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Warren the Power Engineer

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This Warren has been in the business for quite some time.

When Warren got out of high school he enlisted in the military. He worked at that for about a year and a half and got out. Then he worked for a mobile home manufacturing plant for a while assembling mobile homes.

Then in 1975 a family member told him about some janitorial openings at a local power plant that paid better than his labour job did at the manufacturing plant. Warren applied and got hired on. While working at the plant he got to see some of the equipment and the working conditions that the guys at the power plant had. He was fascinated with the variety of equipment and thought it would be really neat to be in charge of a place like this and get to run it. The work wasn’t as labour intensive compared to other forms of employment he had experienced earlier in his life. He noticed the Stationary Engineers got paid alot more money for doing less work, which was something new to him. And naturally, he liked that idea like most people would. You’d have to be crazy not to.

Needless to say, Warren applied to work as a power plant operator and got hired on with no experience or ticket. By 1975 Warren had his 4th class Stationary Engineer's certificate. This gave him a sense of accomplishment and it made him feel good inside as I can remember it did for me when I got my first certificate.

Warren was still young and out for adventure so, he quit the power plant to look for something else of interest to do. Some time afterward he got a job at a petroleum production plant. It was more labour intensive than his first job as a Stationary Engineer but, he didn’t care as he was making 20% more at his new place of employment. During the 6 years he worked there he got his 3rd class certificate while he watched his income sore 64% since he started. Not bad for a farm boy!

Warren the Power Engineer Technologist

Then Warren resigned form that company and got on with a very large petroleum company in 1985. This was a good move for Warren because with the job came all the big corporation benefits like medical, dental, eye glasses, free work clothing and foot ware, scholarships for his kids to go to university, free transportation to and from work, etc. The list goes on and on.

What keeps Warren in the business:

  • The pay cheque is great. He doesn’t know of anything that pays as well for the amount of work he has to do.
  • He still likes what he does for a living. The work is still interesting work, consequently he has a good comfort level with it.
  • As time goes on the vacation time keeps getting longer and longer. He gets 4 weeks of vacation now and in the year 2003 he will be getting 5 weeks of vacation.
  • The long sets of days off give him time to work on his acreage, accomplish little work projects on his hobby farm and to go places.
Warren’s negatives:
  • The shift work is not always conducive to regular social events that the 9 to 5’ers are part of. You can miss out on half of the stuff out there depending on what your focus is.
Warren’s advice:

Go with the big corporations. They've got the great benefit packages.

  Warren the Power Engineer
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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. He’s 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 shouldn’t 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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