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.
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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.
Whether the plan is to shut down an entire plant, or just a portion of it, a definitive plan must be in place. Here is a step-by-step procedure to guide you through the process.
Modular design principles are well known, but have found only niche applications in the Chemical industry. This article outlines an innovative methodology, whereby plant and process design may be conducted in parallel using components with pre-...
Mukund Karanjikar, Jeff Lindsay, Cheryl Perkins
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.
Yogesh B. Trivedi
By implementing Six Sigma at its ethylene unit, Sasol has been able to recover as much as 65% of the opportunities that could have been lost.
Jeffrey Mueller, Larry Scotchie, Kelly Seheult
The cross-functional IPT approach can be combined with a stage-gate framework and six sigma techniques to improve the effectiveness of process development efforts.
Develop your emotional competencies and use them effectively in your professional and personal lives.
A proverbial gold min may be buried within your patent portfolio. Here's how to capitalize on those assets.
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.
The key to sparking and driving innovation is making it systemic throughout the organization's culture.
The operator and maintenance technician can play key roles in ensuring equipment reliability and thus maximizing production while maintaining quality.
William J. Grieco, Adam Javan
Appropriate due diligence can help investors sort through the hype and identify the most viable ventures.
Working with employees to define “doing a good job” can improve organizational performance as well as employee satisfaction.
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.
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.
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>
Jeffrey Worstell, John H. Worstell, Jonathan H. Worstell
Improve control for selecting projects for investment and for risk management by following these procedures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walking, listening, and learning are three easy steps that promote good communication and can yield high dividends.
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.
James D. Weith
Understanding how you and those around you make decisions is a first step in improving interpersonal relationships and team efficiencies.
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...
In a multiproduct chemical complex, determining production costs is no simple matter. Here's a logical method that can help.
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.
This alternative production approach can offer significant time and capital cost savings. The key is to choose a qualified toller.
D. P. Lal
This procedure for commissioning a large chemical complex can help reduce the time required and minimize expenses.
To acknowledge people in a meaningful way, catch them doing good things and recognize their efforts.
Using a phased engineering approach to guide R&D projects will improve efficiency and avoid costly experimental excursions.
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.
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.
I. A. Karimi, Por Leng Han, Rajagopalan Srinivasan
Often an overlooked component of the chemical business, an examination of logistics practices can result in substantial savings.
An integrated enterprise asset performance management system can help companies to eliminate failures, optimize strategies, and meet intended production targets.
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.
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.
Tailor these guidelines for reviewing competitive proposals to find the best project to support.
Gerald Bode, Konrad Hungerbuhler, Gregory J. McRae, 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...
Maximize workplace efficiency via implementation of best practices using workflow modeling and automation.
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.
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.
Richard P. Palluzi
Such projects require enormous planning, experienced staff, and substantial time and money to complete.
Lionel F. Laroche, Susan Morey
Understand what is expected of you when traveling to this burgeioning part of the world.
A thorough crisis-management plan will enable your organization to respond to a crisis promptly and appropriately. Here's how to develop an effective plan.
Mark E. Kilburn, Nathan A. Kimmerle, Patrick T. Ragan, Stephen H. Roberts
In light of the events of September 11, make sure your plant's safety plan accounts for acts of terrorism and sabotage.
Charles M. Mitchell, David T. Moyle, Abraham Shamir
This simple reliability analysis technique can differentiate among design options and guide engineers to a preferred alternative.
Lionel F. Laroche, Susan Morey
Eastern Europe is a significant potential market for Western corporations. There are plenty of opportunities for success if you learn to do business in a way that meshes with Eastern European expectations of how business should be done.
Mark Granger, Deane Horn
Integrating new advances in smart online pump monitoring and flexible communication technologies can improve pump reliability and performance while reducingcosts.
Linda Grobovsky, Lionel F. Laroche
Thorough preparation can mean the difference between success and disaster.
Ian Nimmo, Peter Bullemer, Sandra Foreman
In the future, operating teams may proactively manage their plants to maximize safety and minimize environmental impact, while pushing the processes to their optimal limits. Here's how to achieve the necessary paradigm shift by giving operators an...
Eldon R. Larsen
A project team is more than a group of talented professionals. It is an interdependent unit, empowered with understanding, accountabilities and mutual support that permit it to achieve goals — both organizational and personal — more efficiently and...
James M. Wheeler
The success of Six Sigma vs. classic quality metrics lies in its ability to more usefully measure defects.
Jonathan H. Worstell
Commercializing a new technology often means reaching accord between clashing groups. Here’s a road map to navigate these hurdles.
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.
Steven R. Hansen
The intellectual property component of a business plan is instrumental in protecting and promoting engineering innovations. Here’s how chemical engineers can provide valuable input into the preparation of an IP business plan.
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, Joseph A. Roseti
Here’s how to develop a successful Internet presence without the dedicated web staff and financial resources of a large corporation.
Many companies that stray too far from their core business fail. So how is it that General Electric, a major electrical manufacturing company, ended up as one of the top U.S. chemical producers—with 1998 sales of $6.6 billion? In Unlikely Victory, Jerome T. Coe, a retired 40-year career employee...