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Topic Title: Touching base
Topic Summary: been rather busy
Created On: 19 May 2017 12:22 PM
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 19 May 2017 12:22 PM
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I have a rare day in a silent home. Just wasted half of it in a deep sleep.

I've not been active on here for a while but there is light at the end of the tunnel. So I thought I ought to touch base apropos of nothing.

After developing myself away from the tools in favour of design I've been involved in checking the electrical installation of a big test area in the defence sector for the last 18 months. Up at 5 and home after 7. Straight to bed on most days or on google trying to find out about 24Volt ATEX from 1959 and things like that. Reading articles about 'the normalisation of deviation' and finding ways of criticising without being seen to criticise. Brutal hours. But that has suited me down to the ground because I get to fiddle around with the installation and report on what might need adjusting. At last I can look at a contactor or a relay with 15 cores coming out of it and know what it is supposed to be doing compared to what it actually is doing (which is invariably not right). We (my oppo from their company) and I are coming to the end of updating all their drawings and the entire installation has been modeled into the new Amtech update as an existing installation. Most interesting doing an Amtech backwards so to speak and it doesn't half show up some glitches. I recommend that for looking at troublesome installations, especially the output about temperatures which we often overlook. Makes you pull your hair out though. The new Amtech is not easy and I'm glad I kept the old version as well.

Anyway, that's been for Atkins as a contractor. I've been proud to wear their badge but it's been like doing my own thing really because they're not really into those of us who get our hands dirty. I'm not sure they really know what I've been doing. So I suppose it was to be expected when they announced they'd not be needing me when the project ended. Cried all the way home.

Personally, I think they're missing a trick. It's a huge place and is state of the Ark electrically. Cor did I find some stuff that needs attention in there.

So, the CV had to be updated. I'll be back on the tools for a while quite soon as a fill in. Got another church to rewire the heating in coming up. Cue little old ladies bringing lemon drizzle cake... I have though been approached direct and have landed a half decent job as a Commissioning Engineer with the company I've been mucking in with. So I'm going to work for them direct. 63 days off a year plus weekends, oh yes. How do they spin that? They're an odd bunch on that team so I ought to fit in quite well . I'll be checking that anything that has been switched off for a period of time is OK to go back on and the same for the new bits. I'll get to witness FAT testing of control panels too and look forward to learning about that and watching things getting blown up. Does that make me the fat controller? That'll take months to go through they say. Their wheels move so slowly that I think they are square. Earliest is going to be July but probably October. Let me know if you're stuck for a CAD operator for that drawing of your village hall and stuff. I might be able to help you out.

I'll be keeping my registration as an electrician. They have asked me to so that's nice.

I'm hoping for a bit of normality and some questions for you about how to wire up a fused spur in the next few weeks. I've probably forgotten loads.

Don't ever chuck your tools out - they're a great back-stop.

 19 May 2017 02:59 PM
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Well good luck with that Zs, change is as good as a rest you know!


 19 May 2017 04:52 PM
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Hi Zs,
I too haven't replied lately due to the fact for some reason the site does not like my mobile phone, but today I find myself holding my iPad whilst browsing, anyway sounds like you're really gaining some extra experience in specialised areas, helps keep the job interesting.

I have invested in amtech pro design 13 board version and was wondering if you do find the time and fancy talking me through maybe via Skype or something similar where you can see my screen you would really be helping me out big time, as I don't think there tech support is all its cracked up to be!!

Drop me a pm if you think you might be able to help, that goes for anyone on here that has sufficient experience using the software and has the free time to help an industry new comer.

Ps I've completed my first couple of electrical jobs and have my NIC EIC inspection coming in June!!
 19 May 2017 08:18 PM
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63 days holiday sounds good
Maybe the next CPD should be a compex course, I did mine many moons ago for hazardous area inspection, it was a good mix of practical and theory
Good luck
 20 May 2017 08:00 AM
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If you didn't sign as Zs, I would still know that it was Zs post! You bring a freshness to the forum that is very welcome and certainly something very much missed when you are not about!


Lyle Dunn

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