Posts Tagged ‘work experience’

From College to Work: The Jump of an Electrical engineer

April 10th, 2017 | Make a comment | Posted in Others
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As you already know, we love to publish testimonies or career stories from fellow electrical engineers. Today, here’s Bernardo’s story. He tells us about his experience from college to work as an Electrical engineer which is not always easy. Enjoy and comment!

“Starting your professional life in a working site as an Electrical Engineer is mentally challenging, because you work on an environment that you are not familiar with, and you are surrounded by veterans of many areas thinking that you’re only a fresh kid straight out of college.

And they are right!

Gas Insulated Switchgear Example

Example of a Gas Insulated Switchgear

This being said I’m a part of the assembling and commissioning team of GIS (Gas Insulated Switchgear) and commissioning of AIS (Air Insulated Switchgear) in Siemens S.A Portugal.”

The SPD industry : their real job? Putting the competitors down (testimony)

June 4th, 2013 | 2 Comments | Posted in Electrical distribution, Others
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Mason, one of the members of the community did send us his testimony of his work experience in a surge protection devices company. According to Mason, the industry spends a lot of time putting the competitors down. Will you agree with his point of view and the 6 lessons he’s learned from this experience?

Over the past year I’ve been in charge of updating our company’s boiler plate specification for surge protection devices (SPDs) also called Transient voltage surge suppressors (TVSS). Meeting with several product reps it became very difficult to separate the sales hype from the important facts.

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Additionally, I was really turned off by the vendors themselves. While it is standard practice for a company to differentiate itself from its competitors by their features, it is rare that the competition is explicitly named.

The SPD industry took it one step further as the reps actively discredited their competitor’s products going so far as to point out failings and misdirection in their competitors literature while handing off their own. It seemed they spent as much, if not more time, putting the competitors down. This negative tactic left such a negative taste in my mouth I dreaded having the discussions and meetings.


Unimproved Electrical Design (work experience in Ethiopia)

March 15th, 2013 | Make a comment | Posted in Electrical distribution, Others
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Here’s a story by an electrical engineer. Let’s see what he has learned during his work experience in Ethiopia…

Unimproved Electrical Design

I had worked in a power corporation in a MV / LV distribution section. The company I used to work is based in Ethiopia and it is the sole electrical power generating and distributing firm in the country.

Electrical distribution designs were mostly prepared for new installations and major expansions. Preliminary studies were made with load forecasts for a few years ahead. Ratings were determined taking load factors in to consideration and overload protection devices were put in place for most of the equipments on the line. However there were frequent incidents of LV side fuse blowouts especially on older networks. A decade or two ago, the networks were new and customer loads were way below the networks’ design capacity.


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