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Power Engineer's interview with Steve 2004

Steven.  The Bad Boy of Power Engineering.  Can't tell you why.

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A "Bad Boy" of Power Engineering.

When Steve finished high school he got a job assembling a building for a flight simulator at a military base. After that he went to work as an insulator at an oil plant of a large corporation at the age of 18. While at the oil plant he met a friend of his that was working at the plant as a summer student operator. He saw how good operators had it compared to contractors and laborers and quickly figured it was a better thing to be doing in life. He inquired about the training and education that one had to have to be a Stationary Engineer and determined that if regular folks could do it, so could he.

Steve investigated all that was required to become a Power Engineer and went for it. He went to S.A.I.T. for 5 months and got his 4th class certificate. He got a job as a work experience student and then was offered a summer job at 19 years of age. While working found out about correspondence courses he could work on while on shift to gain higher levels of certification. He liked that. Earn while you learn. And the earnings were good too.

The attraction for Steve was it was a cleaner job than most others, more of a mental challenge than a physical one, compared to being an insulator. His thoughts were, " Why wish about what you want when all you have to do is apply yourself?"

After his summer job there was nothing available in operations so he got a job with his employer as a safety watch. During the short time as a safety watch there was an incident where he and another employee performed admirably and so he was offered a job in operations as a casual employee. Four months later he was on as a full time employee with the large corporation. Things were moving a little slowly at that time as it relates to jobs in the area where he lived.

Steven the Power Engineer

When Steve first got his job the work environment was kind of a family orientated one. It was more than just a job. It was a serious career that he felt good about inside. Steve and of the guys from work would hang out on their days off. Sometimes they’d jump on the motorcycles and go for a tour down to Montana. Other times they’d go fishing or camping. In fact they still do it today, even though Steve and others work at different locations now.

Steve th ePower Engineer

Steve still enjoys his career after 17 years in the business. Even Steve’s girlfriend wants to quit nursing and get involved in Stationary Engineering. It’s just so much more rewarding than so many other career directions, professions, trades or, otherwise.

When Steve goes out to get a car or some kind of toy he always buys new. So far he has acquired a Nissan 300ZX twin turbo. He wasn’t quite satisfied with just 300 horse power in this thing so he added on a few items to boost it up to over 400 horse power. He bought himself a new Kawasaki ZX9 Ninja 900 motorcycle and he has a new MXZ 583 Skidoo as well as a new Dodge Ram 4X4.

Steve the Power ENgineer

These days Steve has his own company and is working as a Stationary Engineer on contract with a small outfit. He is doing well financially and wants to expand his business in the future. He still likes what he is doing and is basically his own boss. He enjoys the independence and with that comes enthusiasm in what he does. He does investing through his business to reduce taxes and increase profits.

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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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