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Effective Console Operations

For most operators, making a successful transition from the field to the console requires more than just learning how to navigate the screens – it requires them to view both their role and operation of the process in new ways. Complex information has to be evaluated, decisions critical to safety and plant optimization have to be made, and operators in the field need direction. Our Console Operator Training Program is designed to help your people master the skills required to make that move. Plant Leadership Systems has long experience in training process plant operators and supervisors in troubleshooting, process control, and abnormal situation management, using generic simulation as a training tool. We believe that operators learn best by hands-on practice of necessary skills and our workshops combine instructor-led tasks with substantial practice on the Simtronics DSS-100. Our sessions are both practical and engaging. Effective Console Operations is the first workshop in our new Console Operator Training Program. It provides new and incumbent console operators with a solid foundation in the technical, business, and people skills required for success.

effective console operations WILL TEACH PARTICIPANTS HOW TO:

  • Understanding of the critical role of the console operator in plant operations
  • Training in how to manage console operations to ensure that process safety and environmental regulatory requirements are met
  • Skills needed to effectively communicate and serve as the focal point for technical operation of the process
  • Practical approaches to handling the challenges associated with leading and influencing the shift team without formal authority
  • Practice in solving practical problems faced by a console operator in a supportive learning environment

Effective operations leadership

Leading a process plant in the 21st century is a serious job. Business cycles cause markets to fluctuate so quickly that your planners may change production orders several times a shift. Regulatory demands grow ever tighter. Corporate wants improved year over year cost performance. Demographic changes in the workforce have your supervisors shaking their heads. You have to keep everyone on top of their game to sustain safety performance. Someone, somewhere in the world is pushing the technical edge in ways that no one has thought about and you have to keep up. If this sounds familiar, we have an offer for you!

This day-long seminar that takes a hard look at what you need to do to succeed in manufacturing leadership. Whether you are a seasoned veteran, just making the transition from day to day management to a strategic role, or expect to do so in the near future, we will give you perspective on the challenges of leading a manufacturing site and practical approaches to help you meet them.

Effective operations Leadership will teach participants to:

  • Balance technical, business, and human factors to achieve competitive advantage
  • Support day to day technical challenges in operation while preparing for the technology of the future
  • Align the performance of your site with company objectives and meet critical business needs
  • Use a systematic approach to drive improved human performance

who should attend?

Those concerned with addressing the leadership challenges of today’s manufacturing environment, including site managers, operations managers, plant leadership team members as well as those potentially moving into a leadership role.

This workshop is open to process plant participants only, no vendors or consultants please.

Maximizing Plant Supervisor Performance

Front-line supervisors are the critical link between senior management and the workforce. The success of major improvement initiatives depends on their ability to get the job done. Supervisors also impact safety. A recent study by the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium determined that failure in front-line leadership is one of the top three factors associated with serious incidents in process industries. Managers who want a safer, more efficient plant are now looking to do a better job of developing, managing, and supporting their supervisors.

Created specifically for the process industries, Maximizing Plant Supervisor Performance uses a practical, systematic approach to help front-line supervisors improve performance. Participants leave with ideas that can be immediately applied in the facility. The seminar also considers special cases in plant leadership, such as bringing a new plant online, shutting down a facility, and managing after a major incident.

Key takeaways for Maximizing Plant Supervisor Performance include how to

  • Create measurable behavior standards
  • Develop supervisory skills through training and coaching
  • Staff and manage front-line supervisory positions for improved performance
  • Lead and manage the line organization during the most challenging circumstances
  • Use a systematic approach to achieve lasting improvements

Who should attend

Plant and operations managers, HR and training managers, or anyone else in a manufacturing or production leadership position who would like to learn more about engaging front-line supervisors and improving operations performance.

This seminar is open to process plant industry participants only, no vendors or consultants please.

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Process Plant Troubleshooting

Safe and profitable performance requires a workforce skilled enough to monitor operations effectively and handle the inevitable upsets before they turn into major incidents.

Designed for operators, supervisors, and engineers, Process Plant Troubleshooting provides a common method for process troubleshooting, and helps participants understand their own personal strengths and weaknesses related to troubleshooting and abnormal situation management. 

Process monitoring and troubleshooting skills are practiced to the point of practical mastery using the Simtronics DSS-100 Simulator. Supervisors receive helpful coaching points to enchance their own understanding and ability to effectively lead and coach their teams in troubleshooting applications. 


  • A practical, easy-to-use method for troubleshooting process problems
  • The skills necessary to recognize and manage process deviations when they occur 
  • An understanding of how personal barriers can affect process troubleshooting
  • Critical skills and coaching points to ensure successful deployment
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Supervising for Shift Team Effectiveness

Effective supervision is essential to the safe and profitable operation of any process plant. The most brilliant strategies for improving plant performance still fall short if management can't help translate them into effective action by the workforce. Supervising for Shift Team Effectiveness, a course dedicated to the basics of process plant supervision, helps bridge the gap between strategy and real-world results.

Designed for front-line supervisors in a 24/7 process plant, Supervising for Shift Team Effectiveness provides practical guidance on the issues supervisors face. Participants develop an understanding of their own strengths and find out how to best relate to others on their shift team and within the plant. Each participant receives custom coaching points that can be applied in their plant to see immediate results.

Key takeaways for Supervising for Shift Team Effectiveness include how to:

  • Identify and achieve critical management objectives
  • Understand how personal styles impact effectiveness
  • Apply a systematic approach to handling the challenges of effective shift team leadership
  • Practice applying skills in real-world supervisory scenarios
  • Develop crucial skills and use coaching points to ensure success

Who should attend

Front-line supervisors or anyone who is being developed to become a front-line supervisor 

 **Individual pricing is $1495.00 USD or call and ask about our group discount.

This workshop is open to process plant participants only, no vendors or consultants please.

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