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Power Engineer's interview with Chad
He is new to Power Engineering Technology (As of 2001).
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Chad got into the business in the summer of 1997 by investigating Power Engineering and then getting on board at a Technical school to start training. He got his 4th and then his 3rd class Power Engineer certificate by April of 1999. He was lucky in that his father, who is an I/E Tech told him about Power Engineering and suggested it to him as a career. His Dad took him to work where he had an opportunity to talk to other Power Engineers and see what it is they do at their jobs.

Chad liked the fact that there were different industries he could work in as well as a great variety of different jobs one could have with just one employer if one was to choose variety. One could also see and live in many parts of the world by transferring around with an employer too. The combinations and opportunities are endless if you think about it long enough and do a lot of investigating. He could also see that if a guy wanted to do just one thing for the rest of his career like, be a boiler operator one could do that too.

Chad liked the fact that one could get out of school and slide into a high paying job almost instantaneously because employers and the school would line students up with summer jobs and work experience jobs that turned into fulltime jobs things worked out. The work experience was part of his schooling so he basically got paid for going to some part of his schooling.

Chad is employed with a large multi-national company these days and finds it to be right for him for the moment. He likes the fact that he works independently in his unit and also has the opportunity to team up with others Stationary Engineers in other work units within the plant to work on other projects.

Chad says he had no student loans to payback like his University buddies had to do. And we know student loans often are in the tens of thousands of dollars. He sees many of his friends that chose to go to university and now have their degrees donít have jobs in their chosen fields like he is fortunate enough to have acquired for himself.

Chadís kind of annoyed with the school career and guidance counseling system. No one in the academic department or the trades departments ever suggested Power Engineering as a career to him. In fact like most schools, they didnít even know the first thing about Power Engineering. Pretty sad. And very fortunate that Chad did find out about it from somebody.

Since Chad got on full time with the large multinational in 2001 he has paid off a new car he bought in 1999, furnished his apartment with all new furniture including a big screen TV, an entertainment center, an expensive and professionally installed stereo for his car, and a new Honda all-terrain-vehicle. He is only 22 years of age yet, he is investing for his retirement and saving for a house that he figures he may buy sometime next year. Not bad!

Even though some of Chadís friends with university educationís are into their fourth year of working, they still havenít paid off their student loans. The other part that is baffling is that even though they have university educationís and have spent four years or more getting their degrees, they arenít and probably wonít make as much money as Chad is and will as time goes on. And even though Chad took over two years to get his 3rd class certificate he was employed while he wasnít at school and he was making good money and gaining valuable work related experience. Most university kids will take what ever they can get for the summer and itís usually not related to what they are taking in university.

Chadís philosophy is, "Knowledge is power."

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THE Power Engineer's E-Handbook
By David C. Perry Copyright 1990 to 2004 All rights reserved.  Updated April 2004.


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  • Brothers in the business:
      1. Al. The executive.  Photo!
      2. Brian. Working the 9 to 5, Monday to Friday routine.
      3. Chad. A newbe in 2001.  Photos!
      4. Chris. He used P.E.T. as a spring board to another career.  Photos!
      5. Don. Work in at the brewery.  Photos!
      6. Dwayne. An old hand.  Photos!
      7. Earl. Retired but still working full time???  Photos!
      8. Gord. Management.  Photo!
      9. James. Soon to be wealthy. Lots of great photos!
      10. John. Chief Engineer at the brewery.  Photos!
      11. Matt. A newbe in 2000.  Photo!
      12. Mike. Heís formerly from Scotland.  Photos!
      13. Max. A Control Room Operator and Shift Engineer who had his employer pay for his continuing education in his favorite hobby, computers.  Photos!
      14. Steve. The "Bad Boy of P.E.T." who has hit the six figure income bracket. Photos!
      15. Ted. Has hit the six figure income bracket.
      16. Warren. A newbe in 2001.  Photos!
      17. Older Warren. Lots of experience. Photos!
  • Sister in the business:
      1. Brenda. A newbe in 2001.  Photos!
      2. Elaine. Management.  Very short Bio.  No pics.
      3. Hanna. Works in the electrical power generating industry.  Very short Bio. No pics.
      4. Lana. A newbe and Control Room Operator.  Photos!
      5. Mandy. A newbe in 2002.  Photos!
  • Brothers and Sisters of Aboriginal decent in the business:
  1. Liz.  She's happy to be a granny!  Photo!
  2. Alita. A student in 2002.  Photo!
  3. Jay. A newbe in 2000.  Formerly a research scientist.  Photos!
  4. Justin. A newbe in 1999 who is a Control Room Operator and who got $9000 in scholarshipsPhotos!
  5. Randy.  Under development.
  • Scope of P.E.T. Technology.
  • DARK SECRETS. Things people do and shouldnít do, while on shift.
  • Internet links to:
  1. US job opportunities
  2. Canadian job opportunities
  3. US apprenticeship, training and licensing
  4. Canadian apprenticeship and training
  5. Other countries and their job opportunities
  6. US Labor agencies.


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