Re.engineer Magazine - Spring 2022

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Hmmm that’s a tricky one. I think its deeper than just the maintenance and reliability profession. It’s the whole question around having diversity in STEM. It really goes back to our institutions of higher learning and interest levels in STEM-based courses, but let me come back to your question. I believe until recently many professionals had little understanding of the field of maintenance and reliability. Most identify themselves along the lines of disciplines – Electrical, Mechanical or Automation Engineers for example. This is because in our colleges these are the common categorizations, so it follows through to the workplace. Also, there is little taught about core maintenance and reliability principles. Its more of a course topic or a module in most colleges than a discipline in itself. However, I think there has been a lot of enlightenment the last two decades so we are seeing serious levels of interest. This uptick is a result of awareness being built through conferences, webinars, workshops, trade societies and associations. Also professionals with the right knowledge on maintenance and reliability are finding their way into seats of authority and changing the narrative within organizations. So I will say “more of the same”. If we continue this trajectory, we will have more diversity in the discipline of maintenance and reliability in the coming years. WH A T A RE SOME W A YS WE C A N A TTR A CT MORE DIVERSITY INTO M A INTEN A NCE A ND RELI A BILITY ? The same thing I observed my mentors practice over the years, non-stop learning. Sometimes, especially when we are young, we only see our lives a chapter or few chapters at a time. Investing in learning and our personal / professional development is one way we open ourselves to a world of possibilities and opportunities. Our trajectory in life could turn out as planned or turn in a different direction we never anticipated. With a learner mindset, we are able to adapt with ease, and begin to perform while others are still dealing with the shock of that change. A trained learner mindset also means it becomes easy for us to spot opportunities before the "Average Joe" and take advantage early on. My advice – Never Stop Learning. Get mentors that have walked the path you wish to walk. WH A T A DVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG PROFESSION A LS OR STUDENTS ?

Ten years ago I launched my first business. I was bold, I was bullish, I was excited, and I believed I would succeed. I lost everything in that business and the biggest takeaway in my post mortem was simply failure to plan . The next time I set out on a new business, I hired the service of a consultant and it made a world of difference in helping me succeed. By the time I was ready for my third venture I had sufficient knowledge on how to be strategic with my planning and execute based on those strategies. To answer your question directly, it is not so much about the planning tools available – there are a plethora of them out there. It is really about educating ourselves on the need to plan and what to do in the process of planning. The tools will just accelerate how we plan. So for anyone going into any venture, I would first advise on educating yourself about that venture and backing that knowledge with real world data before investing time and money. This way you save yourself a ton of pain, time, and financial losses. YOU RECENTLY S A ID , “ YOUR SUCCESS WILL BE DETERMINED BY YOUR PL A NNING ”. WH A T TOOLS H A VE EN A BLED YOU TO STR A TEGIC A LLY PL A N ?

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