Global staffing challenge

Although Janeen Judah's Point of View article was interesting, I am puzzled at times by our industry's ability to overlook what I believe may be the only way through the personnel problems she described (OGJ, Sept. 23, 2002, p. 18).Namely, I propose an expanded use of our drilling, production, and operations techs. Granted, I certainly want a qualified brain surgeon doing brain surgery.Conversely, well-trained, nondegreed personnel already in our midst can handle a predominant portion of what we refer to as "grunt engineering."This would mean each senior staff engineer becomes a supervisor of one to five senior techs. This proposes that our biggest paradigm shift ever would be to ...

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