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Title: Adapting to Change a primer on personal leadership

Adapting to Change a primer on personal
  • Stacy M. Dedinas
  • DuPont Engineering
  • Manager - Field Engineering Program

  • Introduction
  • DuPont
  • Snapshot
  • Mechanical Engineers at DuPont
  • Field Engineering Program
  • Management of change
  • Leadership Tips

  • Technology based manufacturing company
  • 199 years young
  • Oldest company on Fortune 500 list and one of
    oldest industrial companies in the world
  • Approximately 85,000 employees worldwide
  • Annual sales of 28B in 2000
  • 175 plants, worldwide
  • 1.6B RD expenditures
  • Most well known products
  • Nylon
  • Teflon
  • Stainmaster
  • Kevlar
  • Performance Coatings
  • Solae
  • Other diverse businesses
  • Crop protection
  • White pigments
  • Engineering Polymers
  • Ink Jet Inks

Worldwide Web Site http//
Can You Spot the DuPont Product?
Auto Air Intake Manifold - DuPont Zytel Resin
Shatter-Proof Glass - DuPont SentryGlas Will not
shatter with 30lb. Cinder block at 20 MPH!
Fire Protection Suit made from Nomex Helmet made
from Kevlar Fire Hose reinforced with Kevlar
Can You Spot the DuPont Product?
DuPont Sontara High Strength, ultra-absorbent,
low lint hyrdoentangled fabric
13 of the 14 layers of a spacesuit are DuPont
Products like Kevlar and Dacron
DuPont Thermout for composite layer circuit
boards, etchants and manufacturing chemicals,
materials for construction of machinery
resistant to etchants
Where Are We Headed?
DuPont is a science company, delivering
science-based solutions that make a difference in
people's lives in food and nutrition health
care apparel home and construction
electronics and transportation.
Mechanical Engineers Involved in Miracles...
Mechanical Engineers are critical in helping
DuPont take the Miracles of Science from the
Laboratory to the Customer in a safe and reliable
Why Would I Want to Work for DuPont?
  • Recognized leader in the Chemical, Fibers, and
    Performance Coating industries
  • Upcoming leader in Biotechnology, High-Tech
    Agriculture, and others
  • Opportunities for young energetic people are
    plentiful with an average workforce age of 49
  • Competitive salary, very good benefits package
  • Sites around the US and International
    opportunities during a career
  • Recognized leader in Diversity
  • - (Ranked in the Diversity Elite by Fortune

Why is DuPont Interested In GaTech Engineers?
  • Ga Tech Engineers are recognized across the
    Southeast as high quality engineers
  • Solid history of success with Ga Tech graduates
  • DuPont has a need for more Mechanical Engineers

What Do Mechanical Engineers Do At DuPont?
Improve Yield and Quality
Continuous Improvement of internal and supplier
components and costs
Develop Higher Performance Components
What Do Mechanical Engineers Do At DuPont?
Define Operational and Repair Specifications
Define and Implement Preventative and Predictive
What Do Mechanical Engineers Do At DuPont?
Investigate Safety and Equipment Issues
Holes eaten right through this vessel
Options in DuPont
  • Field Engineering Program
  • Rotational training program offering varied
    career types and SBUs
  • Typical 2-3 year assignments
  • Corporate Recruiting Office
  • Direct placement in a specific SBU
  • Career development through intra-company
  • Local Site Hires

Field Engineering Program
  • The Career Development Program In DuPont
  • Series of rotational engineering assignments
  • Minimum of two assignments, average of three to
  • Each assignment spans two-three years
  • Gain valuable professional training and
  • Diversified experience and broad exposure
  • Different work assignments, businesses, locations
  • Opportunity to build extensive network in company
  • NES, ADM, Mentoring, Career Development Tools

Field Engineering Program
  • Currently 275 engineers in the program
  • 100 geographic flexibility is required
  • Career Transfer into a business unit
  • after last assignment

Field Program Benefits What You Gain
  • A breadth of knowledge that spans many businesses
    throughout company.
  • Solid technical foundation that leads to success
    in whatever career path you choose (technical,
    business or operations.)
  • Better ability to identify and understand "best
  • Increased profitability as employee through
    diversity of experience.
  • An understanding of how to better manage career
    for continual development and growth.
  • A keener insight into personal career objectives.
  • The opportunity to try different jobs before
    choosing a long-term position.
  • A network of engineers and resources helpful
    throughout career.

For Career Information
  • http//
  • http//
  • index.html
  • DuPont Staffing
  • Brandywine 6440
  • 1007 Market Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19898
  • Phone - (866) 579-9672 Fax - (302) 773-4745
  • E-mail -

For Field Information
  • http//
  • fe_program_overview.html
  • DuPont Field Engineering Program
  • Brandywine 6448
  • 1007 Market Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19898
  • Phone - (866) 897-2010 Fax - (302) 774-2315
  • E-mail -

Characteristics of New Employees
  • High level of competency in primary skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Meets commitments
  • Ability to work in empowered teamwork
  • Constantly seeking a better way enjoys challenge
  • Able to manage/deal with change
  • Values work/life balance
  • Accepts and commits to need for life-long
  • Values people accepts diversity of others
  • Understands business processes, customer focused
  • High ethical standards

Your Career Things To Do
  • Know organizational rules, hierarchy, and
    professional conduct
  • Stay free of office gossip
  • Take on challenges do not be afraid to fail
  • Contribute to valuing diversity
  • Get organized think through, then follow through
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Dress appropriately
  • Ask questions (lots of them) learn to listen
  • Follow instructions and directions
  • Finish work in a timely manner/avoid
  • Learn from your and other co-workers mistakes
  • Verify expectations at the beginning set clear
    obtainable goals
  • Positively use your interpersonal skills

Your Career Things To Avoid
  • Dont wait until your first day to start acting
    like a professional
  • Dont assume that all the friends you meet are
    going to be your age
  • Dont abuse any of the new perks, such as company
    car, expense account or corporate credit card
  • Dont let your social life interfere with your
    professional obligations
  • Dont fall into bad habits that you might see in
  • Dont neglect your personal appearance and
  • Dont be hasty if you experience problems or a
    personality clash
  • Dont be afraid to follow leads when you ask
    questions, even if it takes you outside your
    immediate work environment
  • Dont pass up opportunities to meet and get to
    know your fellow workers and your supervisors
  • Dont be a know-it-all

Getting A Good Start
  • Understand the performance evaluation process
    timing criteria, evaluator
  • Take care of personal things such as housing and
    transportation, beforehand
  • Know when you will receive your paycheck
  • Maintain network with old friends, former
    classmates, professors, and alumni
  • Manage your time effectively
  • Observe the person at the next level up from you
  • Keep a journal re meetings, requests, and
  • Stay abreast of whats happening technologically,
    whats hot --- whats not
  • Take responsibility for your career instead of
    relying on others

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