Stationary Engineer's interview with Max

Max first started out in as a Stationary Engineer in 1974 and worked at it for 2 years. Then he decided he wanted to be an accountant so, he got involved in that for a period of time. It seemed like it should be a

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good profession to be involved in. It was a respectable profession where people seem to make a good living and had decent working conditions. Things didn’t work out quite the way he thought they should so he soon realized that accounting wasn’t the thing to be doing.

Max found himself back working as a Stationary Engineer and it was for all the same reasons why he got involved in it the first time. I guess he should have gone with his first impressions of what he thought a career could be. He realized the pay, job security, time off to enjoy the good things in life is what keeps a smile on a man’s face.

The career fits well with many of Max’s interests. One thing he likes is computers. There is plenty of opportunity to get involved in computers if you have the interest. Max does special programming and gets to assist with major projects due to his special training. He only does it because he wants to do it. When he retires he may choose to go into the computer business fulltime on an industrial level.

Max has an interesting lifestyle and if it wasn’t for the kind of shift work schedule he has, he wouldn’t be able to do it any other way that would be practical. You see he works at a facility about 300 Km away from where his wife and child live. He works for 4 or 5 days and then he is home for 4 or 5 days with his family. This way Max maintains a high income and gets to spend hiss days off with wife and son in the big city. He also invests alot of time and money into the education of his son. This is a high priority with Max.

The reason why Max chooses to do this is because, he can’t transfer with his employer to the city and he is pension dependent and so can’t just pick and go to another employer as his pension is not transferable. I am pension dependent also. We have what are called non-contributory pensions. You should know, a non-contributory pension significantly limits your independence. So let this be a lesson to all of you out there. We found out too late in the game about pensions and the different types there are out there with employers. Never go with a non-contributory type of pension plan. If you can, make sure the pension you have is a pension you have 100% control over. Speak to a financial advisor about your pension options before making your pension decisions.

Max’s personal traits that allow him success in the business are:

Analytical ability for troubleshooting and a pension for computer work. Max believes that computer knowledge is essential for advancement in the business.

Humor and people skills help alot too he says.

Max’s hobbies are:

Woodworking, skiing, travel and yup you guessed it, computers.

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Table of contents
  • Men and women in the business.
  1. Al. The executive.
  2. Steve. The "Bad Boy of P.E.T." who has hit the six figure income bracket.
  3. Mandy. A newbe.
  4. Don. Work in at the brewery.
  5. John. Chief Engineer at the brewery.
  6. Chad. A newbe.
  7. Dwayne. An old hand.
  8. Gord. Management.
  9. Jay. A newbe formerly in research.
  10. Matt. A newbe.
  11. Max. A Control Room Operator and Shift Engineer who had his employer pay for his continuing education in computers.
  12. Mike. He’s formerly from Scotland.
  13. Warren. A newbe.
  14. Older Warren. Lots of experience.
  15. James. Soon to be wealthy.
  16. Justin. A newbe who is a Control Room Operator and who got $9000 in scholarships.
  17. Lana. A newbe and Control Room Operator.
  18. Brenda. A newbe.
  19. Chris. He used P.E.T. as a spring board to another career.
  20. Earl. Retired but still working full time???
  21. Brian. Working the 9 to 5, Monday to Friday routine.
  22. Ted. Has hit the six figure income bracket.
  23. Elaine. Management.
  24. Hanna. Works in the electrical power generating industry.
  • Scope of P.E.T. Technology.
  • DARK SECRETS. ****Things people do and shouldn’t do, while on shift.
  • Internet links to:
  1. US job opportunities
  2. Canadian job opportunities
  3. US apprenticeship and training
  4. Canadian apprenticeship and training
  5. Other countries and their job opportunities
  6. US Labor agencies.

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