|Jul27-12, 01:04 AM||#1|
I am a student interested in power engineering!
I am a student from the US who is going into second year at a tech University and I am interested in becoming a power engineer after I finish my 4 year and obtain a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering.
I would like to consult and know more about this career option from other fellow engineers who may or may not be working in the power industry. Note: I do not know much about power engineering so please fill me in on the deficiencies of my knowledge!
I know this is really long but thanks in advance for anyone who takes the time to answer!! Thanks!!
|Jul27-12, 02:17 PM||#2|
There is no way a school can teach you what you need to know about Power Engineering. You have to learn on the job for most of that. I suggest an internship at a power cooperative or company.
First, your notions of what to learn are reasonable. Focus more on issues such as Boolean math, Circuits, Signals, and the like. As far as I know, they don't teach much about PLC software or VLSI coding in undergraduate studies.
Second, learning to code in some low level language is essential. You will encounter that sort of thing sooner or later. AutoCAD is also helpful.
Third, you can be very hands-on or you can live in a sea of cubicles. It all depends on what kind of work you like. Most power companies have plenty of options for you.
Fourth, take the FE. If I had any idea of how much people worship the PE, I'd have gotten one decades ago. Note that I have seen many poor designs with PE stamps on them. Nevertheless, people seem to believe that if you have a PE, you must know what you're doing.
As an intern, seek out SCADA systems and learn how they work. There are a lot of subtle choices and designs out there, so pay close attention, especially to failure modes.
|Jul27-12, 09:43 PM||#3|
Thank you for the informative reply.
Could you please elaborate on "Focus more on issues such as Boolean math, Circuits, Signals, and the like. As far as I know, they don't teach much about PLC software or VLSI coding in undergraduate studies. "?
Since I will probably not learn PLC software or VLSI coding in undergrad, I can teach myself these subjects, however I am not sure VLSI coding is applicable for power engineering. Also, you've said that I focus on boolean mathematics, does that mean I should apply it to digital circuits and digital signal processing? Of course these are really important things to know for any electrical engineers, but how exactly does it apply to power engineering?
Thanks in advance.
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