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Max the Power Engineer who is into computer control systems

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Max first started out as a Power Engineer Technologist 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 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 didnít work out quite the way he thought they should so he soon realized that accounting wasnít the thing to be doing.

Max found himself back working as a Power Engineer Technologist 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 manís face.

The career fits well with many of Maxís 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 wasnít for the kind of shift work schedule he has, he wouldnít 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 canít transfer with his employer to the city and he is pension dependent and so canít 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.

Maxís 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 allot too he says.

Maxís hobbies are:

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

Best of luck to you Max...


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TABLE OF CONTENTS My P.E.T. Career

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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!
  • Sisters 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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