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Don’t get zapped by spark testing

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Understand the intricacies of checking for defects in a liner, advises Dirk Willard, contributing editor, in this month's Field Notes column.

Learning foreign languages can make your job easier

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Don’t build walls, by ignoring foreign languages, says Contributing Editor Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes column. Learning foreign languages can make your job easier.

Avoid Job Hunting Pitfalls

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Dirk Willard offers several helpful tips for job hunting.

Electives can contribute significantly to professional growth

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Taking electives can help you broaden your skills, says Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes installment.

Make the most of newly hired, experienced engineers

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Contributing Editor Dirk Willard reminds readers that an old dogs can learn new tricks and plants should keep this in mind when hiring new, yet experienced, engineers.

Plant Design: Overcome a Site’s Lack of Drawings

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Dirk Willard provides some pointers to efficiently produce essential diagrams at a site that lacks drawings.

Avoid Project Management Mistakes

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Dirk Willard offers his thoughts on what can undermine project execution and how to avoid these traps.

Win by Planning to Fail

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Dirk Willard offers his own insights on the need to plan for failure for project success.

Interview Tips: Keep These Questions To Yourself!

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During an employment interview, here’s the questions Dirk Willard says he wishes he could ask.

Read And Think Critically

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Dirk Willard advises always to question the value of information, its relevance and validity, the agenda of the source and, most importantly, the logic on which the data are based.

Field Notes: Strive for a Surveyor’s Eye

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Strive for a Surveyor’s Eye -- Surveying and drafting skills can pay off for process people.

Please Don't Hire Me!

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Please Don't Hire Me! Some contracts simply aren't worth winning.

Rely on an Ombudsman for a Smoother Project

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Working with someone who speaks the operator’s language will avoid problems, according to Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes column.

An Alert Operator Is a Safe Operator

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Maintaining a good work environment can contribute to a safer plant

Choose Your Next Position Wisely

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Finding your dream job takes a bit of soul searching and answering some tough questions.

Find the Right Balance

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Eight simple rules can help ensure valid material balances.

Don't Dismiss Process Flow Diagrams

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Don't Dismiss Process Flow Diagrams -- Understand the role these diagrams can play and how to use them effectively.

Size Pumps Like a Pro

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Size Pumps Like a Pro -- Use a step-by-step process to avoid pitfalls.

Take The High Road With Low-Pressure Vessels

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Insist that units meet standards even if they don’t necessarily seem to apply.

Take the Right Approach to Projects

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Take the Right Approach to Projects

Are Good Bosses Nearing Extinction?

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It’s getting harder to find managers who treat their engineers fairly.

Don't Zone Out On Area Classifications

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Don't Zone Out On Area Classifications -- Electrical ratings must start with analysis of chemicals present.

Safety Statistics Can Get You into a Scrape

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Safety Statistics Can Get You into a Scrape -- Focusing on minor accidents can foster false perceptions.

Make Your Message Clear and Concise

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Here are some guidelines on writing crisply and concisely to convince others of the work you need done and ensure it gets done precisely.

Defuse Dust Dangers

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Focusing on temperature as well as electricity when estimating risk severity can help prevent fire and explosion.

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