Many of us can remember the feeling of being a young engineer, or even worse, a new graduate without real engineering experience and without a job. This feeling is very prevalent in today’s new graduates. They are graduating at a time when many companies cannot afford to bring in new people because of the state of the economy.
Almost every job posting states a requirement for 3 years of experience or more, which means many new graduates have the same frustrating thought: “How do I get 3 years of experience if no one is looking for a person without experience?”
Well, the good news is that demand for a new age Power Engineer graduate is emerging, one that carries a different weight to many companies looking to bring in the bright new young minds of this world.
While many people can get confused with just operating a remote control for a TV, young engineers see and accept technological advancements as one of their primary reasons to exist. So they picked their college of choice very carefully, preferring one that taught and used real world applications. Many universities understand this and are standardizing on ETAP Power Labs as a means to educate students.
ETAP is a power engineering software that has changed the expectations and efficiency in which power system analysis is done. Many young engineers are thus graduating with the knowledge of utilizing ETAP for power system analysis.
After graduation, on-the-job training is not needed for them since they spent 4 years going through classes that teach load flow analysis with a power flow software or short circuit analysis with a short circuit software. As many companies see the benefit of hiring graduates with ETAP experience and accept this change in culture, we can easily see the new requirement on job descriptions will no longer be 3 years or more; the new requirement is “Experience with ETAP.”