Having just returned from this year’s SMRP conference, a conversation that I had with a large number of folks from many industries was that of having/ or not having enough reliability type engineers to meet our needs both now and in the future. Granted, the traditional route of developing these types of resources is limited today from advanced learning sources such as our universities but I would offer that doesn’t have to be a roadblock for us.
There are a large number of individuals we work with every day that can and should be considered, that is, our technicians and tradespeople. If we think about it, who else knows our equipment really well and all that’s NOT so right about it! From my experience, most all of our work forces have key individuals who not only could, but would love a chance to expand their scope of responsibility, grow their careers and make a world of difference in improving reliability in our respective plants. I also believe these folks would be easy to identify and would really appreciate a chance to explore their interest in becoming involved with this critical role in helping to insure our company’s future. Their skills include the ability to think through problems, to work well with others, and possessing a strong interest in learning about new ways to help improve asset performance. What a great way to help maximize how we use the resources we have all around us. Give it some thought, it really could be a significant part of the solution.