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Old 04-22-2013, 12:15 AM   #1
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RE: Philly Master's "Question" Thread


Hey all-

I've been away for a bit. Stopped in tonight and read the "Question" thread about the GFCI dilemma that Philly Master posed. I was surprised that the thread was locked/closed although the conversation did become somewhat toxic.

I am an electrical engineer however I never did get my PE license. I work in Chicago thus I have worked extensively with Local 9 and 134. I have spend a great deal of time in the field and I have learned many great things from electricians that have I worked with. I have NEVER treated an electrician as being inferior to me. Similarly, many of the electricians that I have worked with on multiple jobs appear to have respect for me as well.

I have had the opportunity to rack in 15KV breakers. I've had electricians show me how to bend 4" GRS on a hydraulic bender. I've actually done a couple 15KV Rachem terminations. I watched one of the last electricians in Michigan who is qualified to perform lead cable splices in action (in a manhole). I love this exposure. I love being taught how to install components of an electrical system. It makes me think about pull-box sizes, conduit sizes/bending limitations, etc. In the end, this experience helps me in how I design. But alas, I am not the best. I make mistakes and I am not perfect. But I try.

Point is, as an engineer, I do not foster any sort of "craft-racism." I personally love my relationships with the craftsmen, including electricians, carpenters, masons, tin knockers, iron workers, brickies. I've learned from all of them mostly because I engage them and ask them questions about their respective crafts. In the end, I love to learn.

I love the talent that contributes to this forum. I could try to list the obvious standouts by member name but I would accidentally skip some of you which would probably incite yet another riot, haha! From one engineer to the rest of you, I appreciate your craft, your talents and your experiences. Word!

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