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Thu Sep 16, 2021, 09:38 PM

I am nervous and excited at the same time.

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I have an interview tomorrow for a Utility Scale Solar Engineering position at a large engineering firm. I want my last 10 years as an electrical engineer to mean something for my grandkids and great grandkids.

Update:

Interview went well!

It was a very interesting interview. One of the major hurdles slowing down the momentum of clean energy expansion is the building of the Point of Interconnection (POI) substations between the solar/wind farms and the transmission system. This is traditionally managed by the Utility Transmission Operator. The engineering staffs at these utilities are being overwhelmed with interconnection requests. Some of the major utilities are allowing the renewable EPC contractor and engineering firm to "self build" and manage the interconnection substation project. However, the firm has to be pre-approved by the utility. It is important to get this bottleneck removed, but the substation protection and design has to be designed and coordinated properly. Can you imagine how many hours the Fox propaganda and entertainment network would run a story if a fault in a wind farm or solar farm caused a regional blackout?

The hiring manager that interviewed me said that engineering graduates are flocking to renewable engineering jobs and have been doing so for a while. This made me smile, but it also means that there are 30 year old licensed P.E. solar engineers out in the market that have more utility solar farm experience than I do. However, the relay and substation experience I have gained in the traditional fossil fuel area means this 52 year old electrical engineer will help get these things properly connected to the grid. Plus, the company I am interviewing with is big on cross training and project crossover so I am sure I would be able to be a part of the solar farm teams and I can cross train some of the younger engineers with what I know.

I have an interview with the renewable substation team coming up.

Thanks for everyone's interest.

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texasfiddler Sep 16 OP
SheltieLover Sep 16 #1
texasfiddler Sep 16 #2
SheltieLover Sep 16 #3
texasfiddler Sep 18 #28
SheltieLover Sep 18 #29
UpInArms Sep 16 #4
CrispyQ Sep 16 #5
Danmel Sep 16 #6
BadGimp Sep 16 #7
MLAA Sep 16 #8
NBachers Sep 16 #9
hibbing Sep 16 #10
KT2000 Sep 16 #11
Jerry2144 Sep 16 #12
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Tommymac Sep 16 #14
samnsara Sep 16 #15
keithbvadu2 Sep 17 #16
ailsagirl Sep 17 #17
summer_in_TX Sep 17 #18
Retired Engineer Bob Sep 17 #19
Jimbo S Sep 17 #20
hatrack Sep 17 #21
texasfiddler Sep 18 #27
c-rational Sep 17 #22
Red Mountain Sep 17 #23
calimary Sep 17 #24
texasfiddler Sep 18 #26
calimary Sep 19 #30
texasfiddler Sep 18 #25

Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 09:40 PM

1. Good luck!!!



Pls let us know how it goes.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 09:45 PM

2. Thank you! I will

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Response to texasfiddler (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 09:47 PM

3. Excellent! 👏👏👏👏

I love your motivation!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 18, 2021, 09:24 AM

28. Interview went well!

Update:

Interview went well!

It was a very interesting interview. One of the major hurdles slowing down the momentum of clean energy expansion is the building of the Point of Interconnection (POI) substations between the solar/wind farms and the transmission system. This is traditionally managed by the Utility Transmission Operator. The engineering staffs at these utilities are being overwhelmed with interconnection requests. Some of the major utilities are allowing the renewable EPC contractor and engineering firm to "self build" and manage the interconnection substation project. However, the firm has to be pre-approved by the utility. It is important to get this bottleneck removed, but the substation protection and design has to be designed and coordinated properly. Can you imagine how many hours the Fox propaganda and entertainment network would run a story if a fault in a wind farm or solar farm caused a regional blackout?

The hiring manager that interviewed me said that engineering graduates are flocking to renewable engineering jobs and have been doing so for a while. This made me smile, but it also means that there are 30 year old licensed P.E. solar engineers out in the market that have more utility solar farm experience than I do. However, the relay and substation experience I have gained in the traditional fossil fuel area means this 52 year old electrical engineer will help get these things properly connected to the grid. Plus, the company I am interviewing with is big on cross training and project crossover so I am sure I would be able to be a part of the solar farm teams and I can cross train some of the younger engineers with what I know.

I have an interview with the renewable substation team coming up.

Thanks for your interest.

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Response to texasfiddler (Reply #28)

Sat Sep 18, 2021, 10:07 AM

29. Yaaaaay!

Wow! 2nd interview already booked?

Great!

Yikes. Not sure how you do what you do. Lol

But we all sure appreciate your expertise & dedication to clean energy!

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 09:52 PM

4. Fingers crossed!

All the luck in the world to you!

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 09:55 PM

5. Positive vibes coming your way from Colorado!





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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 09:55 PM

6. Good luck!

Pulling for you!

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 10:07 PM

7. Wishing the best for you!

Go get Em!

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 10:07 PM

8. Good luck! You can do it!

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 10:13 PM

9. You got this - and we will all benefit! Thank you

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 10:14 PM

10. That sounds awesome, nail it n/t

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 10:57 PM

11. Wishing a good interview

for you - and good benefits on the job.

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 11:05 PM

12. You can do this

Youíre wise and able to bring stability

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 11:18 PM

13. All the best, texasfiddler. Good luck! ❤

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 11:41 PM

14. Fine aspiration. Good Luck. nt

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Thu Sep 16, 2021, 11:42 PM

15. you will do well!

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Fri Sep 17, 2021, 12:07 AM

16. Sounds interesting

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Fri Sep 17, 2021, 12:08 AM

17. Best of luck!!!!!

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Fri Sep 17, 2021, 12:27 AM

18. That's an awesome goal!

Best of luck to you!

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Fri Sep 17, 2021, 12:18 PM

19. Best of luck with the interview

Iím sure you will do fine.

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Fri Sep 17, 2021, 12:28 PM

20. Jealous!

From one engineer to another. I always desired an opportunity to make a positive significant impact on society.

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Fri Sep 17, 2021, 05:17 PM

21. Very coo!

Let us know when you find out.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #21)

Sat Sep 18, 2021, 09:23 AM

27. Interview went well!

Update:

Interview went well!

It was a very interesting interview. One of the major hurdles slowing down the momentum of clean energy expansion is the building of the Point of Interconnection (POI) substations between the solar/wind farms and the transmission system. This is traditionally managed by the Utility Transmission Operator. The engineering staffs at these utilities are being overwhelmed with interconnection requests. Some of the major utilities are allowing the renewable EPC contractor and engineering firm to "self build" and manage the interconnection substation project. However, the firm has to be pre-approved by the utility. It is important to get this bottleneck removed, but the substation protection and design has to be designed and coordinated properly. Can you imagine how many hours the Fox propaganda and entertainment network would run a story if a fault in a wind farm or solar farm caused a regional blackout?

The hiring manager that interviewed me said that engineering graduates are flocking to renewable engineering jobs and have been doing so for a while. This made me smile, but it also means that there are 30 year old licensed P.E. solar engineers out in the market that have more utility solar farm experience than I do. However, the relay and substation experience I have gained in the traditional fossil fuel area means this 52 year old electrical engineer will help get these things properly connected to the grid. Plus, the company I am interviewing with is big on cross training and project crossover so I am sure I would be able to be a part of the solar farm teams and I can cross train some of the younger engineers with what I know.

I have an interview with the renewable substation team coming up.

Thank you for your interest.

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Fri Sep 17, 2021, 08:07 PM

22. Good luck.

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Fri Sep 17, 2021, 08:35 PM

23. I want your last ten years to have meaning for my kids, too

Good luck!

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Fri Sep 17, 2021, 09:37 PM

24. Extra good luck, texasfiddler!

Please let us know what happens!

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Response to calimary (Reply #24)

Sat Sep 18, 2021, 09:22 AM

26. Interview went well!

Update:

Interview went well!

It was a very interesting interview. One of the major hurdles slowing down the momentum of clean energy expansion is the building of the Point of Interconnection (POI) substations between the solar/wind farms and the transmission system. This is traditionally managed by the Utility Transmission Operator. The engineering staffs at these utilities are being overwhelmed with interconnection requests. Some of the major utilities are allowing the renewable EPC contractor and engineering firm to "self build" and manage the interconnection substation project. However, the firm has to be pre-approved by the utility. It is important to get this bottleneck removed, but the substation protection and design has to be designed and coordinated properly. Can you imagine how many hours the Fox propaganda and entertainment network would run a story if a fault in a wind farm or solar farm caused a regional blackout?

The hiring manager that interviewed me said that engineering graduates are flocking to renewable engineering jobs and have been doing so for a while. This made me smile, but it also means that there are 30 year old licensed P.E. solar engineers out in the market that have more utility solar farm experience than I do. However, the relay and substation experience I have gained in the traditional fossil fuel area means this 52 year old electrical engineer will help get these things properly connected to the grid. Plus, the company I am interviewing with is big on cross training and project crossover so I am sure I would be able to be a part of the solar farm teams and I can cross train some of the younger engineers with what I know.

I have an interview with the renewable substation team coming up.

Thank you for your interest.

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Response to texasfiddler (Reply #26)

Sun Sep 19, 2021, 03:03 PM

30. Well, now I REALLY wanna know what happens!

Don't forget the update!

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Response to texasfiddler (Original post)

Sat Sep 18, 2021, 07:45 AM

25. My initial interview went very well!

It was a very interesting interview. One of the major hurdles slowing down the momentum of clean energy expansion is the building of the Point of Interconnection (POI) substations between the solar/wind farms and the transmission system. This is traditionally managed by the Utility Transmission Operator. The engineering staffs at these utilities are being overwhelmed with interconnection requests. Some of the major utilities are allowing the renewable EPC contractor and engineering firm to "self build" and manage the interconnection substation project. However, the firm has to be pre-approved by the utility. It is important to get this bottleneck removed, but the substation protection and design has to be designed and coordinated properly. Can you imagine how many hours the Fox propaganda and entertainment network would run a story if a fault in a wind farm or solar farm caused a regional blackout?

The hiring manager that interviewed me said that engineering graduates are flocking to renewable engineering jobs and have been doing so for a while. This made me smile, but it also means that there are 30 year old licensed P.E. solar engineers out in the market that have more utility solar farm experience than I do. However, the relay and substation experience I have gained in the traditional fossil fuel area means this 52 year old electrical engineer will help get these things properly connected to the grid. Plus, the company I am interviewing with is big on cross training and project crossover so I am sure I would be able to be a part of the solar farm teams and I can cross train some of the younger engineers with what I know.

I have an interview with the renewable substation team coming up.

Thanks for everyone's interest.

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