I'm now a trainee in a consulting firm , M&E consulting in construction field. As i'm going to graduate after another 10 months, i think now is really a good time for me to think about my future.
Wat i notice, electrical can be divided into few main area
1. construction line
as what i'm doing now ^,^ . from the company i working for (now 2 & 1/2 month of my 3 months industrial training period), related to the construction field, doesn't care is a school , commercial building , supermarket, houses, bangalow, etc, is all the same , just a little difference from technical spec of view.
so wat the electrical engineer really do ? we will do the tender, meet the client requirement , design the electrical distribution line in the building, argue with main contractor, makan minum with m&e contractor, follow up the tender and then "con" the client , submit all the doc to government departments such as tnb , telekom ( this is only the electrical part, there is another mechanical part about the Bomba, water isue ) and wait for their comments , and lastly, going to meeting for argue or being scold by ur client once in a week or two.
don't be afraid, is not much of work, and mostly is about how to communicate with people, and this communication part is the most important one, as we will always go for meeting or finding those authorities. While the technical part is not really big problem (this is wat i think =.='' ) , coz u can gain exp while u going through the project.
And this communication part (or may be to say as "serve people") is the most important part, becoz a project could be last for few years, and u may keep looking at the same people everytime u go for meeting.... so if u are not very "ngam" with that guys , or the guys working attitude are u will really
wat skill u nid :
1. Auto-cad (2-d only , draw some line and some legend )
2. Communication skill
3. Leadership (all m&e contractor under u , so u r the boss , must lead them to work together , or else u will DIE )
4. Techinical (always remember the ohm law , V=IR , other than that can learnt through exp)
5. Architect drawing plan (must learn !!! most important part as everything we do will base on it. but nvm , we will familiar with it after some time)
6. Driving skill (must have a car, other company i'm not sure, coz i'm working in a small company, my boss personally go submit those docs to the authorities, and u will always need to go for meeting and site inspection too.)
from wat i observed, AVERAGE (1.7k - 2k for newbie), but comparing to the workload u gone get
coz a accountant in my company asked me once, after graduating come back here to work, the salary she offered is 1.7k as i joking to ask for increment to 2k, she said she will consider
however if u lucky enough to get in those big companies, which the Intel offering 1st-class 3k+ ,and 2nd-class upper 2.8k+, not to mention the o&g field, this salary is LOW.
however, professional job of coz had it's own advantage. if u got exp in this m&e field, and getting the tittle like "Ir" , u can earn alot of $ . Such as my boss here, an Ir, rent a small office, tender a project worth multi-million, just imagine u get it , if oni 1% of the project sum charges, it would be ten of thousand.
correct me if i'm wrong thx
wanna ask anyone work in sales engineer ? how your work being done ? based on comission or salary based?
This post has been edited by kl87: Dec 9 2009, 10:53 AM
Electrical Engineer's scope of work