Workforce Development

A Purdue University team has come up with an approach to extend the shelf life for an N95 PPE mask being used by health care and other essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
PPE June 23, 2020

Researchers develop approach to make N95 masks last longer

A Purdue University research team is working on extending the shelf life for an N95 mask, a crucial piece of personal protective equipment (PPE), by making the elastic band last longer.

By Chris Adam
Courtesy: CannonDesign
Business of Engineering June 22, 2020

Four lessons to take from working at home to improve the workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things for people who worked at home, but there are some valuable lessons to take from this unique experience that can make the work environment a better one.

By Ken Crabiel and Michelle Rotherham
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Business of Engineering June 8, 2020

Employee reviews: The right way and the wrong way

Engineering employee reviews, when done right, give the manager and the employee a chance to build and strengthen a relationship and carve a path for future success. Incorporate these six tips to improve the review process for engineering employees and those around them.

By Jon Breen
Courtesy: Cincinnati Incorporated
Discrete Manufacturing May 26, 2020

Invest in people and technology to close the skills gap

Organizations that invest in people and technology for the future will be better prepared for the next wave of manufacturing, which continues to evolve due to COVID-19.

By Graeme Wright
Leaders of MIT’s Task Force on the Work of the Future (Left to right): co-chair David A. Mindell, professor of aeronautics and astronautics, the Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at MIT; executive director Elisabeth Beck Reynolds PhD ‘10, who is also executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center; and co-chair David Autor, the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and associate head of MIT’s Department of Economics. Courtesy: Melanie Gonick, MIT
Educational May 20, 2020

Task force discusses the changing world of work due to COVID-19

MIT's task force on the future of work discusses what the future of employment looks like due to the COVID-19 pandemic and what innovations might happen.

By Peter Dizikes
Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Research May 19, 2020

Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2020

Career update: Many subscribers work in critical industries; half of non-salary compensation relies on profits, some changed by COVID-19. Lack of skilled workers continues to be the top threat to manufacturing for the survey period ending March 16, before more recent COVID-19 impacts.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Fluke
Business of Engineering May 19, 2020

Career advice for engineers: Step out of the comfort zone

Looking wider, at engineering career development requires looking at other perspectives, understanding customers, finding a mentor, and having fun.

By Dileepa Prabhakar
Courtesy: SCE Engineers and David P. Hostetter
Educational May 19, 2020

Five mindful engineering career tips: Set a vision and live it out

Engineers need to begin working on their careers with the end in mind, to paraphrase author Stephen Covey. Engineering career decisions should consider opportunities, balance, the long view, flexibility, and developing well-rounded expertise.

By David P. Hostetter
Figure: Leading skills needed to get ahead are engineering, project management, communication and presentation skills, followed by computer, and team building. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Educational May 19, 2020

Education, attitude, communication are top tip topics from 2020 salary survey respondents

Career update: Top areas of advice offer by respondents to the 2020 Career and salary survey from Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, cover education, attitude, communications. Advice also includes engineering tips, project management, and workplace strategies.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Discrete Manufacturing May 15, 2020

Colleges and universities doing their part during the COVID-19 pandemic

Colleges and universities have been helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic with research, assisting local hospitals and more. See video.

By CFE Media