Practical knowledge is so important that even without the theoretical concepts, a technical man can handle the assignment successfully. This has strengthened my belief while working in a steel plant unit attached to SAIL. The recruitment of graduate engineers in the Metallurgical stream is fixed every year depending upon the situations and they are absorbed in various units as per their requirements. In some of the units like Blast Furnace, Hotstrip Mill, Cold Rolling Mills, some of the workers having sufficient experience in their areas were found much more competent than the fresh engineers due to their expertise in the specific areas. The management was comfortable with the services rendered by these non executives and the engineers having exceptional academic background often consulted such team of workers to know various inputs how the operations could be managed with the less time consumption.
TISCO management often rewards such workers having enough technical expertise in the various units either in the form of financial incentives or an accelerated promotions to the deserved candidates.