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Working Remotely as a Process Engineer

  • 1.  Working Remotely as a Process Engineer

    STAFF
    Posted 4 days ago
    Are there any process engineers working remotely during the pandemic? If so, how are you doing it? Are your daily tasks vastly different?

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    Denieka Bean
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  • 2.  RE: Working Remotely as a Process Engineer

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 3 days ago

    Hi Group,

     

    I am currently working remotely.  We had a bit of a panic, the state of New Jersey was going on lock-down at the same time as my local office was moving locations. So we were forced to work remotely.

     

    My daily tasks are a bit different in nature but not scope. I have daily "Stand-up" meeting with the Application team and we live on Skype. But most of my team is remote anyway in several states and countries. 

     

    What is difficult is that I don't have access to some of my big devices such as my electronic white boards. This makes it harder to share conceptual ideas. I also am lacking a lot of my handbooks. I'm old so I still like thumbing though a book rather than searching on-line.

     

    I do miss the quick in person meetings. A one-off comment can help solve a problem and that is lacking now. I also miss the idle chit-chat which helps with my sanity.

     

    During the first week or so I was very productive, now I find that my productivity is slowing down. Also sense a turn-down in business as my clients are also struggling to work remotely.

     

    Stay safe out there. Let's all get through this!

     

    James W Berthold

    OLI Systems, Inc.

    Vice-President Customer Support and Application Engineering
    Product Manager OLI Software

    2 Gatehall Dr, Suite 1D

    Parsippany, NJ 07054

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  • 3.  RE: Working Remotely as a Process Engineer

    Posted 2 days ago
    Yes.  Our company (a contract manufacturer of specialized therapeutic molecules) is considered "critical" by Massachusetts and is continuing to work with virtually all but the manufacturing staff working from home.  I'm truly impressed by the way we are keeping the projects on schedule.  My main fear is how this will impact our supply chain; PPE supplies are already under stress and I've no idea how raw materials will be affected.

    Stay safe!

    -JOHN

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    John Van Alsten
    860-304-5785





  • 4.  RE: Working Remotely as a Process Engineer

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 2 days ago
    The good news is that the "Chemical Sector" is one of the 16 exempt is one of the critical infrastructures during the Covic-19 emergency.  A link to the CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency) web site that identifies critical infrastructures is at:

    https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19

    However, that does not mean that we do not need to try to work online.  I believe any ideas about working online will be of great value to all of us.


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    T. David Griffith, Ph.D.
    Blessing (Bay City), TX
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