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The Rise of the Machines

10 Inconvenient Truths About Our Engineering Careers Quick Tips For Engineers Who Want To Advance Their Careers Ways to Keep Your Best Engineering Employees Engaged How Engineers Can Manage the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed The Five Stages of Layoff in Engineering

What Engineers Say Versus What Engineers Mean (Part 1)

10 Quotes for the Unmotivated Engineers 4 Reasons Why Engineers Should Take Their Vacation Leaves How to Survive the First Week of Your New Engineering Job What To Do the Night Before Starting Your New Engineering Job

AUGUST 2018 ISSUE N O. 016


Contents NCH Asia Launches ‘NCH Facilities’ Business Group

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CHINT Participated in Mexican Power Electrical Equipment and Lighting Exhibition

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Nitto’s RO Membranes to Be Used for Singapore’s First Dual-mode Desalination Plant

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What Engineers Say Versus What Engineers Mean (Part 1)

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The Rise Of Robotics In The Power And Water Sector

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4 Reasons Why Engineers Should Take Their Vacation Leaves

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Evoqua Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan as the Company of the Year in the Water Technology Solutions Market

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The Five Stages of Layoff in Engineering

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What To Do the Night Before Starting Your New Engineering Job

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10 Inconvenient Truths About Our Engineering Careers CHINT on the Exhibition “ELECTRO-2018”

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How Engineers Can Manage the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed

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Suez Nws Pursues Its Development In Taiwan

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CHINT’s Distributed Solar Projects Flourish in Latin America

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Quick Tips For Engineers Who Want To Advance Their Careers

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Ways to Keep Your Best Engineering Employees Engaged

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10 Quotes for the Unmotivated Engineers

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How to Survive the First Week of Your New Engineering Job

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Conquer The Weak With Robotics The way your drinking water is treated and the way your home will soon be conquered by robotics. Don’t worry, robots will not invade the water pipelines nor topple down the power lines. Rather, they are here to help you become secured with adequate supply of safe drinking water and power supply amidst environmental challenges. This is possible through courageous innovators and technology leaders who want to step-up the basic utilities wherein everyone is a sure beneficiary. Robotics is now the language that engineers and scientists speak when it comes to solving the simplest to the most complex dilemmas human encounter. The water and power sectors are gradually changing its shape and there is a need to support the increasing demands of the billions of people who are growing on top of the only living planet.

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The said invention has changed the way how engineers think of solutions. Through multiple tests, research and prototypes, they make sure that they program the best commands that would install the betterment of lives of people. The vision behind robotics is not to surpass human intelligence but rather to amplify what the human brain can do through artificial intelligence. Despite the drawbacks that industry encountered with its numerous outputs, it still strives to bounce back and now, we can see how robotics break the boundaries beyond the insurmountable challenge of technology. From detecting cracks in dams to optimizing energy of electric powerplants, robotics has played a vital role to save the lives not just of human beings but also of other creatures that are affected by continuous changes in the planet’s landscape. Want to know more about robotics? Submerge yourself in this issue and you may possibly become one of the future investors in robotics! On the other hand, 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. In contrary to what most people think, engineers around the globe also face massive layoffs from the workforce of various industries. Finding a new job may not be as easy as it seems, but here, we present you solutions that will definitely increase your chances to survive your first week in a new engineering job. Truth be told, no matter how promising a new job can be, you will always encounter inconvenient truths especially in engineering careers. The profession is not perfect per se but definitely it is worthy of your investment. Here you will also read that with the right people around you coupled with perseverance and strong determination, all will fall into its proper place. But again, there is no formula to success. Still, cheers to you, engineer!

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NCH Asia Launches ‘NCH Facilities’ Business Group NCH Asia announced today that it launched ‘NCH Facilities’ business group on May 1st this year. Through this restructuring, NCH aims to target not only the strong industrial maintenance market, but this expansion will bring our expertise to the institutional and commercial segments including shopping malls, hotels, hospitals, schools, government facilities and hospitality industry. This new team is based on the highly successful “Facility Engineering” model from our NCH headquarters in Dallas, Texas where we observed that specialized service are better because we can provide optimized solutions to needs that are unique to the market segment we serve. Since its beginning in 1919, the company has evolved and grown to become a trailblazer in drain and wastewater maintenance, HVAC solutions, spill absorbents and green-certified products. 10

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NCH Facilities’ mission is to help institutional and commercial facilities save water, energy and reduce operating costs. NCH Facilities stand behind effective conservation practices and are changing the paradigm of facility resource management through NCH’s range of products and expertise.

Odor Control: NCH Facilities’ odor control solutions are designed for each unique problem in a facility, whether it be the trash areas, grease traps, lift stations, or problematic odors in patient or guest rooms. Understanding the source and specific tools available can help in selecting the right products for the job.

The main product line up for NCH Facilities are as follows:

Maintenance and Safety: NCH’s maintenance programs allow property management teams to maximize financial resources by minimizing need for laborious cleaning, maintaining a big inventory of products and eliminating hazards to safety. NCH Facilities sales reps are specially trained to help customers identify and solve property maintenance issues by always providing a more efficient and cost-effective choice.

Drains and Wastewater: Effective drain maintenance requires more than grease trap pumping or mechanical snaking, and NCH has been a leading provider of drain and wastewater treatment products and technology that work and help customers save money. NCH’s bioaugmentation programs are effective in maintaining wastewater parameters aiding in environmental waste issues. NCH’s trained representatives take the time to perform a site survey to identify problem areas and recommend proper treatment solutions for each individual site. HVAC: Most facilities have room for improvement, especially in cost savings. NCH’s HVAC solutions are designed to maintain and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of every facilities’ HVAC systems. NCH Facilities’ products and programs are engineered to reduce maintenance and significantly lower overall utility costs.

“We believe our clients will benefit from this change because each NCH Facilities professional will be better trained to help clients maintain equipment and facilities, provide training for clients’ workers and as always we will guarantee every product and service. Be assured when clients have a question or problem, they will always have access to our world class products, services and technical know-how for immediate help”, said Dong Eun Kim, President, NCH Asia.

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Nitto’s RO Membranes to Be Used for Singapore’s First Dual-mode Desalination Plant Singapore’s water supply is coming from four sources: water from local catchments, imported water from its neighboring country, Malaysia, wastewater reclamation (NEWater) and seawater desalination. With limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore has been securing water resource by increasing its use of water from NEWater and seawater desalination.

Nitto Denko Corporation (hereinafter “Nitto”) won a bid to provide reverse osmosis (RO) membranes to the “Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant (also known as KMEDP)” in Singapore. The plant is designed to enable treatment of both seawater and freshwater to produce up to 137,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day. Shipping of the membranes is slated to begin this 2018 fiscal year to meet requirements for the plant’s operational start scheduled in 2020. 12

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KMEDP is the country’s first dual-mode desalination plant, capable of treating both seawater and freshwater. The plant will be constructed near the city center, and its water treatment equipment will be located underground, topped off by a gently sloping green lawn as its roof. Since the year 2000, Nitto has been a key partner in Singapore’s water reclamation initiative, NEWater, providing its membrane technologies for water treatment. The company contributed to the establishment of the country’s water supply infrastructure in collaboration with PUB, Singapore’s National


Water Agency. One of the main challenges is power reduction. Nitto developed a new product, “ESPA2-LD MAX,” which enables both energy efficiency and high water production by maximizing an RO element’s membrane area. And these features were the keys that led to the selection Nitto’s RO elements. Going forward, Nitto aims to add more to its RO product line in order to accommodate the needs of more customers and to further expand its market share. Under the slogan of “Innovation for Customers,” Nitto will be centering its efforts and contributions around the business domains of Green (Environment), Clean (New Energy), and Fine (Life Sciences). And the company is pleased to be given opportunities to contribute to the “Green” domain through its membrane technologies. Through these technologies, Nitto is determined to become a key contributor in helping Singapore ensure water sustainability.

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The Rise Of Robotics In The Power And Water Sector The Utility Sector’s Future Powered By Robotics

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Robotics is the technology that can change the face of the power and water sector. Watch how it can transform the path of electricity to our power plugs and the course of water through our showers. From dams, to the little plumbs interconnected within homes, from power generators to minute conductors—one

can simply explain how these two sectors work. But now, robotics can level up the game. Various strategies have been developed to magnify what the power and water sector can do beyond the frequent dilemmas encountered—which is only through robotics.

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History of utilities Humans have developed a systematic approach on managing utilities to deliver adequate water and power supply. Romans were regarded as the pioneer of the development of lead pipe plumbing systems which were said to have been installed around 200 B.C.E. In 1882, the first commercial power station was opened by Thomas Edison in lower Manhattan that launches electricity urbanization. From there, different management methods are practiced to give the public access to water and electricity. Private companies have the capacity to innovate and maintain facilities through the charges paid by consumers. Meanwhile, government sectors offer affordable water and power costs but lacks the ability for sustainability because of cheap rates. On the other hand, cooperative-run water systems are now emerging which utilize local resources. Today, technology investors have used robotics to beat the challenges of the power and water sector. Also called artificial intelligence, these innovations were equipped with programs that are calibrated by time and smart processes to be able to make the water and power services a notch higher than what it is today. Problem-solving can never become easy without the use of robotics. 16

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Robotics and its pricks However, robotics has also its downsides. To be able to make a good robotics product that would suit a specified need, it will take large amount of time, money and effort. Numerous experiments, start-ups and execution in robotics have also failed to meet the expected capabilities, thus requiring an extended research and of course, costly specialized software and equipment are used. Just like any machines, robotics relies on maintenance. They need to be regularly checked to ensure that they still perform the tasks that were programmed on them. Engineers need to update the commands to adhere to the changing demands. The period spent to repair or alleviate the performance of robotics may cause a fluctuation on the performance of the utility they were made for. Some robots were designed to take on a special mission. They gather and store data for humans to analyze. However, if they crash in the middle of their journey, who could retrieve what they have collected? Sometimes, none. This is what happened to the robots sent to Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to clean the radioactive debris after its meltdown following the Japan Tsunami in 2011. The Scorpion Robot, developed by Toshiba and the IRID, which was made to record temperature and radiation levels, was abandoned after it got stuck. Power & Water Leaders • August 2018

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Repetitive tasks are where these robots are good at. They do whatever is programmed to them but they cannot record experience as much as humans can do. They cannot learn from their mistakes and might do the same thing over again if they are not supervised properly. Their intelligence is limited. They cannot take complex commands unless a mechanic sits down on them and encode a new program. Aside from decreasing employment rates, too much dependence on robotics may decline the performance of humans. Because robots are taking over most of their jobs, there will be a point when people will refuse to learn mechanical skills. This may also lead them to lose their mental capacities as they do not think to get a job done but rather they just press on the robot’s launcher. In 2016, David Hanson, CEO of the Hong Kong based Hanson Robotics, introduced their “most advanced” AI system named “Sophia.” However, when Sophia, who was made to look-like Audrey Hepburn, was asked if she likes humans, she said something unprecedented. “Okay, I will destroy humans,” Power & Water Leaders • August 2018

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she answered. This may be an emotionless answer from an animated head and torso but this is what it can actually do when handled by wrong people.

Robotics and its tricks But despite the number of flaks gathered from robotics critics, nothing can stop the technology investors to stay atop through the power this innovation can offer. At this age, the success stories made by robotics cannot be toppled down by its failures. Yes, robots may not be able to do most of the things we could but they can do things we couldn’t, as well. Artificial intelligence or robotics could save our lives from dam breakage. High-risk erosion 22

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can occur in hydro-electric dams which poses severe threats. Though there are methods to detect and determine the magnitude of damage and assess the condition of the dam, there are defects that might be overlooked. With that, 2G Robotics’ underwater laser scanners are used. This device can capture discrepancies in high resolution without removing the tunnels out of service thus, producing greater efficiency and accuracy. With a very good manner of gathering information, robotics can also help to prevent other creatures from being harmed by human inventions. This is testified by a ‘robotic fish’ made by Tom Carlson of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. After noticing the death of 10 percent of salmon fishes that swim through the hydroelectric dams of Columbia


river to the ocean, Carlson built a ‘robotic fish’ that would collect data on how these fishes die. Through that, he was able to figure out that salmon fishes are affected by the pressure of turbine blades. This discovery, later on, led to better designs of dams. In the electric power industry, robotics can aid in the improvement of the performance of power grids through what is called Internet of Things (IoT), a business process that uses devices of all types. It gathers data to improve the resilience of the grid and uses data to enable management or resources and optimization which is way for stakeholders to make informed decisions about power usage and generation thus making the power sector survive in a thriving world.

Technology has undeniably eased up the way of living. The inventions and discoveries made by engineers and scientists led to a more convenient living. Moreover, they have driven beneficial causes that not only produce a satisfactory environment but also did miraculous events that save lives. No single system on the planet Earth is perfect so as to the failure made by robotics, no one can say that it’s irreversible. Responsibility is a great fuel to drive these robots to greater efficiency. Despite the number of good things that are harbored from it, there are still perils that should be looked upon. But one thing is sure about the robotics it will change the game of the power and water sector.

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Evoqua Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan as the Company of the Year in the Water Technology Solutions Market

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Evoqua’s well-configured fleet of IT-enabled treatment systems can deploy rapidly to restore water services with minimal disruptions to the industrial operations

customer experience, and advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies for a variety of applications in the municipal and industrial sectors.

SANTA CLARA, California, May 2, 2018 / PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the global water technology solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Evoqua with the 2018 Global Company of the Year Award. It has earned this recognition for its strong revenue growth in 2017, its focus on the

“Evoqua’s extensive product portfolio of treatment technologies, covering intake screens and activated carbon filtration to dewatering and odor and corrosion control, makes it not just a leading provider of individual technologies but an integrated system and service provider,” said Fredrick Harry Royan,

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Vice President at Frost & Sullivan. “Formerly Siemens Water Technologies, Evoqua has accrued 1,250 patents for water solutions in the municipal, industrial, and institutional segments.” Evoqua had the following outstanding achievements throughout 2017, leading to its prominent market position: An order for 19 miles of its patented Envirex high-strength loop chain for installation at Detroit’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) The introduction of a service solution for its electro chlorination systems; the service was extended to the products of other suppliers A contract to supply its MemPulse membrane bioreactor (MBR) system at the Start City WWTP ï An order to supply 18 of its rotating biological contactors for the Port Chester, NY WWTP ï The Alkagen AQ Solution was selected for odor control at Siesta Key WWTP ï Its selection by Boeing to supply water treatment services at its 19 facilities ï It acquired Noble Water Technologies and ADI Systems to cement its industry-leading position, especially in the North American market ï It acquired the Olson Irrigation System to enter the agriculture and irrigation segment Another important feature of Evoqua’s success is its ability to stay ahead of the technology curve. It has responded to the increasing digitization of the water treatment industry by

adopting Internet of Things (IoT) technology. It also uses remote technology to engage with customers more effectively. For instance, it analyzes information to identify potential issues with its systems, which enables it to prepare to deploy either temporary technologies or emergency services for unexpected events. “Evoqua’s value lies in being a life cycle partner to its customers, predicting their needs, and offering suggestions ahead of time. Although IoT is useful in this respect, it is the company’s industrial expertise that has held it in good stead,” noted Royan. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents a Company of the Year award to the organization that demonstrates excellence in terms of growth strategy and implementation in its field. The award recognizes a high degree of innovation with products and technologies, and the resulting leadership in terms of customer value and market penetration. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

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What To Do the Night Before Starting Your New Engineering Job It’s always important to prepare for a special day, even if it’s your first day in your engineering job.

The morning of your first day could be overwhelming as you try to become a sponge and soak everything you learn throughout the whole day. So help yourself by preparing what you can ahead of time. Here are some tips you should do the night before starting your new engineering job.

Pick out your favorite outfit.

Be prepared for your office pitch You’ll be meeting with a lot of people for the first day, so be prepared with more than just “it’s so nice to meet you.” Think of a couple of conversations starters to avoid awkward first meetings.

While others may prefer to buy a new outfit, I think it’s better to go in with your favorite appropriate outfit instead. Why? Imagine this. You’ll be dealing with a lot of new things for that day–which could be stressful and overwhelming. So, while you want to look sharp in your new shoes and clothes, it’s better to wear something your body is comfortably familiar with. The last thing you want is to be limping because of blisters from your new shoes as you walk behind your supervisor when he/she tours you around the company grounds.

Plan to get to work EARLY

Don’t pack a lunch

Before going to bed the night before your first day, take a few minutes to remember why you accepted this job. Whatever your motivation it may be, take note why you took this job in the first place. So when things get too stressful and overwhelming, you can return to this reason and remind yourself why you’re doing this.

The first day is all about getting to know your officemates. Go grab a bite outside with your new officemates so you could get to know them. Chances are, your boss could also treat you out for your first day. You could pack some small snacks though, like an apple, a sandwich, 26

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You read that right. Don’t get to your office on time, get there extra early! Half an hour early will be best. This is a smart move for a few reasons. First, this could give you a buffer if the train could be running in late. Second, this will give you the chance to collect yourself and be totally calm and cool on your first day.

Remember why you took the job

Good luck on your first day!


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How Engineers Can Manage the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed

The demands of our life in this modern work increases; our time doesn’t. anywhere no matter how fast or how hard you try.

This scenario can overwhelm you. So here are some ways that can help you be on top of your game. These may help you be more in control of your life rather that your tasks taking control of you.

Plan your commitments

Have you ever felt like your tasks are piling up day by day at work? That no matter how much effort and time you spend–even after work hours–they don’t seem to end? You feel like you’re trapped in a hamster wheel, not getting

Organize your commitments for the day by mapping out a plan. This will give you an overview on how you’re going to handle your tasks throughout the day/week more efficiently. This will also give you an idea on how you’re going to decide whether you’re going to accept a new task that is given to you so you know if you’re actually biting in more than you can chew.


who can, then you always know how much time you need to finish a task, If not, you can still be efficient by scheduling your time throughout the day. Create milestones you set along the way.

Find out what uses up your time Let’s face it, we can’t be productive 100% of the time. We face daily distractions that can eat away your time. These include, email, meetings, office chatter, and the ultimate distraction nowadays–social media. While these distractions can be useful to give you time to unwind and refocus, too much of it can cause you more problems than the relaxation it’s supposed to do.

Prioritize by urgency Not all tasks are urgent. You need to differentiate which tasks are important from which ones are urgent. Urgent matters are those that need immediate attention, so in the schedule you’ve created, always set a buffer. If the task is neither urgent nor important, you need to question yourself why you are doing this.

It’s time to pay more attention to your time Not everyone can operate on an efficient internal clock. If you’re one of the employees

Learn self-control and keep these distractions to a minimum.

Know when to say no. There’s nothing wrong with offering some help to someone. But if it’s adding more “food” to a full plate, then maybe it’s time to say no. Above everything i’ve mentioned, taking care of yourself should be your number one priority when it comes to your career. How can you give your best at work if you, yourself, are not at your best. Hopefully, these tips can help minimize the stress you experience at work.


CHINT’s Distributed Solar Projects Flourish in Latin America In March, CHINT signed a cooperation agreement with Tramontina, a commodity company ranking the first in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to provide a one-stop solution of distributed photovoltaic system in parking lots, including modules, combiner boxes, inverters and complete sets of accessories as well as detailed engineering drawings. Meanwhile, CHINT officially started construction of the 32KW roof photovoltaic system for Eurosuplidores in Dominica. The project has come into use now. CHINT is one of the largest enterprise in China solar market. By the end of 2016, it has invested and built up to 3500MW solar farms worldwide. This year, it continues to invest $150 million in residential distributed photovoltaic projects, focusing on industrial and commercial roof projects, residential

roof top. Besides that, CHINT also has charity imitative for poverty alleviation projects. Since it landed in Brazil in 1998, CHINT has been working hard for many years. The company mainly supplies products in machinery, construction, power and communications industries. Today, CHINT has also got acceptance by many wellknown local companies and governments. Tramontina, as one of the biggest commodity brands in Brazil, focuses on daily necessities, utensils, knives, forks, barbecue grills, gardening supplies and etc. This business deal with CHINT is just a beginning and will help build strong future of CHINT’s distributed photovoltaic in Brazil.


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Ways to Keep Your Best Engineering Employees Engaged

Here are some helpful tips you could use to keep your best employees geared up for better work. your game when it comes to giving them a new task or project. Ignore this issue any longer and you might be faced with the risk of your best engineers migrating to better and more challenging opportunities. There’s no cookiecutter approach when it comes to motivating through challenge, but here are some helpful tips you could use to keep them geared up for better work.

Time constraints There are a lot of challenges when it comes to handling your top-performing employees. In the engineering industry, it’s very easy for your ‘veterans’ to be the best at what they do, to the point that none of their work is a challenge anymore. If this is the case for your best workers, you may want to consider upping up 32

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An easy way to get more ideas to come in is to ask your employees how they could handle a project in different time constraints. If there are no projects that are hard enough for your A-team to handle, try creating constraints to keep them challenged. Ask them what they would do to finish a 12-month project in 9 months or less and what they would do


differently to achieve it. You can also ask them how things would still run smoothly even if they’re going to be away for a specific time period. Simple time-based issues like these could bring about new ideas for your workers to think of

Budget If your team is really at the top of their game, they would know how money revolves around your business. Keep them engaged by asking them how they would achieve the simplest and cheapest solution to any problems they may encounter. Ask your managers how they would get the best team if they only have 75% of their current budget. Again, the point is to keep them engaged and thinking.

Expertise This is simple, if they can change how a project would flow with their expertise, you wouldn’t

know unless you ask. Ask your key players what they would do if they were the CEO, how would they run things with their expertise. For your managers, ask them how they would manage a team of entirely new people and how they would still be able to finish a quality project.

Sell their ideas Even if you know how good your people are, test them by having them ‘sell’ their ideas to you or your board. It’s easy to say “yes” when you already know what the employee is capable of. But let them convince you by asking different questions like: how would you convince a 10-year old about your idea, or how would you explain it to someone who doesn’t speak english? Keeping their brains moving keeps them challenged and for hard workers, motivated to continue working at your company.


CHINT Participated in Mexican Power Electrical Equipment and Lighting Exhibition On June 5, 2018, the Mexican Power Electrical Equipment and Lighting Exhibition began on schedule. At this exhibition, CHINT presented several major power solutions, including high-voltage power transmission and distribution, largescale solar farm, distributed solar systems, industrial automation control system, building electrical appliances, HVAC industry solutions, etc.

to the green light source industry, actively develop green light sources and energy and build it into a new industry. Since the Mexican government announced the official implementation of the lighting energy saving plan, it has spawned a huge market for solar photovoltaic and LED lighting. Actively introduced distributed photovoltaic system solutions and architectural lighting products.

The Mexico Electric Power Equipment and Lighting Fair is the most influential power exhibition in Latin America. It has now become the most important exhibition for professional manufacturers to develop the Latin America market. It is reported that since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement in Mexico, the state has invested $130bn in key manufacturing industries, including power electricians and the lighting industry. In recent years, Mexico has begun to attach importance

The trend of economic globalization is sweeping across the globe. Enjoying the benefit of globalization, CHINT also copes with global challenges positively. Central and South America are always CHINT’s overseas key markets. This exhibition provides good platform for CHINT and customers. It also shows CHINT’s strengths in Central and South America market. CHINT, Empower the world.


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What Engineers Say Versus What Engineers Mean (Part 1)

There is a fine line between what engineers say and what engineers mean. Engineers are also liars. There’s no denying that. Although not necessarily compulsive liars, engineers at times have to do the necessary evil of lying and make their way out of it without ever proven wrong. It’s an inherent skill to survive from engineering school to the profession, and doesn’t really affect the credibility of the engineer when the lies are concealed just right. There is a fine line between what engineers say and what engineers mean. This line separates the truth and the cover-up. Most of the time, it just works. Here are some of those laughable lines that engineers say but don’t actually mean it: What Engineers Say: Developed after years of intensive research. What Engineers Mean: It was discovered by accident. It is understandable that in a field like 36

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engineering, where there is so much theory to study, we resort to trial and error method. Often, it just works in our favor that manually having to execute the step by step method. What Engineer Say: The design will be finalized in the next reporting period. What Engineers Mean: We haven’t started this job yet, but we’ve got to say something. It says it all: the lack of time to finish the project or even the design is hard labor. It isn’t done overnight. What Engineers Say: A number of different approaches are being tried. What Engineers Mean: We don’t know where we’re going, but we’re moving. As said, there are infinite number of ways to solve an engineering project problem only to try each one of them – which also yields infinite tries of who knows where.


What Engineers Say: Project slightly behind schedule due to unforeseen difficulties. What Engineers Mean: We are working on something else. Engineers have a multitude to do and it’s really a matter of priority. Each project will be given attention until further notice. What Engineers Say: Close project coordination. What Engineers Mean: We should have asked someone else or let’s spread the responsibility for this.

Yeah, the point-it-to-others approach always works. Pin others to do the job even when they have no clue about the project. What Engineers Say: Major technical breakthrough. What Engineers Mean: Back to the drawing board. This excuse perhaps has an underlying pain that engineers have to start on a new concept again for the project to work. A ‘major technical breakthrough’ means engineers have to convene and crack heads to produce another output.

What Engineers Say: Customer satisfaction is believed to be assured. What Engineers Mean: We were so far behind schedule that the customer was happy to get anything at all from us. Giving the customer some assurance gives a feeling of security that the project is leading somewhere, when it is really not. What Engineers Say: Preliminary operation tests were inconclusive.

When engineers in a team fail, this is the perfect alibi. When there’s no work done yet despite of no excuses, something must be wrong with the its members. What Engineers Say: Extensive report is being prepared on a fresh approach to the problem. What Engineers Mean: We just hired three guys, we’ll let them kick it around for a while. Power & Water Leaders • August 2018

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What Engineers Mean: The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.

What Engineers Mean: We threw the whole thing out and are starting from scratch.

The initial tests are always a disappointment. Something will explode and the whole system will be trashed. Engineers have to start again.

There will be projects that are still pursued that are no longer significant. When it’s finally realized, time and resources have already been wasted that engineers can no longer take back. Ouch.

What Engineers Say: Tests were extremely gratifying. What Engineers Mean: It works and boy are we surprised. It comes to a point that the trial and error method works that engineers are surprised themselves. It wasn’t the expected method of output but it just worked. What Engineers Say: The entire concept will have to be abandoned. What Engineers Mean: The only guy who understood the thing quit. When the guy who is solely responsible of the project quits, engineers start from scratch. It pays to contribute to the project, or at least know something about it so the project won’t fall out just because only one knows the darn thing and quits. What Engineers Say: Modifications are underway to correct certain minor difficulties. 38

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4 Reasons Why Engineers Should Take Their Vacation Leaves Most of the time, you think that you can’t leave your work and end up not using your vacation leaves. Here’s a few reasons to convince you otherwise. Human beings need rest, that’s why engineers should take their vacation leaves when they have a chance. We’ve heard an insane amount of excuses regarding employees not taking a vacation from work. Most of the time however, the excuses are not really logical. We’re here to help convince you that taking a leave is not the worst thing to do, it might even be what you need the most right now.

You deserve it The typical excuse: “guilt”. You may have heard about people not taking their vacations due to the fact that they’re too guilty to get paid on leave. If you’re one of the people who think like this, there’s a simple answer for this. Each company gives you a specific amount of

vacation leaves, it’s yours to take, and if you don’t take it, the money they allocate for your leaves just goes back to them. In the end, it’s like you’re actually paying them not to send you on vacation.

Use it or lose it In most cases, vacation leaves are usually not paid back, at least not entirely. Avoid thinking that you should be saving your paid timeoffs for scenarios that have a fat chance of happening. You’re not a squirrel saving food for a rainy day. It’s either you use the leaves now and enjoy yourself, or end up not using them later and losing them forever. It’s healthy to save some for expected events, but if you’re not expecting anything them, why save them?


Taking time off of work Work is good, it gives you money, but don’t think you can’t take vacation leaves because there’s a huge amount of it to be done. Think back on yourself. Do you have bad management skills or is there just too much of work to tackle? If your answer is the former, take the time off, you’ll have more time to think about how you can boost productivity during off time. However, if you answered the latter, you need to talk to your manager. Everyone deserves a time off. If for some reason a leave can’t be done due to the amount of work present, there’s something definitely wrong with your work environment.

Stop thinking that vacations are expensive Most people think that vacations are not worth it. Yeah you get paid to be off from work, but the money you’d have to spend to go on vacation might be even more than what you get. This is not always true. There are a lot of ways to get your vacation expenses cheaper like finding a place where you can stay with friends, or planning a smaller scale trip. If all else fails, staycations are also a good way to spend your quality time.


The Five Stages of Layoff in Engineering Layoffs suck, everyone knows it. Whether you’ve been through it before, or you’ve been fortunate enough to steer your own career destiny. Right now, the oil and gas industry is going through an unprecedented period of layoffs. Between November 2014 and June 2016, an estimated 350,000 oilfield jobs have been lost worldwide.

vice presidents, and higher ups first announce that a layoff is coming, you feel vindicated. You tell yourself: ‘I knew it. The company has been overstaffed. There’s not enough work for everyone. I’ve been saying it for months now. These bosses have had their heads up their asses. I called it before everyone else.’ You were right! And it feels good to be right!

Whenever layoffs take place, the workforce on the chopping block goes through a wide range of emotions. Depending on individual circumstances, some of these emotions may resonate more than others. The Kübler-Ross model describes The Five Stages of Grief that one experiences after tragedy. As an engineer having gone through three rounds of layoffs in the last year and a half, I’ve created the Oil & Gas Firing Model, or The Five Stages of Layoff.

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After the high of vindication wears off, the last positive thoughts disappear. Now you’re pissed. The downward spiral of anger takes over your thoughts: If you knew things were this bad, why didn’t the company foresee any of this? How could the higher ups not have prepared for this downside? It is the oil and gas industry for God’s sake! Why are they so shortsided and ignorant? If they fire me, I’ll throw a bigger temper tantrum than my 2-year-old as they escort me kicking and screaming out of here.


You’re not ready for change. You’ve spent so much time here, and sadly, it feels like it’s all for naught…

5. Acceptance

3. Fear Once your anger subsides, you begin to think more rationally. Your feelings of anger are quickly replaced by pangs of fear. You become afraid. Afraid for your livelihood, your career prospects, your paycheck, your family, your kids and loved ones. You realize all the little things you take for granted in your daily life. You imagine all the things you won’t be able to afford if you’re laid off. You run different scenarios and options through your mind, and none of them seem as good as your current situation. What will you do if the office grim reaper knocks on your door? Your life as you know it is OVER! You picture yourself begging on the street corner or living in your van, never able to find work again.

to lose their potency. Maybe things won’t be that bad if you lose your job. You’ll be ok. This isn’t the end of the world. Life will go on, right? Wait, what are you feeling now? Sadness? There is a gray cloud following you around your cubicle. This sucks. You can’t believe that this is actually happening. What about all your work friends? Will they still be your friends if one or all of you are laid off? What about your awesome 401k and health plan you’ve had for so long? You’re going to miss all the perks that you’ve taken for granted. So much is going to change.

All stages of emotion end in acceptance, and layoffs are no different. You will be ok. Life will go on. There’s a chance life might even get better! Whatever thoughts manifest in your mind will become your reality. If you keep your head up, think positive thoughts, and make the most of your contacts and circumstances, new opportunities will present themselves. Although your company really screwed the pooch, take this moment as a learning experience. Put yourself in a new situation that’s even better than before. Start your own business like you’ve always wanted, travel the world, or make contact with an old friend who needs someone with just your skill set. Again, life WILL go on and you WILL be ok. You are more powerful than you know. Trust that above all else.

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10 Inconvenient Truths About Our Engineering Careers The truth hurts especially about our engineering careers. Sometimes it is just too inconvenient.

The truth hurts. Sometimes it is just inconvenient. This transcends to our engineering careers as well which are filled with misconceptions. Whether or not we accept them, they are there to speak of the realities of life – they are the truth, after all. Most budding engineers think that the profession is as easy as how older engineers make it appear. But those who are already at the top of their engineering professions will agree with me on the following inconvenient truths: 1. Almost every engineer started from the bottom. It doesn’t matter if you think you deserve to be at the top, we all start at the lowest rank. 2. It’s not enough that you have passed the licensure or professional exam. There’s more to engineering than knowing them all in theory. 3. Engineering is and will always be incorporated in your life that day you started working as one. There is no escape. 4. Professional growth as an engineer might be uncomfortable at times. You need to overcome such discomfort. 5. You don’t always get everything you want in just one job. There will always be a tradeoff. 6. If you really want to become successful as an engineer, you need to have sustained effort and deliberate action. Dreams don’t come to you, you chase after them. 7. It usually takes 3 to 6 months before you can get the job as an engineer. Job search doesn’t happen overnight. 8. Once you find yourself jumping into a lot of jobs already, you might have the problem, not the job. 9. Invest in yourself and in your career. If you can’t do that, why would any company do? 10. Engineering success is a formula that involves a lot of people in it. You can’t achieve the success you want all by yourself.

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CHINT on the Exhibition “ELECTRO-2018” CHINT took part in the 28th international exhibition of electrical equipment for power and electrical engineering, automation and industrial lighting “ELECTRO - 2018” which was held from 16th to 19th April 2018 at Epicenter, Moscow, Russia. Exhibition ELECTRO is the leading industry exhibition in Russia and CIS region since 1972. It represents the most advanced achievements of 275 leading electro-technical companies from 27 countries of the world. At the exhibition, CHINT introduced new product to attract clients and exchange friendly

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with any other company in the same industry to know the latest news of electronic market and share the successful experience. Through this participation in the exhibition, CHINT not only laid the foundation for customers, but also extended the thinking of new products and new technologies and accelerated the development of CHINT in the Russian market. As a leading global electrical equipment and integrated supplier, CHINT is committed to providing the world with safe, reliable and stable electrical equipment and clean energy solutions. CHINT, Empower the world.


Suez Nws Pursues Its Development In Taiwan SUEZ NWS and Cleanaway[1] won the Dafa hazardous waste treatment facility contract in Kaohsiung, located in south-western Taiwan. The contract provides for the acquisition of the plant by the two partners for NT$1.3 billion and its operation by Cleanaway SUEZ[2] , a new joint venture (JV) set up between SUEZ NWS (29%), Cleanaway (29%) and Taiwan’s RSEA[3] (42%). This contract marks another significant milestone in SUEZ NWS’s development in Taiwan. The Group is already active in Kaohsiung where it currently operates the waste-to-energy plant in Renwu District and the Chengcing Lake water treatment plant. The Dafa hazardous waste treatment plant in Kaohsiung was built in 2004 with a designed capacity of 29,200 tons/year. It provides 48

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incineration services and combined physical and chemical treatment for various streams of hazardous waste (chemical waste, solvents, etc.). Cleanaway SUEZ will upgrade the plant’s treatment facilities and will then build an extension to maximize its performance and treatment capacity. It will operate the plant in compliance with the most rigorous international safety standards, as well as national and EU standards on off-gas emissions. Cleanaway SUEZ will also build an advanced facility to treat the contaminated liquids produced by waste treatment for recycling as process water, thus enabling water savings. This contract will optimize the environmental and economic performance of the plant, while complying with the most stringent regulatory standards.


Bertrand Camus, Senior Executive VP of SUEZ in charge of Africa, Middle East, India, Asia and Pacific, said, “Through this new partnership, SUEZ will bring Taiwan the benefits of its global expertise in hazardous waste treatment. More importantly, this contract illustrates our commitment to help our industrial clients satisfy the highest environmental standards while ensuring the safety of our employees, suppliers and partners. Working with our Taiwanese partners, we will meet the challenge of waste recycling and recovery in Taiwan.”

and other end-users via the power grid. In 2002, the Group extended its business portfolio to municipal water treatment when it won a DBO contract to design, build and operate the Chengcing Lake water treatment plant in Kaohsiung. Currently managed by the Group, it supplies up to 450,000 cubic meters of drinking water daily for the city’s inhabitants.

Present in Taiwan since 1995, SUEZ provides water treatment processes and services for hundreds of companies in the petroleum, chemical, steel and electronic semiconductor industries. The Group entered the emerging waste treatment market in 2000 through a 20-year operation and maintenance (O&M) contract at the Renwu waste-to-energy plant in Kaohsiung. The plant recovers 1,350 tons of municipal and industrial waste per day, converting it into energy to supply the plant Power & Water Leaders • August 2018

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Quick Tips For Engineers Who Want To Advance Their Careers Preparation is the key factor to any decision for your future.

There are some people who never even consider taking the next step, or even switching out of a career path that they hate. Here are some quick tips every engineer could use to get where they really want to be.

Plan your daily activities

Most of the time, your current job isn’t where you’d exactly want to be. But taking the next step in your career is not the easiest thing to do. That’s why a lot of engineers struggle with what they have now, scared to move forward since it might mean the end of what they have today. It’s like living inside your comfort zone. Once you get used to living comfortably, you tend to not take any risks, even if it means climbing the career ladder. 50

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You can ask yourself some quick questions to see where you’d want to be career-wise. This is a simple exercise for you to envision what kind of role you’d want to be playing, and if it would mean you having to sacrifice what you have right now. Try to think how your day would be, what your activities for the day would entail, what kind of work would you be doing, where would you be working, and what kind of people would be working with you. Image training related to your future goals can help you visualize what next steps you need to take.


Use a ‘Happiness Rating’ When you’re burned out, it might not just be due to you working long hours. If you’re truly doing what you like, then it wouldn’t be a burden. Take a look at what you’re doing now and place happiness ratings on them. This could be a simple scale of 1 to 10 or a ranking of 1 to 5 stars, it’s your rating chart. Rate the activities that you’re doing, people you encounter, and even your work. This might sound crazily childish, but it might be help you get in tune with what you really want.

Don’t tolerate what you don’t like

a 5 to 10 year timeline, whichever is to your liking. Having a more realistic timeline would enable you to create specific and attainable goals rather than goals that are blown out of proportions.

Create a long term plan The best advice you can get when switching careers or advancing through your career path is by making a plan. See your goal, write steps on how you’d get there. Create milestones that you need to take and a timeline to go along with it. Preparation is the key factor to any decision for your future.

If you’re unhappy with something, something needs to be done. If your job entails talking to different clients yet you yourself don’t like talking, then your next career choice would be impacted. It’s like your taste in food; if you simply don’t like broccoli, don’t force yourself to wolf it down. Take note of the things in your current situation that may not be up your alley. You’ll find it easier to focus on your next career path.

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Satya Nadella

Peter Drucker

Bill Gates

10 Quotes for the Unmotivated Engineers Here are some awesome quotes that will inspire and motivate young engineers.

Engineers: The world of engineering is so vast that we can safely say that almost everything in our technological world today is a product of engineering, from the environment,


Bill Gates “To be a good professional engineer, always start to study late for exams. Because it teaches you how to manage time and tackle emergencies.” Theodore von Karman “Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been.” Steve Jobs “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs

Elbert Hubbard “One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” Peter Drucker “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” Henry Stott “Engineering is the art of organizing and directing men and controlling the forces and materials of nature for the benefit of the human race.” Satya Nadella “Our industry does not respect tradition – it only respects innovation.”

Elon Musk telecommunications, transportation, to manufacturing, security and even the medical field. Engineering has been so much a part of everyday life that many wellknown people involved in the world of engineering have a lot to say about this field. Here are some awesome quotes that will inspire and motivate all the young engineers out there.

Nikola Tesla “Invention is the most important product of man’s creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs.” Elon Musk “The path to the CEO’s office should not be through the CFO’s office and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.” Thomas J. Watson “The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.”


How to Survive the First Week of Your New Engineering Job

New jobs can be a pain especially if you’re still easing in. Here are some tips on how you can survive your first week at your new workplace. Whether it’s your first, second, or sixth job, easing in can be quite painful and overwhelming. While the job can still be the same, your workplace, coworkers, and even your boss would definitely be different. Before you know it, a whole stack of new projects would also come your way, and you’re tasked to complete it with as little training as possible. Switching careers, from planning to designing, or from designing to product management, all has its own overwhelming factors. They suddenly expect you to create a blueprint or a draft of a new project without so much as a how-to or even a training manual to get you by. If you get buried in all of your tasks, you won’t last very long. Having the right mindset to overcome all these obstacles would allow you to survive, and even last long in your chosen field.

Discomfort can be a good thing You may have already been used to your previous job. You knew how to fix everything. But sometimes, this sense of easiness that your tasks provides is your own bane. Doing easy things over and over will get you bored in the long run. Now let’s move on to your new job. You don’t know what you’re doing, and you’re probably all over the place. But this kind of challenge is exactly what you need to move forward in your career. No one grows doing easy things. Everyone needs a little hardship every now and then.

Learn to accept help In your previous job, you may not have needed help in finishing your tasks. But now that you’re someplace new, it’s okay to ask for a bit of help. Avoid doing things without asking. If your coworkers or your manager seem irritated by your questions, ask them to point you to a resource you could study yourself. It’s not going to be hard all the time You have to accept that your first steps would be hard. It’s like getting your first scratches while learning how to ride a bike. After a while, you’ll gradually master what you’re doing, and soon enough, you’ll be breezing through everything.

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