors remain uncertain. Identifying variables that impact cost estimates, and putting them in context, will...

Accurately Estimate Production Costs

April
2002
Management
In a multiproduct chemical complex, determining production costs is no simple matter. Here's a logical method that can help.

Sparking Creativity

March
2005
Career Catalyst
James D. Weith
Try some of these strategies to light your creative fires and to fan their flames.

Limiting Shift-Work Fatigue in Process Control

April
2003
Management
Brad A. Walker, Karen D. Smith, Milena D. Kekich
Disrupting normal sleep/wake cycles causes fatigue and reduces alertness. Here are some preventive measures that can improve the performance of employees in 24-h operations.

Evaluating Toll Manufacturers

September
2008
Management
Osman Aboul-Nasr
This alternative production approach can offer significant time and capital cost savings. The key is to choose a qualified toller.

Control Commissioning Costs

August
2004
Management
D. P. Lal
This procedure for commissioning a large chemical complex can help reduce the time required and minimize expenses.

Caught in the Act

September
2002
Career Catalyst
Jody Urquhart
To acknowledge people in a meaningful way, catch them doing good things and recognize their efforts.

Match the Effort to the R&D Investment

January
2006
Career Catalyst
Kelly Ibsen
Using a phased engineering approach to guide R&D projects will improve efficiency and avoid costly experimental excursions.

Checking Out the Competition

August
2001
Management
Gary  Street
Develop a winning game plan by following these logical steps to competitive assessment.

Work More Effectively With Others

February
2004
Career Catalyst
Doug  Hissong
Learn ways to improve your interpersonal and communication skills so that you can work more effectively with others, and increase your own productivity and effectiveness.

Preparing Invention Disclosures

April
2010
Management
William D. Hall
The patent process can be a costly journey down a long and winding road. An invention disclosure serves as a roadmap for preparing the patent application and ultimately obtaining a valid, enforceable patent.

Achieve Best-in-Class Reliability

June
2003
Asset Management
Richard  Beck
An integrated enterprise asset performance management system can help companies to eliminate failures, optimize strategies, and meet intended production targets.

Driving Profitability with Swaps and Exchanges

June
2009
Management
Frank Erzinger
Swap and exchange programs can significantly reduce logistics costs, as well as an organization’s carbon footprint. Despite its potential, the technique is often constrained by commercial, technical and operational concerns.

Close Out - The Forgotten Phase

January
2002
Management
Paula K. Martin ,  Karen Tate
In the long run, taking the time to close out a project properly will save time and reduce the chances of making the same mistake twice.

People - The Key to Successful Project Management

September
2004
Career Catalyst
Eldon R. Larsen
While Gantt charts, timelines, budgets, resource constraints, quality challenges, performance measures, and other tools are important, they are neither meaningful nor effective without people.

Get Your Investment Decisions Right

February
2006
Management
Gerald Bode, Gregory J. McRae, Konrad Hungerbuhler, Reinhard Schomacker
This article describes state-of-the-art investment analysis techniques, shows how and why even reasonably good analyses can lead to bad decisions, and gives guidance on how to avoid mistakes when making investment decisions regarding chemical...

Increasing Employee Productivity

September
2001
Management
Charles  Gillard
Maximize workplace efficiency via implementation of best practices using workflow modeling and automation.

Recruit for Retention

April
2004
Career Catalyst
Partick Ropella
The most successful employee-retention programs begin with recruiting and hiring the individual who best matches the position and best fits into the company's culture.

Closing the Gap Between Engineers and Management

May
2010
Career Catalyst
George Buckbee, P.E.
Work-style and communication differences often result in a disconnect between managers and engineers. Bridging this culture gap will allow managers to make better business decisions and bring engineers the understanding and recognition they deserve.
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