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Top skills that guarantee a successful process engineering career

  • 1.  Top skills that guarantee a successful process engineering career

    Posted 03-05-2019 13:22
    What are the top skills a Process Engineer should gain to have a successful career in the industry?

    Hossein Dashti

  • 2.  RE: Top skills that guarantee a successful process engineering career

    Posted 03-06-2019 10:57



    Top Skills for success as a Process Engineer:

    Number one on my list would be to constantly keep learning! In a career spanning 42 years I've done research, designed three greenfield plants, led three different projects, optimized plant operations, been the "tool leader" for Six Sigma, Simulation, Automation and Optimization, and been a department manager. Keep up with your fundamental chemical engineering knowledge and look for ways to help your colleagues. You just never know what you'll need to do. But learning will always play a key role.




    Tom Williams

    Director, ASM Consortium

    Global Operator Effectiveness Leader

    Honeywell International

    (804) 536-2532


  • 3.  RE: Top skills that guarantee a successful process engineering career

    Posted 07-12-2019 08:42
    I have posted this in a different discussion but if you follow the below will be successful....

    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou  American Poet, Singer, Author, & Civil Rights Activist.

    I also try to follow the 13 Behaviours of High Trust Leaders by Stephen M.R. Covey (2006) from The Speed of Trust:
    1. Talk Straight - Tell the truth.  Let people know where you stand.  Demonstrate integrity.
    2. Demonstrate Respect - Show that you genuinely care.  Respect everyone, even those who can't do anything for you.  Show kindness in little things.
    3. Create Transparency - Be genuine, open, authentic.  Don't hide information, or have 'hidden agendas.'  Operate on the premise of 'what you see is what you get.'
    4. Right Wrongs - Apologize quickly.  Make restitution where possible.  Demonstrate personal humility.  Don't cover things up.  Do the right thing.
    5. Show Loyalty - Give credit to others.  Be loyal to the absent.  Represent others who aren't there to speak for themselves.  Don't talk negatively about others behind their back.
    6. Deliver Results - Establish a track record of results.  Accomplish what you are hired to do.  Don't over-promise and under deliver.  Don't make excuses for not delivering.
    7. Get Better - Continuously learn and improve.  Increase your capabilities.  Develop formal and informal feedback systems.  Thank people for feedback.  Act upon feedback received.
    8. Confront Reality - Meet issues head on.  Address the tough stuff directly.  Acknowledge the unsaid.  Lead conversations courageously.
    9. Clarify Expectations - Disclose and reveal expectations.  Discuss and validate them.  Renegotiate them if necessary.  Ensure expectations are clear.
    10. Practice Accountability - Hold yourself and others accountable.  Take responsibility for good or bad results.  Clearly communicate how everyone is doing.
    11. Listen First - Listen before you speak.  Listen with your eyes, ears and heart.  Understand.  Diagnose.  Don't assume, find out.
    12. Keep Commitments - State your intent and then do it.  Make commitments carefully.  Make keeping your commitments the symbol of your honor.  Don't break confidences.
    13. Extend Trust - Extend trust abundantly to those who have earned your trust.  Extend trust conditionally to those who are earning your trust.  Don't withhold trust because risk is involved.​

    John Howell PE
    Senior Process Engineer
    Fredericton NB