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Interview for Engineering Assignment

09/12/2016 7:08 PM

Hi. My name is Jackie Cheng and I am currently a 10th grade student at Parkland High School. I am trying to interview an engineer for a school assignment. If anyone is willing to spare several minutes to answer a few short questions, I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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  • What is your name, title, and company you work for?
  • What type of engineer are you and what education was required to support your career?
  • What tasks does your job require and what is your most important accomplishment.
  • What do you like most and least about your career?
  • What advice do you have for someone pursuing a career in engineering?
  • What is your favorite project that you have worked on as an engineer?
  • Are internships important for an engineering student?
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09/13/2016 6:09 AM

Hello Jackie,

Welcome to this forum. You will see other messages from me in your mailbox, just between us two.

We do like to remain anonymous for various reasons.

Good luck with your school asignment.

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09/13/2016 8:05 AM

Ditto #1↑.

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09/13/2016 8:33 AM

Welcome to CR4, Jackie. Great to have younger members involved in the forum!

I'd be interested to know how you found CR4 -- via an internet search, or do you know someone who's a member?

Good luck with your assignment.

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09/13/2016 9:01 AM
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09/13/2016 9:14 AM

Cool! thanks!

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09/13/2016 3:32 PM

Jackie:

My name is here on the forum, my title is guru, and the company is confidential.

As to the kind of engineer I am, not a very good one, or I would have an engineering degree, and a state certificate. I have a degree in physical chemistry, which permits me to simply do whatever I think I can tackle, if people get out of my way, which they don't, and I have to use hand gestures in traffic for that.

My job (here) requires me to break up the monotony, once in a while ask a non-silly question that is not a joke, and do my other job in my spare time, which is a plant chemist in a power plant. My most important accomplishment thus far was making it to north of 60 in age without having the stuffing choked out of me.

I like 4:00 pm, and not too happy about 07:00 every morning. I love weekends, and holidays. I hate it when the plant is down, and I am bored to my very soul.

My advice: stay off drugs, see what they did no some of us (including me) here?

More advice: Obey your parents, the police, and your teachers in that order. Unless your parents are sociopaths, then ignore them and run. Continue in school until they hand you a piece of paper that certifies you are qualified to enter the next phase of school, and then attend that until the door hits you in the posterior, presumably with a much more elaborate piece of paper in hand, you will then march out and find suitable employment.

My home nuclear electrolysis reactor, or my Tesla turbine are my favorites, so far.

I gave up on anti-gravity propulsion a long time ago when I could not get a permit for the amount of antimatter I needed.

Remember: Even after you are grown and out in the work force, your mother brought you into this world, and she can still take you out. Behave and obey.

Ethics is nearly 99% of being an engineer. If you can't do something honestly, safely, and peacefully for your community, don't do it.

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09/14/2016 8:29 AM

GA on your advice. It applies not only to future engineers, but to the whole generation(s) of younger people. Now,,,, if only they will take your advice.

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09/14/2016 10:02 AM

Thank you, I needed that.

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09/14/2016 8:46 AM

This would be a good commencement speech!

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09/14/2016 8:54 AM
  • I am P. C. Chaturvedi, I am a retired Electrical Engineer worked as Additional General Manager in Public sector undertaking.
  • As stated above, I am an electrical engineer and I did masters in Design and Production of Heavy Electrical Equipment.
  • My job required me to Design and develop Turbo generators. I was part of team that developed indigenous design of generator and the team was awarded for the same.
  • I liked most was the freedom to work and the least unwarranted criticism for failure in development.
  • Be very clear in fundamentals of your discipline. Do not remember the things, try to understand. If you can make someone understand to his satisfaction means you have understood. Do not be dishonest with yourself.
  • As stated above, development of indigenous design of generator.
  • Yes. It is extremely important. To my experience, it is not easy to get replies to your questions from your guides due to their own priorities but still continuous efforts would definitely benefit you.
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09/14/2016 10:05 AM

Most excellent, sir! How do you feel to be nearing "the finish line"? I suspect you have a lot of good to look back upon, and say, "It is good."

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09/16/2016 8:49 AM

You are welcome. I had been teaching in Engineering colleges for about 6-7 years after retirement. Now enjoying company of young ones like you. I never see finish line. As I move, my finish line also moves forward. Even now I get calls from consultants and those associated in repair, maintenance of generators from power stations etc. Yes it was good, it is good and it will be good. Best wishes.

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09/16/2016 11:29 AM

I am not so young, and another birthday coming next month. Mostly, I am just ignorant and thirsty for more powerful knowledge. Still working at work, and still working at home (at least when weather allows me) in my shed on projects of personal interest, that are energy related matters.

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09/17/2016 5:58 AM

Wish you a very happy birthday in advance. Also wish you feel younger with every coming birthday so as to get your thirst for knowledge quenched.

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09/19/2016 9:24 AM

Eventually, do we not all enter the second childhood, if we are fortunate to be the aged ones?

Thank you for well wishes. I wish your happiness to be abundant as well.

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09/14/2016 11:16 AM

Hi Jackie:

It's not easy to conduct an interview by email, but here it goes:

* I work for a company that is a collection of power transmission companies, some previous competitors (has made the incorporation interesting at times). I am tasked with finding new ways of solving problems, and making a business out of these solutions. You could say it's a research title, with technical business development tossed into the mix.

* I'm a physics and math majors undergrad, my technical job is mostly mechanical engineering with a basic understanding of electronics. I find my education really started with my first job, as the mechanics of calculation was NOT the real job.

* I like this question, what are my tasks. I have worked most of my carrier (so far) in one field/product. I started with a relatively large company and was not given much opportunity to expand my carrier. This road block led me to smaller companies that helped me develop a real appreciation for what it takes to build a business around a product that is designed for specific applications/markets. I've been given the opportunity to dabble in many areas of the business but always with an eye on the technical. My most important accomplishments are helping to solve "unsolvable problems" with our team of engineers.

* I like diversity. We have many markets that require our products and many different requirements within those markets. One trait required by engineers I have the most difficulty with is patience. Some projects take years to get off the ground, this at times frustrates me.

* Work hard, study, learn as much as you can in the years you are in school. Of course I didn't always follow that advice.

* That's an easy question. I thought it would be difficult to answer, I've been at this a while. We worked on a small part for the Hubble Telescope, when I see the pictures it reminds me there is more to our "world" than we realize.

* If you have an opportunity to intern with a company in engineering it will give you a taste of how engineers work,,, maybe. If you have a choice, intern with a smaller company, you'll have more diversification in projects.

I wish you the best in this assignment, and your chosen carrier.

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09/14/2016 5:07 PM

Name with held to protect me from past posts my company would frown on.

Formally trained as an Electrical Engineer with a side in Physics (not the source of Phys - that's an old nickname from my not so spectacular high school athletic endeavors)

In addition to schooling, my past employments have had at least as big an importance as the schooling, as they involved trouble shooting electrical/electronic equipment in pressure situations.

My job is to design (usually from scratch) a control system to run a process skid, that my company builds. This will contain dozens of automated valves, several pressure transmitter, usually a flow meter or two, temperature measuring devices which can be RTD's or complete RTD + transmitters, sometimes parameter measuring devices such as conductance, pH, total organic carbon, and so on. All these devices and associated pumps must be controlled from a central cabinet with a PLC. I design this, and in heavy product load times in the plant, help to wire them also. Always I get the task of check out and trouble shooting the finished system. Easily the most satisfying part of the job.

My most important accomplishment is making it to near retirement without killing someone at the end user, and not having a system dump a $500000 batch of medicine to drain. (these are pharmaceutical skids)

I love the trouble shooting, as that has always been my forte. I absolutely hate the wiring, because that always involves after hours and week ends if they must get me out to the production floor. Wait until you are 66 and see what concrete floors do to you after having sat on your back side for the last 4 months staring at a computer screen.

For someone pursuing an engineering career - get as much diverse work as possible when young and find your niche about 50 years of age. I've sold electronics, analyzed oil wells with electronic instruments, designed power systems and alarm systems for hospitals, and now as mentioned above. Plus I had side pursuits that were good for the job. They were building and racing a drag car with electronic controls and now I rebuild old bicycles. (I've got 15 of them) Yeah the last one is a bit far from work, but...

I always thought the students in college who got a summer internship were better prepared for classes when they returned.

Now I have to ask if you have had any funny experiences with your name, as it is so close to a rather famous Hong Kong actor? I did a double check on the spelling when I first read it.

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