Workforce Development

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,...

Texas, Louisiana petchems hires to peak in 2016-2018

May 5, 2016

The demand for skilled labor in the Texas and Louisiana chemicals industry over the next five years may have recently hit its peak in Q1 2016, at around 82,000 workers, Brent Sexton, director Customer Relations at the Construction Labor Market Analyzer (CLMA...

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,...

USGC skilled labor demand to peak in 2017 on downstream spending

Mar 10, 2016

The demand for skilled labor in the current wave of US downstream construction projects is expected to peak in 2017 based on the pipeline of committed capital and maintenance projects in the petrochemical, LNG and NGL sectors, according to Michael Bergen,...

Braskem seeks US growth; Gulf countries tap outside funds

Feb 25, 2016

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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 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.