Knowledge Capture: New Hires Get Up to Speed

Companies ramp up efforts to enhance skills of recently graduated engineers.

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Transferring expertise and knowledge of experienced staff to engineers beginning their careers is hardly a new issue for chemicals makers. However, the ongoing wave of retiring baby boomers (see: “Retirement Casts a Long Shadow”) is prompting companies such as DuPont, Air Products and Dow to hone their training resources. Academia is facing a similar challenge — and responding both in terms of what and how schools teach students. DuPont, Wilmington, Del., long has focused on the demographic situation; the company believes the bulk of the exodus of experienced staff now has occurred. One of the key tools it has used to retain know-how is its field engineering…

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