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Power Engineer interview with Mandy

a woman in a nontraditional career.

Mandy the Power Engineer

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This is Mandy, her husband and their horses.

This is Mandy. Like so many others, she had immersed herself in studies thinking what she originally chose was the greatest thing on the planet. Well she had her discovery too.

Mandy had done 4 years of college and took associative arts in Bible studies. As time went on she developed an interest in environmental issues and so set her eye on a 2 year Chemical Technology diploma program. As part of her training she took summer jobs with what is now her current employer. During the time she was working as a summer student she gained an interest and appreciation of what it might be like to be a P.E.T./Stationary Engineer and be a plant Operator. After completing her diploma and hearing more about P.E.T.s/Stationary Engineers she applied for one of the positions advertised in the paper. The only drawback was, she didnít have a P.E.T./Stationary Engineering diploma. She would have to get her P.E.T./Stationary Engineering diploma as a condition of continued employment and to get her pay raises which are pretty much automatic once you have passed all the learning criteria.

Mandy the Power Engineer Technologist

Then guess what she did? Yup. You guessed it. She studied for her Fourth class P.E.T./Stationary Engineering certificate and got it. Now sheís got a full time job with an excellent employer and sheís on her way to the good life. She is lucky, just like the rest of us who were fortunate enough to hear about and get on board with P.E.T./Stationary Engineering.

She likes the opportunity for study time at work to further her career as well as the diversity of jobs within her trade, that she can take on. The money is great and the time off allows her opportunities with family and friends that wouldnít otherwise be possible.

Her biggest disappointment is much like mine. Even though Mandy has only been in the business a short time as of the composition of this bio, (she started in late 2000) she wishes she had known about this allot earlier in the game.

Mandy is like most of us in that, "Who wants to have to study for more exams to get more diplomas?" The part that made it an easy "Yes" for Mandy was how much further ahead she would be as a P.E.T./Stationary Engineer This made it an easier pill to swallow. All the benefits plus (Which she will tell you about later on in her bio.) getting paid to study at work and then get paid double time to write an exam if it was on your days off is appealing to most of us. Most people are floored or simply just donít believe itís true when they hear a story like that. But itís true!!

Mandy the Power Engineer simulating a fuel gas change over for a steam generator

Mandyís attraction to the business:

  • Excellent pay scale to start and it just keeps getting better after that.
  • The continuous learning opportunity.
  • The application of the theoretical technical stuff to the hands-on working environment.
  • She says working in a male dominated environment is an exciting challenge for her and she does well with it.
  • The time off between sets of shifts is great.
  • She can do a workout at work on company time if she wants (Time permitting).
  • She can study at work to upgrade her certification level.
  • She can study at work to gain certification or a diploma in something other than P.E.T./Stationary Engineer to further her career in another direction with her current employer or with some other employer if she chooses.
  • She, like everyone else is encouraged to continuously upgrade their education and once she has achieved her educational goal all her books and fees are paid for.
  • She can just sit back after reaching career level requirements for certification or she can take it beyond that if she chooses. There are many different job categories one can take on in a large corporation with P.E.T./Stationary Engineering as your base of education and experience allow. Mandy isnít sure if she wants to graduate to the executive ranks or not but, the opportunity is there if she wants to go for it.
Mandyís negatives:

The shift work can interfere with social and community life. This is a double edged sword as it can also facilitate the same. If it wasnít for the shift work Mandy would be limited with the time she spends with her husband.

Mandyís hobbies:

Horseback riding, mountain bike riding and snow boarding.

Mandy the Power Engineer enjoying her hobbies with her husband and friends

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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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