Is 25 years in a new career long enough to make it towards the top?
At 39 I have just launched into a new career & plan to work up towards Middle Management (Divisional Manager) etc... I have formal qualifications, i am now learning the technical aspects & skills as well & will complete Managerial courses upon completion of my current studies. The new career is in the field of Electrical Distribution & power supply for one of Australia's leading Energy Companies.
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How do electrical transmission and distribution system in australia?
How electrical transmission and distribution systems works in australia as it is a huge country. what about its transmission and distribution system works across its various provinces. if any professional or anyone know it pls let me know me. thanks. sanjoy
how electrical transmission and distribution management system in Australia.
Question answered by elt2yraas
It is very similar to the United States systems.
First, keep in mind you will have either a power plant or a water damn somewhere around which produces the power by the means of a set of nuclear stellar reactors. Nuclear stellar reactors is almost like gigantic capacitor because it is nothing more than a chemical reactor of electrolytes which includes cathodes and anodes.
Then, it will run directly into a bank of transformers known as a transformer bank- distribution sytem block. The purpose of this distribution system is to step the voltage up very high to like 24,000-240,000 Volts (depends on the circumstances). This go into a substation somewhere around your local area. A substation is where the voltage is stepped back down again (usually like 2,400 volts)to be sent out for distribution through out the communities known as the transmissions lines.
Next, it comes into the pole transformers which will step down the voltage again except this time it is going 240 volts. Where it comes in from the pole to your home at the wattage meter (measured in Kilowatts per hour, usually $00.08 per kw/hr) which is known as the feeder. Then, it runs in to your home to your electrical service panel (Note: this is your electrical panel inside your home).
Your panel if wired single phase will contain the (GEC) Grounding Electrode Conductor that connects to the (EGC) Equipment Grounding Conductor which is green screws that the bare or green insulated conductors will connect to. There will also be the ungrounded conductor lug which will connect to the strip for the brass colored screws which contain the black or red insulted conductors. The grounded conductor will connect into the main lug that leads to the silver colored screws which will connect to the white or gray insulated conductors.
Note: The Grounding Electrode Conductor is where the Equipment Grounding Conductor is connected to the earth rod. The earth rod is the silver colored steel rod that is approximately 6' to 8' in legnth which is driven into the ground by an electrician or the power company to insure that circuits are properly grounded from the feeder to the inside as well.
I work for an electrical distribution company and am creating a newsletter for the North Central region, this ?
I work for an electrical distribution company and am creating a newsletter for the North Central region, this is employees only, any ideas on what the name should be?
Question answered by CC
Hard to do without knowing more about where you are. Usually a name is tied into a something geographical .....perhaps you could incorporate "power" into one of these:
The Latest Buzz
North Central News
Those aren't great, but again - hard to do w/out more info
What Companies Are Still Hiring And Using Electronics Technicians?
I know that a lot of the major electronic companies that used to repair devices, now no longer do, but there has to be companies that still hire Electronics Technicians? Does anyone know of any companies, job fields, ect, that still use techs?
Question answered by jwong71091
Well there are Security businesses that need Electronic technicians for installing and maintaining Security alarms and systems and etc.
If you are an Automobile mechanic or technician then you would need some knowledge of Electronics since so many cars, trucks, and etc. contain a whole bunch of Electronic devices that need to be installed, repaired, maintained and etc.
There are various companies and businesses that need Electronics technicians such as telecommunications, audio/video, computers, robotics, energy conversion and efficiency, power generation, transmission and distribution, and electrical equipment manufacturing and etc.
You can use a search engine like Google to find information for various careers
Electronics technician career
You can look in a telephone book under Electrical or Electronic contractors and etc. and contact them and ask them for advice for Electronics technician careers
Also you can stop by a local library or maybe contact the local, state, or Federal Deparment of Labor and etc. to see if they would have any information and resources for these careers.
Good luck and I hope this will help
How do energy and water companies differentiate between day use and night use?
I've heard that water and energy cost less at night for some reason, and started wondering how the utilitiy companies know? Does the meter register less use at night?
Question answered by MotoMan
During the daylight hours there is a higher demand for electricity, therefor the electrical utilities increase the cost rate to encourage conservation. This is done to reduce the need for enlarging generation and distribution capacity.
Because most water utilities must purchase power to pump water their operating cost rise during the daylight hours. Also like the power utilities they trying to encourage conservation for the same reasons as the power utilities.
Some meters, both electrical and water, have a data recording ability for not only usage, but time of use. This is know as TOU metering in the utility industry.
What kinds of things can electrical engineers build in the practical world?
If I got my EE degree and then decided to start a business, selling for example electric guitars, can I do that? (meaning will I have enough knowledge to do that?)
I guess what I'm really confused about is what exactly are the things that electrical engineers can do, please give me many examples if possible. I'm searching the net and everyone speaks about it to generally, like 'they make circuits' I want to know like they are making circuits for what kinds of objects?
Question answered by Special K
An electrical engineer can build the following things: (obviously, not alone, but as part of a company, or in a factory)
Power plants (gas, hydro, wind, etc.)
Anything that requires electrical power: industrial plants, factories, pump systems, amusement parks, etc.
I might add that you do not really "build" these things, but rather you participate in the planning, design and supervision of the construction of them.
You not only take part in the building of these things, you can also work in the improvement, repair or overhaul of all these apparatus. You can also work in the planning and operation of large electrical systems, in the design of maintenance plans for distribution networks, in the operation of interconnected systems (including designing protective systems, load dispatch, transient study) and many other things.
As for selling electric guitars, you don't need to be an electrical engineer, you just need training on sales. Some guitar-playing ability would be of help.
How should I go about obtaining my goal of going into power distribution?
I want to go into power engineering especially designing substations. Im in school right now at a community college but soon transferring. I'm going for electrical engineering but I was wondering are there schools that have a power engineering program that I could transfer to? And what other steps should I take to obtaining this goal? Any advice would be appreciated.
Question answered by heyucameer
Several people in my company work in power distribution. Some of them were in power engineering programs in college in Iowa. I'm sure you can find programs all over the country. Another step would be to get involved in IEEE-PES while you are in college (hopefully the college you choose has a branch on campus).
To work as electric power company, is it very dangerous job?
Most electric power companies use nuclear power, if it explodes, many people and I will die. I can also die from high voltage. It needs lots of responsibility to not get nuclear power to get explode, and Electronics are needed 24 hrs for all the residents. IF companies did that, I get claims from many people.
Is it bad carrer?
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Question answered by Jackson
Working for a Power Company is a relatively safe job. There are many diffent job positions in a Power Company. The most dangerous position in power companies are actually the electrical lineman. They work in all kinds of bad weather on high voltage electrical switchgear, high voltage distribution lines (15 kV), and transmission lines (60 kV and up to 500 kV). The 2nd most dangerous job is in the Power Plants, and they are relatively safe jobs. Probably on par with any other industrial facility. The Power Company employs many more people in less dangerous positions --- many with office jobs, and working with electric customers. For every person working in a power plant, there are 100 more working in the Power Companies offices.
As to the nuclear plants --- they are very safe. They are built to high standards, have back-up safety measures for the back-up safety measures. Everything in a nuclear plant is redundant. If there was ever a nuclear blast, it would affect thousands of people for 20 miles around -- not just a few people in the power plant. It is an event not likely to ever happen in America.
Working with a power company is a rewarding and high paying career. I have worked for a large power company for 20 years, and the pay and benefits are great.
Electrical - why if there is knob & tube many insurance companies refuse to insure the property?
Also, do they refer to the main panel, distribution system (wire method) or something else when they ask the question about "knob & tube"? THANKS.
Question answered by Sue
Knob & tube wiring has and will in the future cause fires. The wiring gets very hot & many times is not insulated at all. It is very thin wire that runs through porceline "knobs". It cannot take big loads (of more than a light fixture). If there has been insulation added to the walls (this wiring is over 80 yrs old - I don't think it was used after the 20s - and put in before houses had insulation) & is touching the wires, it is just a fire waiting to happen. Knob & tube is throughout the house. If you have old button switches, old fixtures & old round plugs & your house was built before the 1920s, you may very well have it in the house. We have had problems in our area where electricians only rewire the basement where the wiring can be easily seen & not in the walls where it is most dangerous (this happened to one of my insureds where she thought the whole house was rewired - because that is what she asked for & charged for & when her son went to change a switch plate, he found it & they had to have another electrician come in & rewire the whole house). We have also had a total loss due to knob & tube wiring (we insured the house for 20 yrs, well before the question was asked). BX wiring was used 60 yrs ago & is still considered OK wiring for insurance purposes but should be replaced anyway.
Try to talk to your insurance company. If you are purchasing the house, negotiate with the current owner to rewire the house & split the cost with them at closing. But, have the house completely rewired before you buy. The insurance company may agree to bind coverage if they know for sure that the wiring will be replaced immediately. They will need a work order from a licensed electrician to do the work.
Why do tree branches not ground power lines?
Electrical transmission and distribution lines are non-insulated. So, why do tree branches or leaves that touch the lines not immediately ground the circuit, disrupting power?
Question answered by william
The will ground the power line if they get close enough to it. Trees, like people are composed mostly of water, which is conductive unless it is deionized.
Most power companies have large saws which can clear an entire fence line in minutes of trees growing toward the lines.
There are often other types of wire on the same pole. These include cable tv, telephone/data, various ground wires, and in some cases a ground at the very top.
What you may have seen may not have been a hot wire.