Craft labor shortage seriously affecting mega projects: Poll

Jun 29, 2017

More than 80% of petrochemical players believe the current craft labor shortage is serious, according to a poll by Petrochemical Update. Improving conditions for craft professionals is one way owners and contractors are aiming to recruit and retain the best...

Industry looks for solutions to declining labor productivity and craft shortages

Jun 16, 2017

While the U.S. is preparing for 310 petrochemical projects and $185 billion in capital investment at the same time an experienced generation of workers retires, quality and productivity are becoming an even bigger challenge than the labor shortage, owners and...

Project owners review hiring plans to tap Gulf Coast labor pool

May 19, 2016

Investing in customized training programs for new hires and rethinking the company culture are helping petrochemical project owners in Texas and Louisiana retain valuable employees amid a shortage of qualified construction and permanent operational staff,...

Bechtel uses tech and business tools to offset impact of tight skills market

Apr 21, 2016

Business and technological innovations such as setting up specialty welding companies and a new mobile field-supervision software platform are helping Bechtel offset the impact of the tight skills market, and better train and retain its existing workforce,...

US contractors urged to boost training despite oil slump

Feb 11, 2016

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies on the Gulf Coast should focus on training skilled craft workers as a long-term strategy even as low oil prices are putting pressure on company balance sheets and project deliveries in the short term,...

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...

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.

Strategies for mapping out a career path in construction

Feb 6, 2015

Construction companies are finding it ever harder to compete for skilled craft workers based on salaries alone. Providing long-time career mobility could help them attract and retain the best talent.

Training innovations could bring relief for looming petrochemical workforce gap

Feb 6, 2015

More effective external training programs and in-house knowledge transfer initiatives could help companies cut costs, boost productivity and build long-term skill pipelines.