Georgia Power Wins Award for Restoring Power to Puerto Rico

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Georgia Power Co., a subsidiary of PowerWright’s client, Southern Company, is being recognized by a national association of investor-owned electric companies for its contributions to power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico last year following Hurricane Maria.

The Atlanta-based utility is receiving the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Emergency Assistance Award for its help after the devastating Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico last September, leaving all of the island’s residents without power and damaging at least 80 percent of Puerto Rico’s energy grid.

Georgia Power was among the mainland U.S. utilities that provided mutual assistance to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

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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:

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.

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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


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.



You’ll Never Guess What The Most In Demand College Degree Is

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According to Joshua Wright, contributor for The most in demand college degree is not business, not medical, not computer science, but engineering. This study was conducted by

Engineering degrees continue to be the most in demand based on job growth, new hires and job posting activity. This can be seen here at PowerWright also with all of our new career openings.

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5 Best Apps For Engineers

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At PowerWright Technologies one of the things that makes us unique is that we’ve made a commitment to be a Green Company. With the new iPad being launched, there are a few apps every Engineer can use to make their lives a little easier.

At PowerWright one of our favorite note taking apps is GoodNotes. GoodNotes lets you take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. The handwritten notes are searchable and are created using a pioneering vector ink engine. Thanks to iCloud sync, your documents in GoodNotes will synchronize between your iPad and iPhone automatically.

Dropbox is a great app to keep all team members up-to-date, while providing immediate access to files and documents. DropBox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad, and the web. With Dropbox you’ll always have your important memories and work with you.

Bubbli is a great app to capture 3d images on location. Only bubbles capture the world the way we see it – as one whole seamless environment – Photos and videos aren’t enough. Use bubbli to recreate the view that’s all around you.

TurboViewer X is a DWG viewer that supports both 2-D and 3-D CAD DWG files. The app allows multi-touch navigation as you pan, zoom, and 3-D orbit around your DWG and DXF files. To view drawing files, you can send an e-mail with the DWG or DXF attachments directly to your iPad. Drawing files can also be viewed through FTP, Dropbox, iCloud, and other cloud-based storage systems.

Engineering Professional is an app that is a good reference tool for any engineering student as it combines over 650 formulas in chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, hydrology, and mechanical engineering that allow engineers to determine everything from calculations on shafts to calculation on loads on beams. In addition, there are 100 conversion formulas, as well as a section for determining area formulas.

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