Workforce Development

US skilled pay hike to soften as project schedules slip

Jan 13, 2016

Skilled craft wage growth in US industrial construction will slow down to about 1.2-2.5% per year in the next 3-5 years but will continue to be a major cost factor for petrochemical capital projects, according to Daniel Groves, director of operations at the...

Plant builders use design-stage data tools to offset impact of tight skills market

Sep 30, 2015

Design-stage innovations such as three-dimensional isometric projections delivering extra detail to field craft are improving schedule performances and reducing the cost of major US capital projects, according to John Fish, director - Project Support Services...

US petchems hires to peak in April 2016 on Southern growth

May 21, 2015

The demand for skilled labor in the growing US chemicals industry is expected to peak in April 2016, at around 155,787 workers, according to Daniel Groves, workforce director at the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) and chief executive of data provider...

Louisiana leads education efforts to meet workforce shortage

Apr 23, 2015

Louisiana will face the petrochemical workforce gap full on, with a projected need for additional 86,300 skilled craft job openings to build an estimated $60 billion worth of new plants and plant expansions in the next few years.

Labor shortage poses the biggest hurdle for US Gulf projects, Chevron Phillips CEO says

Apr 8, 2015

Chevron Phillips Chemical anticipates it will need 10,000 construction & engineering workers and 400 operations & maintenance professionals for its 1.5 million ton/year ethane cracker in Baytown, Texas and its two 500,000 ton/year polyethylene units...

Phillips 66 connects with veterans to bridge skilled labor shortage gap

Mar 24, 2015

The Houston-based energy manufacturing and logistics company is targeting veteran job seekers both directly and through the American Jobs for America’s Heroes initiative.

Companies leverage new methods to hire and retain Millennials

Mar 24, 2015

Companies in the petrochemical industry are leveraging new methods to hire and retain Millennials – from updating social networking presence to providing beneficial training, and even through team scholarship competitions.

Five steps to designing an effective veteran worker program

Mar 23, 2015

The current crop of companies that give hiring preference to military service members includes Bechtel, Crossland Construction, Fluor, ISC, Jacobs, KBR, L.P.R. Construction Co, Marek Brothers, Overland Contracting, Performance Contractors, Inc, S&B, Sundt...

Military veterans, a potential big source of skilled craft labor

Mar 23, 2015

Some 200,000 active military service members are estimated to leave duty every year, or roughly 1 million over the next five years, providing a potentially big source of skilled craft labor for the petrochemical industry.

Training is a key component of a petrochemical megaproject’s staffing model

Mar 6, 2015

The three mega petrochemical projects in Southwest Louisiana are dealing with the challenge of getting 70-80% of the workforce needs to be journey-level, as this is the recommended ratio for a petrochemical construction project to operate optimally.

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