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Power Engineer Student shares work experience

by Allan Whetter | Jun 10, 2018
As a young woman in the Power Engineering field, I am certainly in the minority. I felt a little overwhelmed at first, but that didn’t last long. Seasoned engineers are always eager to impart their wisdom to those who are new to the field.

The view of Power Engineer Student experience – Student Perspective (2018)

My career as a Power Engineer began when I applied to the program at Georgian College. I really had no idea that the field was so broad with so much opportunity until I started talking with teachers and classmates. I loved all of my classes and did well academically (much to my surprise, as I was not a strong math student in high school). I decided to start networking with other engineers, so I became a member of the IPE and also joined the Georgian College Power Engineering club.

As a young woman in the Power Engineering field, I am certainly in the minority. I felt a little overwhelmed at first, but that didn’t last long. Seasoned engineers are always eager to impart their wisdom to those who are new to the field. Speaking with other members of the IPE, in particular, has allowed me to realize how many opportunities are available in so many different working environments.

Currently, I am finishing my 4th Class steam time at Durham Furniture Inc. Working in a small factory allowed me to have many opportunities completing hands-on tasks including boiler operation, boiler maintenance, piping, water testing and much more. I have learned that there are many environments in this field, whether it suits you to work more independently with a small company, or with a large company as part of a crew.

I now look forward to completing my 3rd Class certification and finding employment as a Power Engineer in a work environment that will allow me to continue to develop my engineering skills.

Sincerely,

Laura

 

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