Leveraging Technology to Improve Workforce Competency

Wed, May 24, 2017 11:01 AM EDT{LOCAL_TZ}

Companies in the minerals, metals and mining industry face similar challenges as their peers in other capital and equipment intensive industries around the globe when managing their workforce:

  • Experience and qualification are essential for operating plants safely, according to HSE standards and at top performance.

  • Experienced operators are retiring and need to be replaced by new, young employees.

  • Assets might be located in emerging countries in remote locations where supply of qualified people is limited and comprehensive training is required to staff the operation with enough people with the sufficient level of qualification.

  • Less people are expected to do more work, so they need to become more efficient.

This webinar will focus on how Schneider Electric helps customers around the globe addressing these challenges. Key topics of the discussion will be:

  1. The Workforce Competency Challenge: How operator competency impacts operation.

  2. Planning for Structured Training: Defining training needs and means for the next generation workforce.

  3. Creating Value: Putting concepts into action – customer case studies.


Gregor Fernholz, DYNSIM Product Manager

Gregor received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dortmund in Germany in 2000. Afterwards he worked as a technical expert for dynamic simulation and advanced process control for Bayer in Leverkusen. He joined Process Systems Enterprise in 2003 as a senior consultant for process modelling, simulation and optimization. In 2006 he started as a technical sales consultant for dynamic simulation and Operator Training Simulation at Invensys(now Schneider-Electric)  and worked in sales and sales management before becoming responsible for the Product Management of the SimSci Flagship product DYNSIM.

Nat Rudarakanchana (Rudy), steel reporter, American Metal Market

Nat Rudarakanchana covers steel long products for American Metal Market, as a news and markets reporter. He covers the North American steel industry and related manufacturing sectors. His coverage spans trade and policy through to companies and markets, as well as labor, safety and operational topics. He regularly writes features and key executive interviews for AMM’s monthly magazine. Prior to AMM, Nat covered Vermont state politics and global commodities in newsrooms in Vermont and New York, with VTDigger and IBTimes. Nat holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Cambridge University and a M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, where he specialized in investigative and political reporting.

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