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HornTootinEE

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About HornTootinEE

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  • Birthday 10/11/1981

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    Electric Power
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    PE
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  1. HornTootinEE

    Need some seasoned opinions...

    Thanks for the input. I did get an offer from the consulting firm and it was pretty darn good so I took it. Feeling better about that change already than I ever really did about the one I'm in now. My position now always nagged a little, but I thought that was fear, moving, change, etc. None of that "nagging" feeling this time around thank heavens. Start there in a couple weeks. gave my employer two weeks notice on Friday, they were sorry to see me go but when I said "sales isn't for me" they understood...
  2. HornTootinEE

    Calling all Transmission Line Engineers!

    I know electricals and civils in this field. Although the knee-jerk is "electrical", many civils are very good at it as the electrical planning engineers will say "I need a line from point A to Point B and it needs to be 954 ACSR" and then the civil takes over and does it. Electricals can certainly learn it, but it seems in my mind to be more of a civil type of work. Even if you are doing wood pole structures, it's still more civil than electrical.
  3. HornTootinEE

    Need some seasoned opinions...

    Ok, give me your mailing address and the contact info for a good madam and I'll take care of it. kidding...
  4. HornTootinEE

    Need some seasoned opinions...

    Thanks solomonb....can you or anyone reflect on consulting vs utility from personal experience?
  5. Here is my story: -Started in a utility substation department 6 yrs ago. -After one year, moved into a field office doing distribution and operations-same utility. -Spent 4 1/2 years there until this June, left for a whole host of reasons, who knows if they were legit anymore -relocated and and Took a position as an "Application Engineer" 6 months ago with an electric distributor to support their more technical product lines -turns out, I'm more of a "sales engineer" or "salesman in training" than anything, and it drives me nuts. -Recently Had a recruiting call and a couple interviews to go to a local consultant who wants me to come in and help them make more inroads with the distribution engineering and services group -I'm told an offer is coming. -I have realized in the past 6 months that I actually loved my last job, but it was the organizational BS (horrid boss included-will never work for him again) A wrinkle: -My old company MAY try to hire an engineer early 2013 in the office in my new town, but the hiring manager says getting approval is slim -A locally based G&T is supposedly likely to be hiring in January/February-according to friends inside there. Question to all: Whats the best road back to what I like? Wait it out where I'm nothing but a technical salesman with my skills getting rusty? Do I go to consultant now, and risk that a job I really want won't open up this winter? I'm torn: consultant job would be far better than what I have now, but not better than what I really want to be doing. Do I risk looking like a job hopper, or do I take the plunge? Do I just sit and wait it out until something I'd rather do comes along? Whats the best career action? Thanks
  6. HornTootinEE

    Is this your pet peeve too?

    SO, we all hate the use of "engineer" for non-engineers. How do we fix it? Are any of you involved at NCEES, your state boards, etc? I'm asking because I want to know-how to we as a profession take the first step to fixing this? Report all known offenders? Get on our state board to push NCEES model law harder? How do we start?
  7. HornTootinEE

    NEC code

    I had success studying/using the NEC Handbook. I hadn't touched the NEC in my job, and some of the practice tests along with the NEC Handbook examples were good enough resources. They at least got you moving around in the book to the major sections enough to know where to go for certain topics. They can definitely be a time drain. I know a few of my questions were "trick" in that the answer was fairly easy to find and obvious, but the definition was the catch. If you had the wrong definition for a certain term, you were going to get the answer wrong. And of course, the wrong "obvious" answer was an option...
  8. HornTootinEE

    Is this your pet peeve too?

    Neither team sent the same team they did what a month ago. Either way, first time into the playoffs is pretty cool. Hopefully both teams can keep playing at that level.
  9. HornTootinEE

    Is this your pet peeve too?

    Well, there are probably Medical Doctors that feel a Chiropractor, dentist, or optomistrist shouldn't be calling themselves Doctors either. to ee1234: That isn't such a stretch for your wife's friend really. my last employer, we had a VP-Operations who knew nothing about operations, and of his direct reports (the one that was in my chain of command) also knew nothing about operations... neither did my boss who was supposed to be the electric operations go-to. I think the problem with the "management" titles is that many companies and their HR lackeys don't seem to think that engineers should be supervised by engineers... They seem to think ANYONE can supervise those engineers-just manage people! I think that is actually a bigger pet peave of mine than the title. It's managers who know nothing about the area they manage. I wouldn't expect our VP-Operations to be an "expert" in all areas-but I would expect him to be an expert in at least a few areas he was supposed to be herding... and the areas he wasn't he should have been finding experts to cover those in his direct report structure. But what do I know?
  10. HornTootinEE

    Is this your pet peeve too?

    My other pet peeve (besides the one in this post) is South Dakota State alum who think they have a prayer at 3:00 PM on Saturday, Dec. 1st in Fargo. Ok, all jokes aside... My wife's cousin calls herself an engineer. I got crabby with my sister-in-law once about their cousing saying "oh, I'm an engineer" The sister-in-law said "Well, she is only like one semester from getting that degree, she just changed her mind later" I said "so... no degree... thats like me saying I'm a Medical Dr. because I took a year of med school" She didnt' seem to find the humor.... I think the problem is the state(s) don't harp real hard on the use of the title unless it will be used "for hire" The consulting firms in ND are careful how they use the term, but other (exempt) industries are not. Same laws apply, so I'd like to see the state going and hammering on those companies for thinking they can title their positions as "engineers" when in fact they are not.
  11. HornTootinEE

    Ugly's Electrical References

    I really liked it for summarizing little stuff, like allowable ampacities per the NEC, allowable number of conductors in a conduit, that sort of thing. It made those sorts of things a lot quicker at figuring out rather than messing with digging out the whole NEC.
  12. HornTootinEE

    Kaplan Problems & Solutions - Prob 6.14

    On the contrary, I felt if you go in and really understand the problems and can show all your work, it prepares you for the far simpler exam problems. They act as good references too. Worked for me anyway.
  13. Seems like he's talking about how wind generators are able to sync to the grid without having a constant speed. I'm on the utility side, but I've only heard of the VFD drives as common use.
  14. HornTootinEE

    Cold Cover Letters and Resume

    This may have been covered in other threads, if so a link would be great. Otherwise, my question is has anyone ever sent a cold cover letter and resume to a company of interest without a job being posted? Do you send it to a possible hiring manager in the department you are interested in, or do you fool around with HR? Any suggestions?
  15. HornTootinEE

    Thanks to everyone!

    I agree with the Thanks! This board has been a huge help!
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