Industry News: What We Can Learn from the Oil and Gas Downturn
By Evan Coulter
Vice President, Business Operations
You are no doubt familiar with the ongoing Oil and Gas downturn that has placed a multi-billion-dollar industry in a desperate economic tailspin. Predictably, massive layoffs have occurred across all layers of the industry.
After reading this post in Automation World, I had a few thoughts about the culture we are building at UCEC. The post traces the familiar story of the Oil and Gas industry's hiring, firing and then rehiring when oil prices come back up. That culture isn't the story of UCEC.
We do everything we can to keep our employees here through the slow times, because the cost of finding employees and training is so high. Also, the oil companies only innovate and automate in the slow times, when they are forced to. We like to stay ahead of that curve, so our innovations and optimizations are already in place if a downturn happens.
During the slow times, UCEC still innovates. We still search for new technologies. We plan to be ready for the busy times. Today, as I write this, the shop is full of detailed, custom panel projects. Our teams are trained, staffed and ready for the work ahead. But if a downturn happens, we'll be ready for that, too.
We hope our friends in the Oil and Gas industry see their fortunes return; in the meantime, we celebrate the quiet and forward-thinking work of being optimized and prepared for the work that has already arrived at UCEC.