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Wanted: CPI Engineers

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A number of factors, including plans for new plants and expansions, as well as the retirements of experienced personnel, are creating an especially competitive labor market for engineers and technical workers in the chemical process industries (CPI). The situation is placing upward pressure on salaries for chemical engineers, but continues to challenge companies in the area of knowledge management and workforce development. “Recruiting chemical engineers continues to be challenging,” says Joe McDougall, vice president for human resources at Honeywell’s (Morristown, N.J.; www.honeywell.com) Performance Materials and Technologies division. “The chemical and [petroleum] refining expansions in the Gulf Coast region continue to make chemical engineers in high demand.” Many chemical engineers are attracted to the expanding natural gas industry, says Randall Dearth, CEO of Calgon Carbon Corp. (Pittsburgh, Pa.; www.calgoncarbon.com) and former head of Lanxess Corp. (Pittsburgh, Pa.; www.lanxess.com). In the Northeast U.S., where natural gas from shale deposits continues to impact the CPI, along with other industry sectors (see Chem. Eng., October 2012, p. 17), a competitive labor market also exists. Dearth says…
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