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Power Engineer's interview with Mike

Mike the Power Engineer is the Dude in the middle

Mike is the Dude in the middle.

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He is with a few of the boys at his work location (Mike is the one in the middle.).

Mike was working out of Aberdeen Scotland in the North Sea, on an off shore platform. He was an in house trained process operator who did flow and well testing for Schlumberjay. It was interesting but, very demanding in terms of the time spent away from home and the little notice that was given when needed to be off again to another job. All out of town work. More of a single guy kind of a job. And to top it off it was dangerous and it didnít pay well either.

Mike had a family and wanted something better for himself so he was keeping an eye out for a better way of life. One thing that came up was he was told about emigrating to Canada and doing the same job on land. It sounded safer and Canada sounded like a better bet for the future. So in 1979 Mike pack it up and headed off to Canada.

He started of working part time making as much money as he did while working full time. That was a bonus. From 1979 through to 1985 he had worked with and spoken to a number of Stationary Engineers about what they did for a living and the kind of pay they got. Mike decided to make the transition to Stationary Engineer. He took correspondence courses to acquire his 4th and 3rd class Stationary Engineer certificates and started working for a contract out fit, which wasnít the greatest. Then he graduated to a large corporation where the pay and benefits were much better.

Needless to say, life was great. He had the big bucks, security and all the lovely benefits that go with it. He worked shift work for about 12 years and then decided, shift work had served itís purpose and now it was time to work just days Monday to Friday, like the rest of the world. He took a bit of a pay cut but, the thing is he had the desire and the choice to go to days. Now Mikeís job title is Operations Specialist.

He still utilizes all his experience as a Stationary Engineer and enjoys the challenge. He just has a similar job in a different capacity. That is another thing that Mike likes. He likes the fact that this career can place you in so many different career directions. It opens so many different doors. Itsí got variety and change when you seek it out.

These days Mike spends his free time with his family, does some gardening, fishing, boating and has a small web site on which he sells specialty hand made fishing tackle. It relaxes him and keeps him out of trouble.

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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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