By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
When young people ask me what I do and where I work, some seem genuinely puzzled by my answers. “What’s maintenance all about?” they’ll ask. When I talk about repair, fixing problems, equipment upkeep, machinery lubrication, troubleshooting and working with many different people and computerized systems, eyes light up.
But when I steer the conversation toward the skills and knowledge required to work in maintenance, eyes roll. You know the next question: “So, what’s it pay?” Click here for more.
By Rick Carter, Executive Editor
Last year, I wrote a column about the owner of a small East Coast manufacturing operation who was having trouble with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It involved a false claim an employee had made about his plant’s safety that, in turn, escalated into a series of confrontations between the agency and the owner. The story was disturbing because the owner felt persecuted, which is far removed from OSHA’s mission. The situation does, however, reflect a perception problem—sometimes fact-based, sometimes not—that some business owners have had with this federal agency since its inception in 1970. Click here for more.
By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor
I try to never pass up opportunities to spotlight good news on the asset-management, energy-efficiency or workforce-development fronts. This month’s column is a triple-dip: A press release I received in early January—regarding the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) launch of the industry’s first accreditation program for electric-motor repair-service providers—was very much in line with the type of good news I like to share. Click here for more.
By Heinz Bloch, P.E.
The last 25 years or so have seen a shift in the way mid-level managers are designated or selected by their superiors. Until about 1990, managers needed to have successors in place before they themselves would be promoted. If, despite not having groomed successor, a manager received a promotion, he or she would have to live with the consequences. Click here for more.