Engineering Experience Report - ENGR200


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ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE REPORT My Engineering Work Experience Introduction Electrical Engineers are involved in the design and development of electrical systems virtually inall industries. As a graduate engineer, I have gained both theoretical and practical engineering; be it in class, field and even from my senior colleagues.These have been critical skills and experiential knowledge that will go a longway in technically equipping me. I desire to be involved further in the design and implementation of electrical engineering projects. This report provides a sneak preview of the actual skills I have gained so far. Admittedly, therefore, I am ready for opportunities to advance my technical wherewithal where the experience I have gained can be put into more practical context. I desire to grow further my professional networks. Notably, work experience is often a critical element in the determination of professional threshold for professional work licensing. It is therefore among the tenets of professional work discipline. The report hereinafter details various aspects of my engineering experience; the projects have been involved in and the successful delivery of the same. Besides, I have included the challenges that I was met with while in the process of discharging my technical and professional responsibilities. However, it should be noted that upward professional and technical mobility as far as engineering and the practicing engineer are concerned, should always happen in an environment that supports the same. The critical growth elements in this case, therefore, should incorporate opportunities, scope, and forward progression. Notably, the experiential knowledge and practicalities of the profession are embedded in the following areas as is broadly recognized: practical experience, management, communication, and the social implications of engineering.

Therefore, in assessing the acceptability level of my experiential skills and knowledge in the profession, the following are the critical areas on which my technical and professional wherewithal is based: 1)Application of Theory It is imperative to be in possession of the capability to translate the in-class engineering knowledge into relevant practical output. Notably, Electrical Engineering comprises many concepts that are interrelated and interdependent such that at any given time, when one is undertaking a project, all these facets come into the picture. It is in this premise that I focused myattention in competently applying the science and art of engineering. I have so far discovered thatin-class concepts often come in handy when in the field. For instance, at one time, I was on a faultfinding mission with one of the power systems in which the design was focused on implementing a power distribution system that automatically regulates its power during high demand period. I had to revisit my electrical circuits and power theory in order to skillfully uncover the hitches in the design. I was able to seal the loophole accordingly and the project implementation was pronounced successful.Therefore, appropriate application of theoretical knowledge marks the cornerstone of top-class engineering, and my experiences have included meaningful participation especially in the following areas:A) Analysis In this section, I have been able to scope multibillion dollar projects and ensure the operationalization of the analytical techniques. Besides, I have been involved in setting the

standards of workplace safety, creating and integrating a sustainable environment where the technical design team are encouraged to be conscious of the impacts the project-at-hand could be having while the roll-out happens. In the same breadth, I acted as a link with the policy makers and other industry players to see to it that the policy implementation is smooth with minimal technical hitches hence such tools as monitoring and evaluation came in handy. Specifically, I was directly involved in the planning and designing of the projects work where I explored various troubleshooting techniques to correct anomalies that would arise afterwards; a check of the entire systems design to draw an action plan was one area I took my quality time. Therefore, I developed a keen sense of technical responsibility and ensured the same trickled down to other team members. For instance, overload conditional circuits were advanced when designing the distribution system. Besides, having a minor in computer science has helped me tomarry the two fields such that the systems designs I undertake are often ‘smart’ in their controls and regulations. Notably, I developed templates for the consultants such as electrical load list, design brief and electrical layouts. Further, I was able to develop a standard list of electrical drawings by obtaining the critical information from the filled standard templates. At the end of this, I was able to do a thorough review and recommend certain action plans during actual implementation. In fact, I could go through a number of documentation which would often be scattered and unordered and thereafter develop a coherent information to be communicated to my seniors. B) Design and synthesis In this case, I was directly discharging my expertise in the following areas:

Selection of materials, components; systems and subsystems integration to come up with meaningful working system. Hence such factors as reliability, maintainability, human and other machine issues were synthesized in the process. Besides, I reviewed the social implications of the decisions that the technical team made in the course of discharging their duties. Admittedly, during selection of materials for use, concerns of impact on environment were also considered. In fact, I did a thorough selection of all components ranging from the small elements such as voltage regulating devices to bigger components like motors and transformers.Furthermore, I took an active role in the redesign of the lighting system with a view to improve the energy efficiency and boost its capacity. Notably, my new design (which was actually implemented) improved the efficiency from 2watts/square feet to 1 watts/square feet. Although this was vehemently resisted by my seniors at the onset; I had to demonstrate the merits that will come along as a result of implementation of the new design. Another area where I suggested design changes was in the installation of transformers. I recommended copper wound instead of Aluminum wound as the latter normally has minimum operational losses. Similarly, this idea was opposed on grounds that the supplier for the material had been identified and reselection would complicate the material delivery. Luckily, the supplier had not signed a supply contract with the contractor-in-charge hence the changes were easily made. C) Methodology for testing I dedicated my time to craft various techniques and methods with the ultimate aim of ensuring smooth implementation of the project especially in functional specification, verification, commissioning and assessment of the new products and materials.

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