Chemical engineers continue to earn more than the average U.S. worker. The median salary of survey respondents is $127,000 — a 5.8% increase over the median reported in 2013. This is an expanded version of an article that appeared in the June 2015 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress.
Aug 5, 2015
Performance appraisals are an essential part of any supervisor’s position whether they have one or many direct reports. However, most managers dread...
eLearning (online) Course
A basic course tailored specifically to chemical engineers. Improve your productivity while solving day-to-day ChemE problems.
Explore related resources below or:
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.
Susan Morey, Lionel F. Laroche
Understand what is expected of you when traveling to this burgeioning part of the world.
Por Leng Han, Rajagopalan Srinivasan, I. A. Karimi
Often an overlooked component of the chemical business, an examination of logistics practices can result in substantial savings.
James D. Weith
Understanding how you and those around you make decisions is a first step in improving interpersonal relationships and team efficiencies.
Mark Granger, Deane Horn
Integrating new advances in smart online pump monitoring and flexible communication technologies can improve pump reliability and performance while reducingcosts.
Lisa L. Walker
Employment negotiations begin even before a job offer is extended. Having a clear plan of action, and an understanding of your objectives and those of your employer, will help you make the most of this important process. <br>
These tips will help improve your e-mail style and make sure that your e-mail is effective intrinsically, as well as fitting the new electronic expectations of a wide range of cyber colleagues.
Charles M. Mitchell, Abraham Shamir, David T. Moyle
This simple reliability analysis technique can differentiate among design options and guide engineers to a preferred alternative.
Ryland W. Musick Jr., Eldon R. Larsen
Conflict is an almost unavoidable part of life and work, and it can lead to surprisingly constructive opportunities. Here is a discussion of how to manage conflicts— and how to make the most of them when they occur.
David J. Teumim
An understanding of security principles and terminology can help chemical and control engineers relate to the emerging threats of conventional and cyber terrorism.
Cynthia F. Mascone
The keys to building a talented workforce: benefits that enable employees to balance their work and personal lives; stimulating and challenging assignments; and a culture that allows all employees to reach their full potential.
Working with employees to define “doing a good job” can improve organizational performance as well as employee satisfaction.
Lisa L. Walker
Search firms and executive recruiters can be powerful allies in a competitive employment environment.This article puts their role in context and provides guidelines on how to work effectively with them.
Gary Blau, Gavin Sinclair
New product development projects can be risky business. Learn how to incorporate uncertainty and risk analysis into the new product development process.
The operator and maintenance technician can play key roles in ensuring equipment reliability and thus maximizing production while maintaining quality.
These basic chemical engineering principles expose common weight loss myths and show you how to get into better shape efficiently and sustainably.
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.
Make the most of this important tool by practicing some common sense and good etiquette. RobertW.Bly-
Jonathan H. Worstell
Commercializing a new technology often means reaching accord between clashing groups. Here’s a road map to navigate these hurdles.
Richard P. Palluzi
Such projects require enormous planning, experienced staff, and substantial time and money to complete.
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.
Richard J. Kinsley
To become a leader people want to follow, focus on the team's objectives, avoid self-deception, build strong relationships, and enable others to achieve the team's goals.
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...
Maximize workplace efficiency via implementation of best practices using workflow modeling and automation.
The key to sparking and driving innovation is making it systemic throughout the organization's culture.
Peter R. Lantos
Here’s what you should know about the litigation process to serve as a successful technical witness.
Engineers can derive professional benefits from Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, and other social media. Here is some practical advice on using these tools effectively, whether you are a veteran or a relative novice.
Women in the chemical engineering profession are gaining equality -- to varying degrees -- in numbers, salary and worklife environment.
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.
These tips will help you develop time management and delegation skills to make you more efficient and more effective in your job.
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.
Eileen Sharaga -
Having an understanding of your skills and talents, particularly transferrable ones, will lead you to greater self-awareness, which will give you a greater capacity for achieving success.
To acknowledge people in a meaningful way, catch them doing good things and recognize their efforts.
Stanley I. Proctor
Do you have leadership potential? This article explores the differences between leadership and management, the qualities of a good leader, different leadership styles and where they are effective and not effective, and other issues.
Mukund Karanjikar, Cheryl Perkins, Jeff Lindsay
Despite high levels of spending and lofty innovation goals, companies often experience declining productivity. An understanding of the causes and remedies for innovation fatigue can free engineers and their organizations to achieve greater success.
An integrated enterprise asset performance management system can help companies to eliminate failures, optimize strategies, and meet intended production targets.
If thoughts of a layoff keep you up at night, stop wringing your hands and start taking action. Follow this 11-step plan to position yourself for success in these uncertain economic times.
Reginaldo A. Montague
This article explains the process of obtaining a P.E. license, offers suggestions for preparing and taking the exam, and discusses requirements for maintaining the license.
David Madison, Cynthia Strite
Spending time in front of a mirror may seem narcissistic. But scrutinizing and perfecting your image is an essential step in achieving your career goals.
Lisa L. Walker
The global chemical industry is showing particularly strong growth outside North America. Understanding where opportunities exist — and which are worth taking — can help you decide whether it is time to take your career, and your life, on the road.
Linda Grobovsky, Lionel F. Laroche
Thorough preparation can mean the difference between success and disaster.
Joseph A. Roseti, Cynthia F. Mascone
Here’s how to develop a successful Internet presence without the dedicated web staff and financial resources of a large corporation.
Dennis C. Hendershot
Build safety into your process by substituting less-hazardous materials and chemistry, minimizing inventories and equipment sizes, moderating operating conditions, and simplifying unnecessarily complex operations.
Donna J. Nelson
Surveys shed light on how well universities are utilizing the women engineers and scientists in the technical talent pool.
Jeffrey Worstell, John H. Worstell, Jonathan H. Worstell
Improve control for selecting projects for investment and for risk management by following these procedures.
Barry M. Weinstein
Prepare effective agendas, minutes, status updates, and corrective action reports to make your meetings, as well as your projects, run more smoothly.
Lisa L. Walker
Few situations can be more anxiety-provoking than a job interview. Although the skills required for a successful interview may not come naturally, they can be honed — with practice, introspection, and informed preparation.
Tailor these guidelines for reviewing competitive proposals to find the best project to support.
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.
Adam Javan, William J. Grieco
Appropriate due diligence can help investors sort through the hype and identify the most viable ventures.
Put these seven principles to work to spell success for your professional and personal life.
Mary Kay Slowikowski
One key to being a successful leader is understanding yourself and others, and adapting your behavior as the situation warrants.
Develop your emotional competencies and use them effectively in your professional and personal lives.
James M. Wheeler
The success of Six Sigma vs. classic quality metrics lies in its ability to more usefully measure defects.
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.
John C. Chen
The chemical enterprise is already global - a trend that is almost certain to continue. What does this trend mean for the chemical engineering profession and for the practicing professional?
Lisa L. Walker
Today’s employment environment has altered the concept of “career.” If you are attempting to change jobs or enter a different industry — or even considering a second career — it is important to understand your motivations and proceed with care.
Elindoro S. Rodriguez, II
When faced with a career opportunity, such as relocating, accepting a new job, or getting an advanced degree, it's important to consider the economic impacts.
This strategic approach to interviewing will help you handle difficult questions with ease and success.
Saidas M. Ranade
Don’t let preconceived notions, preoccupation, and poor perception plunder your progress. These exercises will show you how to scuttle these scallywags, and make teamwork smooth sailing.
LinkedIn - the social media tool most often used by professionals - allows you to establish an online presence, connect with others, and find business and job opportunities.
See how these six high-level women in industry and academia got where they are today and what it's like to be a successful woman in a male-dominated field.
A proverbial gold min may be buried within your patent portfolio. Here's how to capitalize on those assets.
Using a phased engineering approach to guide R&D projects will improve efficiency and avoid costly experimental excursions.
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>
Get interpersonally fit by improving your work relationships and honing your communication skills