Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Green, Environmental and Infrastructure industries is now searching for Environmental Health and Safety Manager (EH&S) for a fast growing manufacturing company. Ideal candidate will have at least 8 -10 years of demonstrated experience working in MHSA governed mineral processing facilities plus the following skills and abilities:
In depth working knowledge of MSHA safety requirements. Ability to collaborate with the leadership team to provide guidance, technical support and coordinate activities to promote a “culture of safety”. work with employees at all organizational levels to affect corrective action strategies.
Initiating, implementing and overseeing Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) management systems
Develop and provide training and guidance to site personnel, leadership and contractors to ensure compliance with regulatory and corporate training requirements. Direct incident investigations, determine root cause, develop corrective actions, and conduct closure verification activities.
Direct HSE inspections, self-assessments and audits. Manage reports and present summaries to management with recommended solutions. Monitor corrective action closure.
Review current and proposed Federal, State, County, Local regulations and implement appropriate measures to ensure compliance.
Coordinate and manage critical HSE programs, such as pollution prevention, recycling, waste water management, storm water management, air quality management, hazardous waste management, PPE, HAZCOM, confined space and fall protection procedures and reporting requirements for each. Provide on-site management support to any required remediation projects.
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Chemistry or equivalent with focus on Environment is required.
5+ years of HSE experience in progressively increasing responsibility including oversight of Title V permit compliance.
Verifiable experience creating, implementing and overseeing a facility governed by MSHA.
Now that President Obama has delayed the Keystone XL pipeline project, those job seekers who were
Source:CEWD Gaps In Workforce Report
looking forward to those jobs are shrugging their shoulders and asking “What Now?” Here is an idea: There are hundreds of potential natural gas pipeline replacement construction projects that will create jobs and go unnoticed by media and general public. Interesting, right? Let me widen your view:
Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement Projects: Old Pipes, New Problems
America has nearly 2,5 million miles of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. Most of them were built before 1970. In 2010 and 2011, natural gas pipeline explosions ripped through neighborhoods in San Bruno, CA, Allentown, PA and Hanoverton, OH. The subsequent accident investigations revealed that the affected pipes needed to be replaced. After these incidents, some natural gas companies publicly stepped up their efforts to replace old pipelines but they are running into some problems:
Complex Construction Issues and High Costs: Replacing an old gas pipeline is not just a matter of digging a trench and putting it in the ground. Some pipelines are located in historic or highly developed areas where construction must be done with complex trenchless (little or no digging) construction techniques. The equipment, materials and people required to do these types of projects can drive construction costs close to $1 Million per mile. These high costs can have an effect on how projects are prioritized and executed. We could explore this aspect further, but our main focus is the jobs that can be generated.
Finding Qualified Workers: Jobs like construction inspector, natural gas technician, pipefitter or welder are not as glamorous as a software engineer, attorney or accountant, but they are important in revamping our country’s pipeline infrastructure. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) reported in 2009 that the energy utilities are facing a high number of retirements and a lack of qualified job seekers in its engineering and technician workforce. This issue may become more acute by 2015 as more employees enter the retirement window. Here is a breakdown of the situation CEWD reports is happening:
Over 50% of the engineer and technician workforce will have to be replaced due retirement and attrition by 2015.
Only 1 in 30 technicians and 1 in 50 electrical line workers make it through testing, drug screening, background check and interview process.
What Job Seekers Should Consider
The energy utilities are working with high schools, community colleges and training programs to increase the number of qualified applicants for these jobs. What is needed is more job seekers who are ready to learn new skills and fill these open positions.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based jobs are the fastest growing segments of the economy during this tenuous recovery. To promote awareness of these job opportunities, we wanted to poll the readers and find out what they see as the barriers to acquiring these opportunities.
A Note on Discrimination
It is widely acknowledged that discrimination continues to play a role in the hiring of women and minorities across all industries. However, the point of this poll is to promote discussion about STEM careers and how to increase the number of graduates and career changers entering the fields.
Smart Grid Cyber Security is a $10 Billion per year business. Without it, our country’s plans for energy efficiency and security would be hindered by cyber attacks, systems failures and natural disasters (solar storms). This conference will highlight some of the new initiatives and technologies rolling out in the coming years . For those who are looking for potential job opportunities with Smart Grid Technologies, here are some general types of jobs which should see growth from Cyber Security initiatives.
Our goal is to make job seekers aware of the opportunities in this fast growing field.
Hinton Human Capital, through its affiliation with Amazon, has opened an online bookstore featuring the latest study guides for green certifications and licenses as well as career books from top authors. Our goal is to be a gateway to the hiddengreen, environmental and infrastructurejob market.
As follow up to my “Skill Up” article for Job Action Day 2011, I wanted to write a series of articles on job skills needed in 2012. My hope is to help job seekers overcome the “Skills Gap” and acquire the new jobs opening in energy, environmental and infrastructure.
Job Skills Needed For 2012
A person recently asked me “What the top skills employers want for 2012?” After listening to my clients and job seekers, here are the most important skills that are needed in no particular order.
Computer & Programming Skills
Industrial/Construction Craft skills
Financial & Budget Analysis
Knowledge of environmental and sustainable practices
Knowledge of emerging markets
Knowledge of government regulations
Knowledge of safety practices
Knowledge of STEM subjects
Leadership & Supervisory
Presentation & Persuasion
Product development & marketing
Report & technical writing
Why Are These Important?
The Skills Gap has become a bane for the long term unemployed because they have had few opportunities to bring their skills up-to-date. Many of the hottest jobs in 2012 will go unfilled due to shortages of qualified applicants. This list is a starting point for job seekers to evaluate their current skills; seek out places to develop new ones and get into position to take the new jobs.
What You Need to Do Now
Check with the local community colleges to find out if they have partnered with employers on job training programs
Check with Department of Labor to find out about federal or state sponsored job training programs
Check with local charitable organization and networking groups for leads on job training programs
To celebrate the achievements of this year's graduates, we decided to share 8 things hiring managers look for when they consider science and engineering graduates for entry level jobs. These secrets are not in a particular because they vary in importance to every manager.
Work Ethic: Managers are looking for graduates who are willing to learn quickly while paying their "dues". Paying your dues does not solely mean doing mundane everyday project work. It also means producing consistent high quality results. People who produce high quality work gain responsibility quickly in most organizations.
Intern Experience: Internships provide students with an opportunity to learn what is expected in the workplace. Some managers believe graduates with intern experience will integrate into their positions much faster than those who do not have it. This is a great advantage in a tight job market. Here is a good piece of advice to rising freshman in college: "The day you start college is when you start looking for your first internship."
Ability to Follow Directions: Believe or not, there are many people who do not know how to (or will not) follow directions. Graduates who know how to to follow directions can quickly win the trust of their managers and co workers as well as gain more responsibility. Does following directions mean blindly following orders? No, it does not. Part of following directions is questioning to get clarification. Some graduates fear asking questions because they feel it will make them look dumb. A dumb question that leads to a good job is better than a half done job any day.
Interpersonal Skills: The ability to collaborate with people of different ages, cultures, backgrounds and levels of an organization is very important in the workplace. Today's graduates will have to learn that e-mail, social media and texting is no substitute for being able to have a live conversation in person or on the phone. Further, most projects require people to work in teams so listening and social manners are important as well.
Communication Skills: The people who move up fast in an organization know how to present and defend their ideas on paper and in front of a room. As a graduate, you may not believe that you will not have to persuade someone to accept your ideas or that your reports will be read by upper management but it does happen. Make sure that your resume and interviewing skills are sharp because they are your first written and oral presentations for an employer. Foreign language skills are also extremely attractive to employers especially those who work internationally.
Problem Solving Skills: Not every problem has a straight forward answer. Science and engineering grads are expected to be creative thinkers and problem solvers. Hiring managers are looking for grads who can think on their feet and lay out strategies to solve problems on the job.
A Sense of Adventure: Sometimes a hiring manager is looking for a new grad to go out to a job site in the Chilean mountains for 6 weeks. Do not be afraid to travel or take on a hard project because they can lead to better opportunities later in your career. Do not let the fear of the unknown keep you away from big opportunity.
Good Eye Contact and Firm Handshake: These two pieces of business etiquette convey confidence, character and sincerity. If you want to go far in your career make improving your business etiquette a priority.
By learning these 8 things hiring managers look for, it is my hope that this year's graduates land the job opportunities they are seeking. Here are good websites to help graduates with their job searches. Good luck.