Fledgling Eng. Department
Fledgling Eng. Department
Good day, I hope all is well. I come asking for insight and advice in regards to building a fledgling engineering department. As a little back ground, I have been working for the company for 4 years and have managed to end up in a supervisory role. I started by doing technical illustrations and working in the field installing and repairing equipment and worked my way up to where I am currently.
The “Technical Projects and Engineering” department currently consists of the following:
· Two recently graduated chemical engineers
Essentially the company builds, installs, repairs, and calibrates low pressure vapor relief equipment for above ground storage tanks.
We currently complete engineering reports based on API 2000 for relief capacities for normal and emergency venting cases (per the standard) and offer minor suggestions for piping configuration changes based on experience.
Currently, the president of the company is the head of the engineering department. The scope of the reports is very limited in my view, which I can elaborate on for anyone familiar with API 2000. The presidents holds a masters in chemistry and my degree is in illustration with some minimal CAD experience.
Currently, these are the issues I've identified through my own personal research (perhaps opinion, boldly stated as fact):
-No engineering best practices
-No QA/QC (manufacturing department)
-Extremely limited scope of services offereed
Long story short, I am responsible in growing the department. The president insists on hiring degreed engineers’ fresh out of school which I general have no issue with. Generally they are already ahead of my technical ability and arguably his, though he has been in the oil and gas business for 20+ years.
My idea is to pay a fair salary to an experienced engineer who can assist in implementing good engineering fundamentals and practices as well as assist in bringing our recent grads up to speed, far beyond my technical breadth.
My goals for the department are:
· Improving the current standard of the API 2000 reports
· Being able to troubleshoot VRU systems with sound engineering/ additional services
· Implementing sound MOC processes when drawings and designs are changed and modified
-Development of QA/QC program
Do any of you have any ideas of how to convey this message to the president without insulting his intelligence?
Any specifics I should look for when hiring an experienced engineer to address the issues mentioned above?
Are there any other options for training for the two current chemical engineers for specific training in relation to vapor recovery
Thank you for your time,