PowerWright Goes FLEXible

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At PowerWright Technologies, we strive to be cutting-edge, not only with our services, but also with our company culture.

Work-life balance is one of the things we strive for most at PowerWright Technologies. We are client focused, quality driven, and team centered. We understand that each team member plays an integral role in our company. In addition to our monthly PowerWright office celebrations, we’ve decided to take our goal of creating work-life balance to new heights.

PowerWright Technologies is happy to announce two new programs: FLEXtime and FLEXdays. The goal of these new programs is to create a happier, more satisfying workplace by giving our team the ability to design their own work schedule as well as providing more days off in addition to their vacation days.

At PowerWright Technologies, we celebrate our differences. In fact, we thrive on them for the benefit of our employees, our clients, and our community.

This is just another added benefit of joining the PowerWright team. Interested in learning more about our career openings? Visit our Careers page

Supplier Diversity Is Good for Everyone, Here’s Why

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In a previous post we shared why diverse suppliers is good business. You can read that post here: https://powerwrighttech.com/strength-in-diversitylarge-corporations-find-working-with-minority-owned-firms-is-good-business/

As a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) we believe in bringing people together who share different perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. This is one of the many things that makes us unique as a full-service Engineering and Construction/Project Management firm. After over a decade of delivering value-added design solutions for electric utilities and other industries, we’ve learned that there is strength in diversity.

The proverbial “win-win” scenario can be an elusive goal in the business world, where, competition being what it is, someone’s gain is someone else’s loss.

But that’s not true in the world of supply chains. These networks of interdependent companies are becoming both more complex and more pervasive–it’s not uncommon for even the smallest of start-ups to forge critical supply-chain partnerships with other firms from Day One.

As they do, many are following the lead of large, long-established companies by ensuring that their supply chain networks are as diverse as possible. Simply put, that means looking for companies (typically, small companies) owned by veterans, women, people with disabilities, or others who have historically been underrepresented in the world of suppliers. It can also include efforts to tap suppliers who are based in economically disadvantaged regions of the country.

view the full article on Inc.com: http://www.inc.com/branded-content/lockheed-martin.html

Q&A with CEO on PowerWright Technologies Rebrand

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How has the identity of PowerWright changed over the past ten years?

 

Jaimie Wright: The redesign is the first major overhaul of PowerWright’s visual identity in ten years. This includes a reimagined logo, new website and packaging; all of which are a part of the larger brand evolution underway at PowerWright Technologies. The lion; emphasizes pride, strength and leadership which are at the core of our corporate culture. Our identity has been reengineered, while PowerWright still holds true to being client focused and quality driven.

 

PowerWright Technologies has expanded rapidly over the past decade. Under your leadership, PowerWright has become a leader in the Engineering and Construction Management space. Only yesterday the company announced a new partnership with Palm Beach State College, and expanded its services to a new area of engineering. What qualities do you look for in your leaders to take you in this new direction?

 

Jaimie Wright: I feel very proud to be able to work with some of the best Engineers in the industry. We like to think of our team at PowerWright as a family. Our leaders need to be collaborative, creative and adaptable, because that’s how this company continues to grow while holding true to our core.

 

Your new brand identity incorporates a cleaner, modern design. What was the design inspiration?

 

Jaimie Wright: The ten-year-old logo no longer reflected the direction of PowerWright. We have refreshed our logo to mirror who we are today and symbolize our dynamic future. We are proud of our history, which is why our new brand identity retains core elements including the color palette and slogan. Our business has grown and evolved, and we felt it was time for a change.

PowerWright Technologies Unveils a New Look

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This is an incredibly exciting year at PowerWright Technologies as we welcome a new logo, new team members and new partnerships.

PowerWright Technologies, unveiled a refreshed logo to build on the company’s legacy and demonstrate our commitment to providing client focused, quality driven results.

The new logo is a cleaner, modern design and the lion, the universal symbol for pride, strength and leadership uniquely emphasizes PowerWright’s standing in the engineering industry.

Starting today, you’ll see the new PowerWright Technologies logo being used prominently. The most visible showcase for the new logo is PowerWright Technologies website (PowerWrightTech.com), which features an in depth look into the company and its services.

 

PowerWright’s Team Building Activities That Your Employees Will Love Too

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Employees of successful companies must be able to work cohesively together. Team building is an essential part of that. The PowerWright team came together recently for an afternoon of fun  to participate in activities in which employees had to strategize, plan, and communicate with each other in various events. The teams were comprised of employees from different departments so that each group would be able to learn new ways to communicate with each other.

One activity of the day simulated the sending and receiving of communications. Details regarding a drawing were relayed from one employee to the next with the goal of duplicating the actual picture at the end of the line. See the winning drawing above!

Not only was the day an opportunity to enjoy the South Florida weather, but it was also an opportunity to teach employees about trust and communication. Being able to get away from the work place and build bonds with fellow employees helps the productive output inside the work place. The PowerWright team is now more focused and ready to work to their highest ability.

PowerWright joins the #ILookLikeAnEngineer movement

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What does an engineer look like?

A successful Twitter campaign called #ilooklikeanengineer has answered this question. A 22-year-old female engineer named Isis Winger who started this campaign is broadening the minds of what some people perceive an engineer should look like. There is a strong female influence in the engineering workforce and through the use of social media they are speaking out against the bias that surrounds them. In the midst of the girl-power movement that is happening for female engineers, we wanted to join the campaign and highlight our company’s female engineers to show how important their roles are here at PowerWright Technologies!

Stephanie Sullivan is a Protection and Control Engineer who is responsible for relaying, protection, and communication within and between substations. She also makes sure the wiring in the substations is connected properly. She recently worked on a project to replace capacitor banks and free standing CT’s for two substations.

 

Gertha Wesh is a Protection and Control Engineer who designs surveillance equipment for substations. She makes sure the cameras that are installed get every angle of the substation and that the placement of these cameras does not interfere with the cables that may be surrounding the substation. Every project she works on has different obstacles to overcome and she is responsible for coming up with the solutions to these obstacles.

 

Joeliz Mejia is an Engineer who has chosen the Project Management track.  She is currently a Project Manager for large P&C projects and manages our drafting and project support group. Joeliz was also the Project Manager for our 6 month new office build-out. Joeliz is seen here reviewing her team weekly staffing reports (paperless) with the president, Jaimie Wright.

Top 10 LinkedIn Do’s and Don’ts for Engineers

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Social media has become an everyday part of our lives. Many people wake up and check their social network notifications before checking email or even brushing their teeth. The question we face now is how can we use social media to complement our professional relationships, instead of simply using them to catch up with friends.

We’ve created the ultimate list of do’s and don’ts for every Engineer.

1. Do – Update your LinkedIn profile regularly.

You should check your LinkedIn page at least weekly to say connected to other industry professionals, stay on top of the latest news, and to check for new connection requests.

2. Don’t – Don’t use a casual picture for your LinkedIn profile image.

Remember LinkedIn, unlike the other social networks is there for professional use. Of course you can use to be social, but you want to make sure your first impression (your profile image) presents the same image you would want to present at a job interview or networking function.

3. Do – Send cold invitations.

Unlike cold emails or cold calls, it is 100% okay to send cold invitations to people you want to connect with on LinkedIn. Here’s our top tip: Instead of using the standard “I would like to add you to my professional network” try something like this:

“Hi _______, I read this article on you (or your company) and found it so intriguing how you (or your company) ________(what the article described in 5 words or less). It would be great to add you to my professional network.

All the best,

Your Name

Title”

4. Don’t – Get too personal.

You never want to get too personal on LinkedIn. Remember it’s the professional network. Before you share an update or story think to yourself “If my boss saw this, would it be well received?”

5. Do – Join groups.

LinkedIn groups are the best way to find and connect with likeminded industry professionals. You should join at least 3 groups and engage regularly. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, comment and submit your own content. These are the 3 ways to standout in LinkedIn groups.

6. Don’t –  Join too many groups.

There is such a thing as overdoing it. Joining too many groups pretty much guarantees that you won’t be engaged in any of them. Remember the rule of 3. Join at least 1 industry specific group, at least 1 regional based group, and at least 1 hobby related group. This way you can connect with other industry professionals that are nearby and share similar interests, which also makes for a great icebreaker.

7. Do – Share content.

We’re not suggesting you start an Engineering blog. We do suggest you stay active. If you find some really cool articles about your industry don’t be shy, share them. If you found it interesting, chances are someone in your network will too. We suggest sharing at least weekly. This is a sure way to become an influencer. Don’t know where to start? You can always share some of our latest blogs. We don’t mind.

8. Don’t – Accept any and all connection requests.

We like quality over quantity. Your connections should be in line with your professional goals. If you have thousands of irrelevant connections, that means you will more than likely see tons of irrelevant content in your news feed. You have a limited amount of time. It’s best to make it count. You can do this by combing through your connection requests and only accepting ones that are mission and vision aligned with your professional goals. Check the company, title and work experience of the person before simply hitting the accept button.

9. Do – Connect to Company’s page

Most companies have a LinkedIn company page. It’s a great way to connect with colleagues and learn about what’s going on in your company. You can share your company’s updates on your page, add comments and help spread the word about the latest and greatest happenings.

10. Don’t – Leave negative feedback.

This is a huge mistake. Employers and colleagues are always looking. Did you use to work at company X and your boss was any but pleasant? The last place you want to vent about it is on LinkedIn. It will reflect negatively on you and can also make your current look bad. When it comes to leaving negative feedback, even if you’re in a group and someone requests it, play it safe and don’t do it.

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5 Simple Yet Highly Effective Ways to Standout in the Engineering Field

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Have you ever looked at someone your industry being profiled in the news or maybe the same person just won another award the third time in a row. You think to yourself “I could do that.” Want to know the difference between you and them? They use these 5 tips to stand out.

1. Update Your Profile Regularly.

You’re probably thinking it’s easier said than done. Well it’s actually pretty simple. To become an influencer you simply need to have something to say that other people will want to share. Update your social networks with industry relevant content. Share the latest industry news, latest conferences coming up, the latest projects you’ve worked on. These are all great ways to showcase your expertise. This quick and easy tip will help you become the go-to person. It will also help you stay top-of-mind for the times when journalists need someone to profile. They are always looking for someone new.

2.  Submit a Guest Article.

Most of your favorite blogs accept guest posts. This is a great way to share your expertise and get in front of hundreds of people in your industry. Blogs are always seeking new and fresh content. Come up with 2-3 articles and send them to your favorite industry blogs. Once approved, you can showcase your article which automatically builds credibility and influence.

3. Submit to Speak at an industry Event

Every year there are hundreds of industry specific conferences. Each of these conferences have a Call for Speakers. Look up the conferences you attend regularly or would like to attend and submit your speaker paper. To ensure your selection follow these 3 tips 1) Have an intriguing seminar title 2) Be original and thought provoking about what your session will cover 3) Try to submit as soon as possible. The early bird gets the worm when it comes to speaker selection. It’s much easier to stand out when there are fewer submissions.

4. Volunteer/Become a Mentor

There’s no better feeling than giving back to your community. By becoming a mentor or teaching a STEM class at your local high school or nonprofit organization you can give back and also build your expert profile.

5. Take or Create a Course

Expand your skill set but signing up for a course on Coursera. Staying on top of trends in your industry will make you invaluable. Sign up for class, and share what you’ve learned. You can even take it a step further and become the teacher. There is no surer way to showcase your expertise than by teaching others how to do something.

5 Ways to Think Like An Engineer and Become the Go-To Person for Problem Solving

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Being an Engineer is more than just a profession. Engineers are professional problem solvers. It’s all in how you think and analyze the world around you. We’ve all heard that thinking like an Entrepreneur is best, but we’d argue that thinking like an Engineer is what will really take you to new heights. Here are 5 ways to think like an Engineer and become a problem solver in your career and everyday life.

1.Keep things simple

The first step to thinking like an Engineer is to keep things simple. The best design is the simplest design. Getting to the root of the problem is key. The more difficult is it to use, the more easily it will break. So before you attempt to make things complicated, think about the simplest way to create the best solution. The same principle applies to life and business. Be sure you not making things more complicated than they need to be. When troubleshooting, always think what’s the best way to solve this problem. Then, once you understand the best way to solve it, think about the simplest way to make that happen.

2. Be resourceful

Engineers understand that to every problem there is a solution. Some require creating a solution, others just require a new perspective to what is actually needed to reach the point of success. Either way it is understood you are never out of resources, just out of resourcefulness. To overcome this easily overlooked obstacle, how about testing out a new way of thinking. It’s easy to feel stuck, but Engineers are constantly thinking outside the box. They say the best ideas are born from trying to solve a problem we couldn’t agree more.

3. Calculate the risk

“The greater the risk, the greater the reward” -Unknown

This quote is one that many Entrepreneurs live by. Engineers see it differently. You can still have a great reward with calculated risks. We take in all the information, analyze all the data, anticipate cost, time, materials needed, and so on; before making big decisions. Understanding what is at stake, doesn’t minimize the reward. In fact, we’d argue understanding what is at stake makes the reward that much greater.

4. Reverse-Engineer

Becoming an Engineer boils down to one thing – Curiosity. We are curious about how stuff works. It can be illustrated in the early stages by the desire to break things apart, only to put it back together. Some may see it as nerdy. This is a term nearly every Engineer has heard at least one time in their life, but we see it as brilliance. Curiosity is the one thing that never goes out of style. The need for understanding is a strong tool that more people should embrace. Get to the solution by understanding where the problem was first created. You will always see a trend, the problem didn’t just arise. It was a slow series of events. Reverse Engineer or work backwards to see where the problem began. This helps guarantee that your new design doesn’t have the same issue(s) as the initial design.

5. Never Be Afraid To Ask Questions

Engineering is all about asking questions to best understand the desired outcome. It takes the guesswork out of the equation. Too often, people are afraid to ask the necessary questions, or even worse don’t know what questions to ask. Questions are another tool in the engineering tool belt. Asking questions now leads to fewer assumptions later. Fewer assumptions later, lead to better results. Better results lead to fewer reoccurring issues later. Fewer reoccurring issues later lead to peace of mind.

 

 

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