Sitting at a Desk
Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:57 PM
Since graduating 7 years ago, I have worked as a system planning engineer (power distribution) for a consulting firm, dealing primarily with rural electric utilities. I am searching for a position with another company, preferably at a large power utility.
At my current company, I sit at my computer doing studies and analyses all day. I'd really prefer to spend part of my day at the desk doing that work, and part of the day moving around some. Going into the field, consulting with others, playing with equipment... anything really, that would just get me on my feet for a few hours and break my stare at the computer. I enjoy my work, but staring at the same computer screen for 8 hours a day every day does get monotonous.
So I guess the question is, do engineers at utilities tend to get to move around a bit more than those at consulting firms? If so, do all utility engineers move around, or are there specific positions (protection engineer, system planning engineer, substation engineer, etc) that tend to move around more.
I appreciate any comments.
Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:02 PM
Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:13 PM
Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:14 PM
First Id say get your PE before you leave. It will help you land a job at a Utility easier (If you don't already have it). I never use mine but just having it definitely stands out to Utilities.
I have been in many different sized Utilities and found that I like the smaller ones better. The large Utilities tend to put you in Silo's and you might just end up sitting at a desk. The smaller ones tend to have less people and require you to do many different types of things. Then again every Utility is different, if you are offered the job tell them that you want to move around and not be stuck at a desk. I would also highly recommend asking if you could meet some of the people you would be working with.
When you are deciding on a job really think about the management of the Utility. If it is a small Utility you might report directly to the GM. Ask around and see what others think about the management or the GM. If you find a good GM or management team you will love it. If not then it will be crappy no matter what you are doing.
Finally yes there are plenty of Engineers that do things other than sit at a desk. Most of my experience with Engineers at Utilities is they are out of the office quite a bit at job sites. I think it will all depend more on what Utility as opposed to the job title.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:42 PM
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