I agree that project engineers need to have to assure the operation of projects that they do. I worked for a chemical plant in the Savannah GA area just out of school. I was working as a research Technician in their research lab and man was that a training experience. But I well remember their "scrap yard" where the projects of one of the Project engineers were placed when they failed to work.
Having spent 33+ years working in the paper industry and now retired, I have seen many projects that never got off the ground. Fortunately, I was a process engineer for about 4 years then got into operations. A lot of the process engineer projects were trial work on chemical application, but the most important, I say again MOST IMPORTANT part of that job was to learn the processes within the plant. I was at Cedar Springs, GA plant from 1966 until 1968 and during that time the plant went from a one machine operation to a 3 machine operation with all the support equipment. What a learning curve I had. Got experience with installations of boilers, generators, evaporators, Tall oil plant, woodyard expansion, doubling the number of batch digesters and washer lines, addition of a semi-chemical pulping mill for a corrugated medium machine.
Learned and prepared testing procedures for the operations and laboratory work there.
This experience in those 2 years were the best I ever had, no way to have gotten that in a classroom..
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