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Career versus Job Security?

J.D. Wallace, III, is an Area Project Engineer with Bechtel Engineering, headquartered in Houston, Texas. He possesses a Six Sigma Black Belt earned after an intensive selection and training program at Bechtel. In the section below he describes his assessment of career development.

“The Petroleum and Chemical industry is a very volatile industry. Companies in this industry cycle from having five or six projects in-house to as few as one or two. Therefore, it is important that an individual maintains a competitive edge in order to stay employed and advance his career. New technologies are a consistent part of our work life. When I started my career all design drawings were done by hand. In today’s workplace all design drawings are created on computers. Computers are more efficient and provide multiple means of defect detection. The result is less staff and shorter project schedules. It is important to continually learn your industry’s new technology. When the industry shifted to computers, many of the 20-years-plus employees chose not to embrace the change. In a relatively short span of five years, they were no longer in the industry. Individuals that keep up with the new technologies increase their market value.

“Most companies will provide limited training for new software. It has been my experience that 70 percent of the people enrolled in the first training class are the same people that were in the last training. It is not surprising that they are also ranked in the top 10 percent. Community colleges and local universities also provide training. These classes are often given at night and on weekends. They are often taught by people that work in the industry.

I once took micro-station training at the office and received the basic training.…...

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