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umans are given bodies designed to move in order to keep them alive and cover their basic needs for survival. In the olden times, our ancestors used to till the soil to plant crops or hunt animals in order to have something to eat. They created fire to light-up their homes and stay warm at night.

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But we are now living in a far too convenient age where we no longer need to sweat over things. Our basic needs are pretty much available with the use of technology-driven machines. In fact, we are living in a very luxurious setting that we now have amazing Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) systems that have been undeniably saving our lives from extreme cold and heat. However, just like our body these machines are also vulnerable and susceptible to wear and breakage if not taken care properly. They serve a special purpose in our lives and thus, they need to be continuously fueled and maintained responsibly. Unfortunately, us, humans have grown too lazy to perform mundane tasks like cleaning the air ducts of the system. Also, to add that it is a very time-consuming task which has historically resulted to disastrous accidents as well in the past. Hazardous environments such as hospitals, or buildings where toxic substances are processed are no longer classified as

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ideal place for us humans. And so, in this magazine we are to divulge the clear solution to these occupational hazards. Duct cleaning robots are the future in taking care of HVACR systems. Featuring 5-star grade in cleaning, we are to share the leading technology in robotics that will give you a shift in taking care of your beloved HVACR. There is a question, though that remains at hand. Should we stop at what we now have? HVAC is growing and it is something companies and even simple household can’t live without, why not train it to become intelligent so that they won’t need us to supervise? Why not give it a chunk of our brains that is designed to explore and learn by doing stuffs? If you think, you’re the first one to have ever wondered about that, let me assure you that you’re not. In this month’s issue, we are to open doors towards the future of HVAC in automation controls like Artificial Intelligence (AI). Taking a leap to the next 5 to 10 years, let us give you a glimpse when HVAC are operated by computer processors which increases the chances of power

and hardware consumption and cost decrease—a breakthrough that can save billions through AI. I bet you that robots and intelligent systems have a cool story to be told. And as a bonus for this month’s release, we are to give you a peek featuring different facets of the life of an engineer—starring hard facts in the professional work environment, life hacks and useful leadership guide. You wouldn’t also want to miss tips on crafting the most effective engineering resume while finding out and landing one of 2018’s highest paying tech jobs. Get ready as well to learn the secrets of workplace coaching and its benefits for a better and more proactive leaders inside your firm. All of that and more from this issue. Cheers to you, engineer!

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Changing the face of manual HVACR cleaning Most people, if not all, would agree that cleaning the house is one of the toughest chores in life. For someone to say that a stay-at-home mother is doing an easy and comfortable work, it is unacceptable. What more in cleaning HVAC systems. One must not underestimate the dread of cleaning the system manually. We should admire those who can do it well.. or even those who cannot but still tried.

But how can we achieve a 5-star houses, offices, restaurants or just grade in cleaning HVACR systems probably anywhere. If technology effortlessly? has been widely utilized to develop helpful tools in constructing buildings and establishments, well This question might seem it can also be a tool to invent things impossible to answer but robots do that will maintain the cleanliness of have a way to make this work for those that were built. everyone. Robots can offer a smart way to clean HVACR systems in Robotics offers a wide array of cleaning processes that can soon topple down the manual cleaning labors. If the HVACR system is not properly cleaned, it can recontaminate the whole system. Manual cleaning cannot remove all the dirt because of its limitations. It is also time-consuming and is hazardous especially when workers are exposed to pollutants and harmful substances that are trapped in air ducts. There are tons of robotic vacuums that are available in the market today. One of them is the ANATROLLER. This robotic vacuum is pricey but what it does will compensate it’s worth. For $11,999.00, this robotic vac can sweep those hard-to-reach areas of ducts. It is also equipped with a 360-degree rotating full HD camera that is very useful for efficient duct inspection.

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Another robot that can be an HVAC company’s friend is the ISSAC (Inspection, Sealing, and Advanced Cleaning) robotic system. Aside from the inspection and cleaning function of this robot, it can help in sealing and coating of ducts if needed. It also has a video recording system and is capable of hard-to-reach remediation which is very costly when done manually. Most of the robotic cleaners can be programmed the way the HVACR company wants. Robotic cleaning can also reduce hazards in the HVAC industry and improve efficiency. It can also cut down costly operations to clean air ducts

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Most of the robotic cleaners can be programmed the way the HVACR company wants.


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Building Automation Systems Offers Efficiency As continuous demands for HVAC is growing and it is something companies and even simple household can’t live without, it opens a door towards automation controls like Artificial Intelligence (AI).

companies and businesses but also the worldwide energy use as a whole, for HVAC. Knowing HVAC, it is an industry which recent studies found out that utilizes about 15% of the world’s energy supply. Perhaps, the integration of AI in HVAC systems such as heating, venting, and air-conditioning will make a Combining the HVAC huge impact and potential. simulation and AI will really create a game changer plan as it will save not only energy consumptions of Today, the use of AI in Atari 18

games, playing chess and other games is definitely taking over us. No wonder how its potentials can make a huge difference in HVAC systems. But the question that may be bothering you is, how? HVAC system is definitely vast, complex and considered as non-linear. Through the integration of HVAC AI algorithms, a large data spectrum will be able to build


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Within the next 5 to 10 years, electrical signals of HVAC systems will also shift to a branch of AI primarily through powerededge computers and will bring a faster processing closer to the data numerous scenario that caters the first on the list is energy. Significant source. The more HVAC field will best way to address a specific task. change will alter the energy demand be operated by computer processors No longer HVAC system will use of HVAC as the development of the more chances of power and simple formula-based response. renewable sources of energy such hardware consumption and cost as wind and solar will take over to decrease. It is a breakthrough and balance its consumption. proof of how possible it is for HVAC system to save billions through AI. In this way, significant variables will likely be saved and the 19


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Robotics in manufacturing AC & heaters will steal our jobs? In modern homes and contemporary buildings, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning or what is collectively known as the HVAC system is also an essential component of the structure nowadays. It is because the weather has become so unpredictable due to climate change. The lifespan of an HVAC system, more so, its efficiency and cost-effectiveness, is anchored on its regular maintenance. HVAC system cleaning contractors utilize a wide array of tools in carrying out a cleaning project and they employed highly trained technicians to do the job from inspection to the actual cleaning. To lessen indoor pollution and maintain a good indoor air quality, the major components of the HVAC system such as the air handling unit, supply ductwork, and the return ductwork/exhaust must be routinely checked. The maintenance of an HVAC system is banal yet routine; hence, it is imperative that HVAC professionals are equipped with both knowledge and skills to do the job. There are a lot of occupational risks and hazards that come with the job such as electrocution, getting burns, cuts, scrapes, and punctures, fatigue, asbestos exposure, falls, crushing 20

injuries, and other accidents as a result of safety violations. These catastrophic scenarios have prompted technological engineers to come up with equipment that could aid HVAC personnel if not, could potentially replace them. Robotics Design Inc. designed and manufactured ANATROLLER. With a built-in high definition rotating camera, this miniature maneuverable robot can inspect, brush, coat, and disinfect ducts. This technological development has indeed reduced the work-related perils that an HVAC professional can be exposed to in every cleaning project. Another noteworthy technological concept is machine learning which can be incorporated in the HVAC systems. Machine learning pertains to algorithms essential to modern programming. Forget artificial intelligence because it is a thing of the past. Machine learning centers in the idea that computer systems have the ability to learn or train with data without being scripted or programmed. The HVAC system is composed of a number of equipment and

configurations therefore, it is not hard to imagine how complex the integration of all those is. This is where machine learning steps in. By using all the HVAC data available for a particular building and treating it as an interrelated system, it is possible to identify patterns and relationships that even human ability cannot.


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HVACR attack A serious threat to security Buildings and other similar establishments have been blessed by the power of HVAC building automation systems (BAS). It saves a lot of energy for mechanical engineers to adjust and repair the ventilation and cooling systems. The use of digital controls is an advantage for many building engineers because microprocessors made controllers small and more powerful. BAS can monitor energy usage in electricity, water, gas or fuel. BAS is very helpful in business. Fastfood chains are said to be the first one to adapt this system because of the imbalance of temperature in the kitchen and customers’ dining area. It provides efficiency in controlling air-conditioning, heating comfort and process systems. BAS is networked to the internet or a standalone system where controllers can control the functions using their own internal processors. However, using BAS has also 22

disadvantages. Hackers can attack the system which can compromise information. The dedicated network of clients for BAS connection can be vulnerable to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. This attack intentionally paralyzes the computer system. Researchers have found out a new attack technique called “HVACker.” This technique allows attackers to send commands using temperature changes and convert it to binary code. HVACR BAS is also very helpful in hospitals as it maintains good indoor air quality and thermal condition suitable for the patients. However, if not secured, this HVAC system can cause a threat to patients’ security and safety. In 2009, a hospital security guard was arrested because of accessing the HVAC system and the personal information system of a Texas hospital. According to experts, manipulating the HVACR system can affect the condition of patients who are sensitive to changes in temperature.

If hospitals are targeted by these attacks, what more for government offices? Government data breach can cause worse scenarios such as election fraud or war. It can also disrupt government services and put trade systems at risk. HVACR system can become an open-door for intruders to penetrate into the system and they can easily hide as well to prevent detection. These attacks are detrimental and solutions are being offered by cybersecurity firms. You can avoid these HVACR attacks by being wise in choosing an outside service contractor and by maintaining secure data systems and practices. The company should also make sure that the building automation system is not connected to any sensitive information.


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University Of Hawai’i Maui College Aims To Be The First Campus With 100-percent Renewable Energy Generated On-site With Battery-enabled Self-supply niversity of Hawai’i (UH) announced that its Maui College campus will soon be among the first in the nation to generate 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) systems coupled with battery storage. The project is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Pacific Current that will also allow four UH community college campuses on O’ahu to significantly reduce their fossil fuel consumption.

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use of fossil fuel for energy by 98 percent, 97 percent, 74 percent and 70 percent, respectively. In 2015, Hawai’i became the first state in the country to make an unprecedented commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Concurrently, UH and the Hawai’i Legislature established a collective goal for the university system to be “net-zero” by January 1, 2035, meaning the system would produce as much renewable energy as it consumes across its campuses.

Of the ten campuses, UH Maui College is on target to be the first to supply 100 percent of its energy needs through renewable energy. The partnership between UH, Johnson Controls and Pacific Current is the second phase of a multi-year energy efficiency and renewable energy project. In phase one, energy efficiency measures were successfully implemented at UH Maui College and the O’ahu community college


campuses under energy performance contracts awarded to Johnson Controls in 2010. Phase two includes additional energy efficiency upgrades and the installation of on-site solar PV coupled with battery storage, allowing the five campuses to use the renewable generated energy as needed. The PV plus storage systems will be developed by Johnson Controls and owned by Hawai’i-based Pacific Current. The energy efficiency upgrades will also reduce the deferred maintenance backlog at these campuses by approximately $20 million. “With the implementation of phase two, these five UH campuses will have reduced fossil fuel energy consumption by ~14 GWh annually (45 percent) and added ~13 GWh renewable energy generation,” said UH Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton. “We are proud to

move the entire University of Hawai’i System closer to its net-zero energy mandate, to celebrate UH Maui College’s achievement and to position the O’ahu community college campuses within reach of 100 percent renewable energy generation.” Following the successful implementation of energy conservation measures across the campuses during phase one, phase two will bring the total on-site capacity to 2.8 MW of solar PV and 13.2 MWh of battery distributed energy storage at UH Maui College, and 7.7 MW of solar PV and 28.6 MWh of battery distributed energy storage to the UH Community Colleges O’ahu campuses. “Hawai’i’s leaders set the national example of sustainability and renewable

energy standards with the net-zero mandate by 2035 for UH, and we’re proud to partner with the university to help it reach that commitment and aim for UH Maui College to become the first campus in the U.S. to generate and store 100 percent renewable energy onsite, 16 years ahead of schedule,” said Rod Rushing, president, Building Solutions North America, Johnson Controls. Energy and infrastructure improvements at the five UH campuses involved in the project are scheduled to be completed by Q2 2019.

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“AI For A Better Life” LG Executives Outline New Vision For AI At IFA 2018 Opening Keynote CEO and CTO Deliver Joint Opening Keynote in Berlin, Detailing LG Artificial Intelligence Strategies for First Time utlining the strategic direction for the new era of artificial intelligence, LG Electronics (LG) Chief Executive Officer Jo Seong-jin and President & Chief Technology Officer Dr. I.P Park delivered the joint opening keynote address at IFA 2018.

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represents a significant milestone for the company, demonstrating how its commitment to staying at the forefront of AI development in the consumer electronics industry has earned it prominence in the world stage at Europe’s largest consumer electronics exhibition. Following the launch of the LG ThinQ earlier this year, LG has been focused on demonstrating the impact of its vibrant ecosystem embedded with a powerful AI solution based on LG’s open platform, open partnership and open connectivity strategy. CEO Jo, a 42-year LG veteran, led the keynote, emphasizing the company’s underlying drive to provide consumers with a better life, defining this as the increased availability of freer and smarter choices in everyday

living. He expressed his firm belief that advances in AI are key to presenting new possibilities for a better life. “Combined with edge computing and big data, as well as the ability to harness the enhanced connectivity of 5G, AI will bring each aspect of our lives into a seamless connected experience. Your home will know what kind of day you had in the office and will roll out the welcome mat by preparing the perfect environment for when you walk in the door,” said Mr. Jo. CTO Park took the stage next and explained three key pillars of artificial intelligence: Evolve, Connect and Open. With the overarching message that AI is more than innovation for the sake of innovation but is in fact the very meaning of Innovation for a Better Life, Dr. Park went on to illus-


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trate how these three key AI pillars will enhance our lives. The evolution of AI must be based on continually increasing communication with users, according to Dr. Park, who explained LG’s methodology for the development of core AI technology: First, the company’s focus on speech recognition, image recognition, biometric recognition and deep learning algorithms; second, the benefits of seamless connectivity offered through LG’s diverse product portfolio that make it possible to eliminate the traditional constraints of space and time; and third, the infinite potential offered through increased connectivity, using LG’s robot vacuum cleaner as an example. He concluded by highlighting the importance of an open AI ecosystem and explaining LG’s intuitive webOS operating system. The keynote also featured leading global AI experts, including renowned researcher Dr. Andrew Ng; Matthew Perry, Chairman of the Open

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Connectivity Foundation; Peter Kürpick, CTO of mapping technology firm HERE; and Kong Kyoung-chul, CEO of wearable robotics startup SG Robotics. These guest speakers were uniform in their support of LG’s vision for the future of AI. Messe Berlin Group executive vice president and IFA executive director Jens Heithecker commended the keynote, saying, “We were pleased to have LG open the event by discussing AI, the hottest technology in the consumer electronics industry. I believe that attendees share LG’s vision for technology built around a user-centered philosophy and hope visitors will have a chance to visit the LG booth.” LG will be showcasing its extensive lineup of consumer electronics and robots equipped with the latest AI technologies in the LG ThinQ zones in the LG booth, which together with the IFA opening keynote, further establish the company’s credentials as an AI leader around the world.

“Combined with edge computing and big data, as well as the ability to harness the enhanced connectivity of 5G, AI will bring each aspect of our lives into a seamless connected experience. “


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Toshiba Carrier Establishes New Joint Venture in India Toshiba Carrier Corporation announced its establishment of Toshiba Carrier Air-Conditioning India Private Ltd., a joint venture with United Technologies Corporation, in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. The new joint venture, incorporated on August 14, 2018 and headquartered in the premises of Toshiba India Private Ltd., allows Toshiba Carrier to localize planning, development, manufacturing and sales of its commercial air conditioning products, expanding its footprint in the country. Toshiba Carrier is an air-conditioning joint venture

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in Japan between Toshiba Corporation and Carrier, which is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX). he new joint venture was created to support strong demand for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) solutions. VRF is a form of commercial air conditioning for applications such as office building and condominiums. Driven by strong domestic demand from its population of approximately 1.3 billion, India is expected to continue a fast economic growth, as shown in its annual GDP growth at 7.4%*.

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World’s Largest Undersea Tunnel Stays Cool and Reduces Environmental Impact Eurotunnel’s sustainability efforts boosted with completion of new cooling system in landmark Channel Tunnel that delivers energy savings of at least 33% or 4.8GWh per year urotunnel today released official data demonstrating energy savings of 33 percent after the first season of operating a new cooling system for maintaining requisite temperatures in the landmark Channel Tunnel. The operator saved 4.8 GWh and approximately € 500,000 in 2017 courtesy of the new cooling system – equivalent to saving enough electricity to run 1,000 households.

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The newly released data from the operation of the new cooling system will dramatically boost Eurotunnel’s sustainability efforts which to date have been recognised with its fifth consecutive certification from the UK’s Carbon Trust Standard for a further 9% decrease of its carbon footprint in 20152016 compared to 2012-2013. “Eurotunnel’s commitment to environmental protection involves a number of initiatives. We saw the replacement of the Channel Tunnel cooling system as a chance to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint,” said François

Gauthey, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Getlink, Channel Tunnel owner. “This effort required installing a new cooling system—Europe’s largest—to maintain the Channel Tunnel at optimal ambient temperatures. Honeywell’s Solstice zd refrigerant, with its ultra-low GWP, and Trane’s chillers, which are already being used to cool large buildings and infrastructure, provided the best combination of features to help us meet our energy and environmental goals.” The Channel Tunnel connects

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The operator saved 4.8 GWh and approximately € 500,000 in 2017 courtesy of the new cooling system


Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom with Coquelles, Pas-deCalais, in northern France. Without round-the-clock cooling, the heat generated by high-speed trains passing through the tunnel under the English Channel would drive indoor temperatures above 35°C, which is the maximum that can be reached while still running services in optimal condition. The new system ensures that ambient temperatures stay at or around 25°C. The system contains four Series E™ CenTraVac™ large-capacity (2600 kW to 14,000 kW) chillers from Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services, and a brand of Ingersoll

Rand. These chillers are up to 10 percent more energy efficient than the next best chiller available in this tonnage. Two of the chillers have been operational in Sangatte, France, since 2016, and the remaining units at Shakespeare Cliff, U.K., have been operational since late October 2017. “The Series E is part of our EcoWise portfolio of products designed to lower environmental impact with next-generation, lowGWP refrigerants and high-efficiency operation – consistent with our company-wide commitment to introduce products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jose La Loggia, vice president and general

manager of Trane in Europe. “These chillers have been successfully used in various applications across Europe and have helped our customers to achieve operational savings while lowering their environmental footprint, without compromising safety, reliability and performance.” Solstice® zd is part of the Honeywell family of Solstice-branded products that enables customers to reduce their carbon footprint without sacrificing performance. It is a non-flammable refrigerant based on Honeywell’s hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology with a GWP of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than any other solution in the market. It is designed for centrifugal chillers, which are most often used to cool large buildings or infrastructure projects, as well as for Organic Rankine Cycle systems and high-temperature heat pumps. “Worldwide demand is growing for solutions like Solstice zd, which offer the best combination of features to help companies achieve their environmental goals. The use of our refrigerants to cool major structures like the Channel Tunnel in Europe demonstrates their easy adaptability to even the largest or most challenging cooling situations, all while providing energy savings, carbon reduction and regulatory compliance,” said Julien Soulet, Vice President and General Manager for Honeywell Fluorine Products in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are committed to helping industries transition to and adopt next-generation, lower-GWP solutions.” 33


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Carrier Celebrates New Local Entity in Sri Lanka Includes local sales and service teams, channel network

arrier is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new office and newly expanded product offering in Sri Lanka. Leveraging global expertise and an extensive portfolio, this newly formed entity will increase the accessibility of Carrier staff and services and the availability of our end-to-end air conditioning solutions, enabling shorter lead times and better customer service. Carrier Aircon Lanka Pvt Ltd is a fully owned subsidiary of United Technologies International Corporation Asia Pte Limited. Carrier,

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a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). “Carrier has been focused on Sri Lanka for some time and is now investing locally by launching full-fledged operations to serve its customers,” said Arun Bhatia, managing director, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, India Region. “Carrier’s philosophy over the years has been to offer the right heating, ventilating and air conditioning

(HVAC) solutions for the right applications, which ensures that our customers benefit over the complete life cycle of our products.” In Sri Lanka, Carrier will offer air conditioning products from two brands – Carrier and Toshiba, which operate through a joint venture. Carrier, the inventor of modern air conditioning, will bring world-class products, and Toshiba, the inventor of inverter air-conditioning technology, will offer top-of-the-line, high-quality products with Japanese technology.


“Customer care is one of the core values of Carrier and will remain a focus in Sri Lanka,” said Aditya Bharadwaj, who is leading the Sri Lanka operations. “In particular, we will bring the latest technologies in connected services, where HVAC equipment is connected to command centres.

The products and service offerings are differentiated based on customer segments and needs with a complete range available for residential, light commercial and commercial applications. Both brands will cater to all customer segments including commercial buildings, hotels, hospitals, residential projects, small offices, banks and retail shops. “We will offer top-of-the-line, superior quality products from Carrier and Toshiba in Sri Lanka,” said Farokh Madan, director, marketing, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, India. “All products will be fit for local use in Sri Lanka, while we bring Carrier’s global expertise in offering high-efficiency, advanced solutions for modern buildings.” “Customer care is one of the core values of Carrier and will remain a focus in Sri Lanka,” said Aditya Bharadwaj, who is leading the Sri Lanka operations. “In particular, we will bring the latest technologies in connected services, where HVAC equipment is connected to command centres. In addition, with the use of data analytics, we will offer enhanced services, in-

cluding prognostics, to deliver higher up time and energy optimization.” At Carrier, sustainability is a high priority and is incorporated into many of the products and services that will be available in Sri Lanka. Whether it’s reducing greenhouse gas impact, leading the phase-out of ozone-depleting refrigerants or introducing many of the world’s most energy-efficient building solutions, Carrier has led and been a part of green building movements across the globe. In fact, Carrier is the founding member of green building councils in countries across the world including the U.S., China, France, Argentina, India and Singapore, among others. On energy efficiency, we take a holistic view, looking at building-level energy efficiency rather than just for our equipment itself. We also assist customers with existing buildings with old HVAC equipment by conducting detailed audits and suggesting interventions that can reduce energy consumption substantially. The new Carrier office is located in the West Tower of the World Trade Center in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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ACCA Announces ANSI Review Period for Two Standards The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) announces the third public review of BSR/ACCA 15 OBD - 201x (On Board Diagnostic Codes for HVACR Equipment) and the second public review of BSR/ACCA 4 QM – 201x (Maintenance of Residential HVAC Systems).

he 45-day public review period of the On Board Diagnostic (OBD) Standard started on August 24, 2018 and will close on October 8, 2018. The OBD Standard details the naming schema for designating fault and performance codes for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment. As defined and used in this proposed Standard, the naming schema standardizes fault and performance codes based on Location (with a Modifier), Mode of Operation, Process, Operating Parameter, and Performance Descriptor. The schema accommodates operating faults and/or performance characteristics that are commonly identified by today’s equipment diagnostic capabilities, and that may need to be identified as enhanced sensors and

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controls are applied to future HVACR offerings. Additionally, this Standard provides for the incorporation of proprietary, manufacturer-specific information that individual manufacturers may choose to make available to field practitioners.

The 30-day public review of ACCA’s Quality Maintenance (QM) Standard also began on August 24, 2018 and will close on September 23. The QM Standard provides minimum requirements for the maintenance inspections performed by HVAC contractors for heating and air-conditioning equipment in residential buildings. The Standard includes checklist tasks for inspecting, testing, and measuring electrical, controls, mechanical, venting, air distribution, and piping

systems of residential HVAC systems. The checklists also provide recommended corrective actions which the HVAC contractor shall present to the homeowner to remedy identified faults like cleaning, adjusting, and/or replacing equipment and components on a periodic basis.

The American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) approval of ACCA manuals, procedures, and processes verifies that the principles of openness and due process have been followed in developing these materials, and that a consensus of those directly affected by the standards has been achieved. ACCA’s ANSI standards activity is overseen by our Standards Task Team, which forms subcommittees as needed to oversee specific standards development.


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United Technologies Acquires Predikto, Inc. Accelerates digital strategy with proven cloud-based, predictive health maintenance technology, tools and processes; delivers actionable insights to help customers forecast and improve asset reliability with greater certainty.

nited Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) today announced it has acquired Predikto, Inc., an Atlanta-based predictive analytics software company. Predikto is known for its proven cloud-based predictive health maintenance solution, which enables customers to forecast and improve asset reliability with greater certainty. The acquisition reinforces United Technologies’ global digital strategy to make strategic business investments that enhance the company’s ability to deliver new forms of value for our customers, employees and shareholders

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way forward as we deliver real customer value,” said Vince Campisi, Chief Digital Officer, United Technologies. “We are incredibly excited about this announcement and the future ahead together. By harnessing the best of our combined predictive analytics skillsets, we can better connect all critical assets, understand the reliability and health of our products and ultimately deliver an improved customer experience. Predikto’s capabilities will help us scale these efforts across United Technologies’ businesses with speed.” Predikto recently completed serval pilots with Pratt & Whitney specifically focused on commercial engines using preexisting data. Together, as a complement to Pratt & Whitney’s existing physics-based models, the models generated by Predikto identified factors related to unplanned engine events. When taken into account, these insights will further increase the predictability of future issues and inform the development of key product improvements. What would have taken engineers months to aggregate the data and create algorithms instead only took days for two data scientists to complete using the Predikto soft-

ware platform. “Predictive analytics and data science have the power to change the way today’s businesses run, especially in complex asset-intensive industries,” said Mario Montag, CEO, Predikto. “Predikto’s approach and technology has been demonstrated globally across the aviation, rail and shipping industries where unplanned downtime and unscheduled maintenance can be costly. There is great opportunity for additional applicability to many of United Technologies’ products and services. We are beyond excited to join the team and begin making an impact.” Mario Montag, Predikto CEO, will assume the role of Chief Data & Analytics Officer for United Technologies, driving the strategy and direction for United Technologies’ global data and analytics initiatives in support of the company’s businesses. Predikto will have a presence in Atlanta, Georgia, and Brooklyn, New York. The terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.


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Goettl Air Conditioning Named to 2018 Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in America HVAC firm ranks 1,786 on prestigious list of rapidly growing companies

oettl Air Conditioning, founded in 1939 and an iconic pioneer of cooled air technology, has been named to the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Companies in the U.S.

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HVAC industry entrepreneur Ken Goodrich acquired Goettl Air Conditioning in 2013 and has transformed the company into an industry leader and rapidly expanded its operations to include Tucson, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Southern California.

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Today, Goettl Air Conditioning is one of fastest growing HVAC companies in the U.S. and has grown its employee count from less than 100 to more than 417 and increased revenues by five-fold. Today, the HVAC company services more than 50,000 customers annually and has marked 400 percent growth over the past three years.

“This achievement puts you in rarefied company,” noted James Ledbetter, editor-in-chief at Inc. Magazine. “The elite group you’ve now joined has, over the years, included companies such as Microsoft, Timberland, Vizio, Intuit, Chobani, Oracle and Zappos. com.”

Since acquiring Goettl Air Conditioning five years ago, Goodrich and his management team have installed intensive systems and processes that guide employees through every step of the business. These innovative practices ensure customer satisfaction and efficient operations across all elements of the business.

“Our team has worked hard to make Goettl Air Conditioning the company it is today,” said Goodrich, Goettl Air Conditioning’s CEO. “We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to continuing to build the most innovative HVAC firm in the nation. At Goettl Air Conditioning, we do things the right way, not the easy way.”


Midea Wins IFA Product Technical Innovation Award 2018 for Outstanding and Innovative Product Design Midea, one of the world’s largest home appliance companies and Fortune Global 500 company has been honored with two IFA PTIA (IFA Product Technical Innovation Award) gold awards at the world renowned Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) show. ir X, the worlds most advanced air conditioner, received the Indoor Air Environment System Solution Gold Award in recognition of its groundbreaking use of innovative technology and artificial intelligence.

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In addition, Beverly’s water purification machine, a cutting-edge water solution that combines next generation digital capabilities with world leading filtration technology has won the Healthy Water Purification & Drinking Technology Gold Award. These two prestigious awards highlight Midea’s growing status as a global innovation powerhouse and demonstrate the company’s enduring commitment to innovation and record investments in R&D. “We are thrilled to have been honored with these awards,” said Brando Brandstaeter, Head of Global Brand & Communication at Midea. “These are globally renowned, prestigious awards that recognize design excellence and product ingenuity.” The IFA Product Technical Innovation Award 2018, created by International Data Group (IDG) and German Industry & Commerce Co., Ltd, is one of the most professional and authoritative platforms for international exchange, exhibition and cooperation

at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) show. The award, which is known for its multi-dimensional judging criteria and fierce competition, acknowledges Midea’s mission to provide exceptional products to consumers around the world. “Air pollution and water quality continue to rank as major concerns for consumers around the globe. With the launch of Air X and Beverly’s high-end water solution, users will be able to monitor their air and water quality, providing peace of mind and exceptional levels of comfort,” Mr. Brandstaeter concluded. Innovative products to make yourself at home The revolutionary Air X is the world’s first microclimate home air

conditioner and is set to redefine everything consumers have come to know about home air conditioning units. This ground-breaking, next generation air conditioner uses artificial intelligence and high precision sensors to adjust indoor air quality in five dimensions: temperature, humidity, airflow, purity and freshness. Whether users prefer a sultry, seaside breeze or the fresh, crisp air of the Alpine mountains, Air X can simulate and customize the climate to provide users with the ultimate indoor comfort. Beverly’s high-end water solutions combines industry leading technologies, offering users with an all-in-one water experience. Features include: automatic machine cleaning, independent temperature segment control, instant sterilization, with an ultra-long-lasting filter together with a touch screen control panel, meeting the needs of contemporary lifestyle and smart living philosophy.

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CEC Companies Headquarters Earns LEED Gold CEC Companies announced that it has earned LEED Gold® certification for its 35,000 square foot corporate headquarters located at 1275 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building rating and certification system of the U.S. Green Building Council.

n 2017, CEC Companies’ Facilities team, along with our development partners Merriman Anderson Architects and Brassfield & Gorrie, performed an initial LEED feasibility assessment of the building. Built in 2016, the facility includes office space, a pre-fabrication shop, fleet maintenance and warehousing space. The initial study highlighted energy efficiency and sustainability measures incorporated during the original building design, construction and operations phase, which correlated with LEED prerequisites and points.

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Additional LEED points required minor modification to existing infrastructure or process improvements to further a positive impact on the environment. CEC Companies’ LEED Gold® certification was awarded 61 points, just four points short of Platinum certification. “Earning LEED certification for our corporate headquarters is a milestone for our company and our

sustainability initiatives. The certification represents our company-wide commitment to reducing our energy footprint,” said Ray Waddell, Chief Executive Officer. “Additionally, CEC Companies’ commitment to development and usage of increasingly energy efficient processes and construction materials, demonstrated to the USGBC the benefits of CEC Companies’ commitment to sustainability extend beyond our corporate headquarters to the wider landscape of our customers’ energy consumption.”


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LG Doubles InstaView Refrigerator Lineup Just In Time For Labor Day Savings Deals 23 Models Feature Award-Winning Design, Smart Connectivity and Unparalleled Customization

G Electronics USA is doubling its award-winning line of LG InstaView™ Refrigerators in response to growing consumer demand, offering consumers even more ways to customize their kitchen with their choice of configuration and finish – including PrintProof™ matte black, as well as black stainless and traditional stainless steel. With 23 models rolling out nationwide this year – each featuring smart Wi-Fi connectivity with LG SmartThinQ™ – LG InstaView is now available at more than 16,000 retail floors and online nationwide at price points on select models as low as $1,999 during the Labor Day retail price promotion.*

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LG InstaView refrigerators – recognized for their iconic tinted glass panel in the door – allow users to knock twice to illuminate the interior and see inside to choose their favorite grab and go foods before opening the door. With options including SideBy-Side, French 3-Door and 4-Door models, along with counter-depth and standard-depth options, consumers can find the InstaView™ Door-inDoor® refrigerator that fits their kitchen perfectly. “We’re offering consumers even more exciting choices when it comes to designing their kitchen with LG’s fastest-growing feature for the kitchen – LG InstaView – proving that with LG there’s no need to compromise,”

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said David VanderWaal, senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA. “And consumers can shop with confidence knowing that LG home appliances are ranked highest when it comes to customer satisfaction.”** Available in various sizes, finishes and configurations, the expanded line of LG InstaView models provide an unparalleled level of customization and convenience for modern day families. In addition to the sleek InstaView

panel that illuminates with two quick knocks, the line features: LG Door-in-Door® technology to help organize everyday favorites and allows users to access often-used items without having to open the entire refrigerator, helping extend food freshness. Simply push a button on the door handle to release the magnetic seal and access the compartment. ENERGY STAR® certified LG InstaView Refrigerators also help consumers save


front-load washing machine, the 5.2 cubic foot mega capacity LG TurboWash™ washer with steam technology and LG SideKick™ pedestal washer is available for a savings of $400. LG 2018 Labor Day promotions are available through September 12 at participating LG retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit www.lg.com/us/promotions. “LG” and the LG logo are trademarks of LG Corp. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. *Prices, promotions and availability may vary by store and online. Prices subject to change without notice. Quantities are limited. Check with your local retailers for final price and availability.

energy because they are 20 percent more efficient than the federal minimum energy standard. PrintProof finish options: including matte black stainless steel, black stainless steel and stainless steel on select models. LG PrintProof is both fingerprint- and smudge-resistant finish – just easily wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth – for the ultimate in style and functionality. LG SmartThinQ: the LG SmartThinQ mobile app for Android and iOS allows users to operate LG smart appliances remotely. Always know if

the refrigerator door is open and never be caught unprepared by unexpected guests with the ability to make extra ice. For added convenience, SmartThinQ now responds to voice commands via Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. Beginning August 23, LG Electronics brings back the highly anticipated Labor Day deals offer with savings of up to 25 percent* on available LG InstaView models and up to $1,100 in savings on French door-in-door models. The savings continue into the laundry room, as LG’s largest capacity

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Trane Introduces New XStream™ RTHF G Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services, and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, introduces RTHF G, the newest addition in the XStream™ range of water-cooled screw chillers. The new design, now available in countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa, is part of the Ingersoll Rand EcoWise™ portfolio, designed to lower environmental impact with next-generation, low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and high-efficiency operation.

THF G units address the needs of building owners who want to increase the sustainability of their operations, while maintaining or improving capacity, efficiency and reliability with critical, large capacity cooling installations,” said Jose La Loggia, vice president and general manager of Trane in Europe. “We’re proud to continue offering customers new options for sustainability without sacrificing quality, reliability or performance. Our innovations are consistent with the Ingersoll Rand global Climate Commitment, which includes providing customers with products that help reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of refrigerants and provide lower global warming potential alternatives.”

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an alternative, cost-effective option for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, because the units operate with R-1234ze, a near zero GWP refrigerant. This makes Trane RTHF G units unique on the market today as the only chillers in this capacity range to operate with a near-zero GWP refrigerant, and deliver high seasonal efficiency, low installation footprint and stable part load control at all conditions. The new units feature the largest screw compressors on the market, which when used in a double circuit deliver capacity of up to 2700 kilowatts (kW) and benefit most commercial and industrial cooling applications that require maximum performance and sustainability within a limited installation space. The design of the XStream RTHF G offers reliable, high-efficiency performance with up to

6.3 Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) and up to 9.5 European Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (ESEER) with variable speed. The key differentiators of the new XStream RTHF G screw chillers include: -Dual circuit configuration in a market segment that could previously only use single circuit centrifugal chillers. Dual circuit configuration reduces refrigerant content per circuit and further increases reliability -Serial counterflow design compatible with the use of variable primary flow used for the first time in a screw compressor chiller and allowing for a greater efficiency.


ACCA Releases Flammable Refrigerant Technical Bulletin The Air Conditioning Contractors of America announces the release of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems Using Flammable A3 Refrigerants, a technical bulletin addressing challenges technicians encounter when working with these products.

his bulletin focuses on ASHRAE-designated “A3” refrigerants that are commonly found in refrigeration systems, walk-in coolers, food merchandisers and service cases, beverage dispensers, vending machines, ice makers, and water fountains. It addresses issues including safety, installation, start-up, maintenance, parts replacement, refrigerant leak checking, transportation of units, cleanliness, and decommissioning.

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The refrigerants specifically mentioned are R-290 (also known as propane), R-441A, R-600a (also known as isobutene), and R-1270. However, the Technical Bulletin applies to all “A3” refrigerants. As allowed by the U.S. EPA, these “A3” residential and commercial HVACR systems are small charge units; depending on the al-

lowed use, 57 – 300 grams maximum refrigerant charge. “Often, convenience stores, grocers, and other commercial outlets have great difficulty finding technicians who can service vending machines, beverage cases, and reach-in coolers because they use flammable refrigerants,” said Paul Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “It is important that contractors and technicians review this technical bulletin, not only for their safety, but also as an opportunity to expand their service offerings. By following guidelines in this ACCA product, contractors can confidently work on these systems.” Glenn Hourahan, P.E., ACCA senior vice president of engineering and technical accreditation, said, “ACCA is proud to lead the industry effort

addressing contractor and technician concerns regarding flammable refrigerants. This technical bulletin is the beginning of ACCA’s work to prepare the contracting industry to safely handle flammable refrigerants, ensuring consumers have peace of mind when purchasing systems that rely on these products.” The Technical Bulletin is available as a free PDF download for ACCA members at www.acca.org/ communities/community-home/ librarydocuments?LibraryKey=3461facf-6ded-4931-bde3-de0144b5dfa4 For more information, please contact Todd Washam, ACCA director of industry and external relations, at todd.washam@acca.org or 703-8248864.

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What to Consider in Creating the Best Engineering Resume Average employers take only 8-10 seconds to screen your resume—these tips are for engineers like you to land the job. Your resume is the best medium to advertise yourself. Those sheets of paper are your ticket for that dream engineering job. For this reason, resume writing is a crucial step you need to be good at. Through the years, professional resumes also evolve and reformat. And so, careful judgement is needed in both content and style—after all these two factors decide whether or not you’ll be shortlisted or not. Fortunately, these top resume tips can help you advance to the interview round.

INCLUDE YOUR MOST RELEVANT SKILLS The screening system that employers use matches your resume to a designated set of qualifications. Include keywords on your resume that match the job-specific skills the employer is seeking. You can find the skills and attributes the employer is looking for in the job posting.

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ADD NUMBERS TO QUANTIFY YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS The content of your resume reflects what you’ve accomplished at work as a professional. Adding numbers to your resume gives you an extra dose of credibility while creating an impression that you can bring concrete contribution back to the engineering firm you applied for. However, not all of your achievements will be quantifiable, but still many of them can be.

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The tone of voice and how a resume is written in terms of the style, font, layout and language is the will determine whether you are the better applicant. Depending on your personal and professional circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional, combination, or a targeted resume that best fits your skills, work experience, and educational background. CHOOSE A BASIC FONT

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You don’t want to complicate things when it’s the first meet-up. When writing a resume, it’s important to use a basic font that is easy to read, both for hiring engineers and for applicant management systems.

There are several simple fonts that will make your resume look clear while still leaving an impact. PUT YOUR MOST IMPORTANT AND RELEVANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS FIRST

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It’s important to prioritize the content of your resume so that your most important and relevant experience are listed first, with key accomplishments listed at the top of each position.

MOVE THE EDUCATION SECTION TO THE BOTTOM. Focus on your work experience (typically in reverse chronological order) then put your education and other information at the bottom of your resume. You don’t need to include high school or your GPA if


street address, city, state, and zip, phone number, and email address. If you have a LinkedIn profile or professional website or blog, include those links as well. ADD A PROFILE TO YOUR RESUME

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Objectives give a brief summary of your intentions and probable contributions to the company if ever you get hired. If you include an objective on your resume, it’s important to tailor it to match the job you are applying for. The more specific you are, the better chance you have of being considered for the job you are interested in or consider using a resume profile or summary, with or without a headline, instead.

it’s been a while since you graduated. Here’s when to take your GPA off your resume. USE BULLETS

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INCLUDE ALL (OR MOST OF) YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

After all the screening is done, it is pretty much obvious that the next step is to give you a call or send an email that you made it to the next round. Now, it’s important to include all your contact information on your resume so employers can easily get in touch with you. In most case, include your full name,

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Resume errors matter, and don’t think a spelling or grammatical error won’t get picked up. Unfortunately, the mistake will jump right off the page and get noticed. Grammarly is a terrific tool for making sure that your resume and cover letters are perfect.

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Managing is Not the Way, Engineers Need Coaching Seek opportunities to show you care. Engineers are tired of you managing them—learn the art of coaching.

2. TAKE TIME TO LIST THINGS DOWN.

4. SEND THEM IN TO YOUR OFFICE.

The engineering world is a stressful place to be in. More often than not, engineers lose their drive whenever they come across failures or difficulties in life. That is why, the smallest gestures often make the biggest difference inside the workplace.

Whenever in doubt or facing a bottleneck at hand, it is always good to stop and perform a self-assessment activity to realign. Through journal-based coaching, team members are prompted to list down successes, challenges as well as questions they need answers to. With this, lesser time is allotted while the engineering leader can take time to reflect and find better ways to motivate his members.

Nothing can be more frightening than being called up to go to your boss’ office. It is the stigma which is also present in any engineering firm that keeps the employees on their toes whenever summoned. But, imagine if you are to call out a team member and give him a 30-second worth of praise instead of scolding. It will set an extremely different culture within the firm that will sprout a friendlier connection between you as a leader and a coach to your subordinates.

Coaching is no longer considered a foreign tool in effective leadership—it has grown to become a staple to almost every organization that is headed to the path of success. In fact, it reflects to even more evidences of employee development and retention over the past years. But how come our engineering leaders forget to leverage on this skill if it has proven itself to be a worthy ally in terms of human resource investment? Sometimes, our engineers are too cooped up with the end goal in mind. The need to provide solutions to immediate company needs while keeping the team intact through constant management have created an image that operational imperatives and talent development are two separate tasks while in fact, both should be working together. So, in order to build innovative coaching habits and strategies internally, here are some tips for engineering leaders to consider.

1. SAY GOODBYE TO COACHING ONE-ON-ONES. A common misconception in coaching is the thought that everything should be done one-on-one. And when working in a very busy work environment, the fear of losing precious time dedicated to accomplishing pre-scheduled tasks can become a hindrance. So, forget about spending enormous time with each of your engineers and conduct coaching initiatives that will engage the team without compromising the operations timeline.

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3. HOLD-ON TO NONVERBAL COACHING. Not everything needs to be said, sometimes more appreciation is revered without the need to speak. Try sending letters of praises. A simple “job well done” written in a sticky note can meet a lot after a long day haul. It would take two to four minutes of your time, (less than what you need to solve a simple math equation) but it will give an impression that the firm promotes a positive and supportive environment for its engineering employees.

5. RECREATE THE COACH IN YOU. Let’s admit it. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try we cannot always balance everything up. That’s why we need a back-up. Train someone to be a junior coach to fill in with the coaching efforts you can no longer do. It can serve as a great succession tool to build internal leadership and retain top talent. With all those five tips, there ain’t no reason anymore to miss coaching a team’s coaching habit. Keep in mind that an engineering team is only as good as its members and no success is driven out of demotivated members.


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Avengers Are Closer To Engineers Than You Think We do have real world heroes—engineers bring innovative ideas to life and sacrifice so we can reap its rewards. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has without a doubt contributed handsomely to the very much thriving film industry that we now have. The franchise, through the emotional weight in each of the stories, as well as the visual effects and action sequences indeed, remained to be a top-notch producer of unparalleled entertainment every movie-goer commit to watch. But what really kept us from following Marvel is its concept of superheroes that always bring us back to that childhood nostalgia of wanting to become one. At times like these, you sit and ponder on what would you do if you were a superhero. What superpowers will you choose to save the world? But when you think about it, we do already have real life heroes. Engineers time and time again, have saved humanity from ruin. Like any other professionals, engineers contribute to global advancement that has shaped the way we live now in ways we can never imagine. So, who’s to say now that superheroes can never turn out to be real ones? In fact, here are extraordinary engineers who resemble your favorite Avenger characters clad with unique powers in real life.

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I R O N M A N / T O N Y S TA R K — T H E COMPUTER ENGINEER

Described as a genius, billionaire, playboy, and a philanthropist, Tony Stark best depicts an engineer with superb programming skills and command to computers to enumerate some. The hero called as the Iron Man, is also a master of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. With the current demand for the job, no wonder why this engineer has amassed enormous wealth while using his knowledge to help push the digital age forward. C A P TA I N A M E R I C A / S T E V E R O G ER — THE INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER

Renowned leader of the Avengers, hero Steve Rogers is perfect to become an effective industrial engineer. He is assumed to be the peak of human potential, therefore possesses enhanced strength, speed, reflexes, durability, and stamina which are all vital in any management scenario. With his shield, Cap can also eliminate wastefulness in production processes. A N T M A N / S C O T T L A N G —  T H E ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONICS ENGINEER

Overcoming his criminal past, Scott Lang who also happens to be an electrical engineer in his civil life, best represents electrical and electronics engineers alike.

The size-changing hero known as Ant-Man demonstrates how one should harness power, small or humongous in size into helping mankind with its daily lives. Electronics engineers are also proud designers of electronic components, software, and products for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications. THE HULK/DR. BRUCE BANNER — THE CHEMICAL ENGINEER

Though originally a nuclear physicist by profession, Dr. Bruce Banner a.k.a. The Hulk can also be a candidate for the position of a chemical engineer. Due to an unknown genetic factor in his body, the gamma radiation that hit him did not result to death, but instead altered his body chemistry: whenever he became angry, excited, or outraged, a startling metamorphosis would occur. Chemical engineers in a similar manner, develop and design chemical manufacturing processes. They apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. Heroes, be it in the movies or in the physical world are all normal until they found ways to acquire special abilities that help mankind. They persevere and wok hard to realize their purpose in life. So as a promising engineering, why don’t you?


Engineering Firms Must Have an Innovation Thesis Innovation should be a strategic lever for change. In fact, it should be the center of every organization—engineering firms are no exception.

Engineering firms who see and act upon the opportunities and possibilities for change through innovation in this volatile and uncertain environment will not only survive but will also successfully flourish amid fluctuating economic conditions. Although, finding the right idea demands awful lot of brainstorming and ideation workshops, the tedious process is guaranteed to be rewarded with increased organizational competitiveness, faster business growth and increased business value to continuously flow and flourish in this age of disruption. But how do you even end-up with “the idea”? Taking on innovation takes a lot of time in planning and demands to burn more resources to ensure high success rate. Random acts of innovation are not options to consider as they will surely not produce good returns. Sometimes, what is thought to be a good investment, if not founded on research can lead to the downfall of the entire organization. Thus, the need for a clear innovation thesis. In order to lead innovation successfully, every company needs clarity as to where the world is going and how they plan to use innovation to respond. This innovation thesis must revolve around the overall organization strategy. And in order for an engineering firm to develop its own innovation thesis, two things are needed to be considered. P O R T F O L I O A N A LY S I S The road to innovation is rather bumpy,

and in order for the firm to reach its destination successfully, it needs to become aware first of its current position in the industry. Review your products and services portfolio and decide which need to retire and what opportunities can be grabbed in the future. Determine key considerations for decline in customer/client satisfaction while identifying bottlenecks and pain points. BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT After looking internally at your organization, it’s time to look at the world around and observe how they react to present conditions. What key trends are emerging that are likely to impact the organization in the future? Are there visible threats that needs to be addressed? Take note of the customer landscape and identify whether change in preferences are present. When it comes to

technology, what are specific trends that may impact the business in the future? I N N O VAT I O N T H E S I S A S A WORKING EXPERIMENT At the end of the day, no matter what preparations are made, an innovation thesis will never provide a hundred percent success rate. It is viewed as an hypothesis, a working experiment that needs to be constantly developed in order for it to evolve and meet the demands of its target customers. Needless to say, engineering leaders need to regularly review its progress and refine the thesis. Pivots are necessary so that the investment don’t ultimately die. And with our innovation thesis in place, we can now start soliciting ideas from our teams. Nourish that innovative idea and propel your firm’s way to success.

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2018 Tech Related Jobs with Highest Income It is said that in order to make room for the new, the old has to go—learn about the best tech jobs out there before your current job disappears before you. Technology has grown intensely pervasive that it is already reshaping the way we live. Soon, robotics through massive automation may cause rapid increase in global unemployment. In fact, according to Oxford University 47% of jobs we presently have will be gone within the next 25 years. So why wait for the worst case to happen? If you are giving your career some consideration or you just like to be well-invested for the imminent future, here are the ten of the highest paying jobs in the tech industry for you.

10. Product Manager Starting our countdown at number 10 is the job made for people with great understanding of the concept of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and possess exceptional analytical and management skills. Product managers determine parameters around the product an engineering team builds, then leads the development of that product from conception to launch. AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY:

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9. Full Stack Developer Next on the list is a job on the look for people good at coding and scripting with skills on web development and database technologies. Full stack developers are ones who are well-versed in both front-end and back-end development. They design and build APIs using MEAN stack technologies. AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY:

$110,000. 8. Cloud Architect Be on the lookout for the job of a cloud architect; they deploy and oversee an

organization’s cloud computing strategy. Some of the skills and knowledge required by a cloud architect include knowledge on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure. AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY:

$118,000. 7. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Architect Still on the list are Artificial Intelligence (AI) architects. If you have solid programming skills and know Python, R, and Torch; interested in Machine Learning, Neural Networks, and Deep Learning, this might be the perfect fit


for you. They develop, manage and oversee AI initiatives within an organization. AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY:

$119,000. 6. DevOps Engineer DevOps engineer comes in at number six. Do you dig DevOps tools like Git and Jenkins? Interested to learn Linux or Unix system administration? Well, this is clearly the job meant for you. DevOps engineer is someone on the development team taking part in the deployment and network operations. They are responsible for designing and maintaining a deployment infrastructure, integrating cloud services so that processes can be automated. AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY:

$123,000.

5. Blockchain Engineer Moving forward, with very high demand in the current market, on number 5 is a fit for people interested with the technologies behind Ripple, R3, Etherium, and Bitcoin as well as consensus methodologies and the security protocol stacks, crypto libraries, and functions. A blockchain engineer specializes in developing and implementing architecture and solutions using blockchain technology. AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY:

$130,000. 4. Software Architect Are you a hardcore programmer with adept analytical skills? A software architect should be the perfect choice. Part of your job is to identify a customer’s requirements and perform handson work to develop prototypes. AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY:

$130,000. 3. Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Architect Third on the list is IoT solutions architect. In addition to strong programming skills, understanding of Machine Learning, and knowledge of hardware design and architecture is a must in this job. You will be responsible for

leading as well as participating in the activities around architecture and design, helping to develop an overall IoT ecosystem engagement while translating business needs into solution architecture requirements. AAVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY:

$133,000. 2. Big Data Architect Landing on second place are Big Data architects in-charge of planning and designing of the entire lifecycle of large-scale developments including deployments of Big Data applications. In order to be one, you must at least have an understanding on Hadoop, Spark, and NoSQL, as well as data warehousing technologies. AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY:

$140,000. 1. Data Scientist On top of the list is the job for people with insane skills in coding languages like Python and SAS. A data scientist analyzes and interprets complex data to help organizations make better and timelier decisions. He should be able to identify business issues and deliver appropriate solutions AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY:

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