Matching Passion with Passion: Insight from a Future Leader of Waterpower

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Matching Passion with Passion: Insight from a Future Leader of Waterpower

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November 15, 2021

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Elliott Jackson, P.E., Electrical Engineer, HDR, and Chair of hjc黄金城手机版’s Future Leaders of Waterpower (FLOW)

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Matching Passion with Passion: Insight from a Future Leader of Waterpower

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Editor’s Note: Elliott Jackson is the chair of the new Future Leaders of Waterpower (FLOW) group organized by the National Hydropower Association (hjc黄金城手机版). Participation in FLOW is open to all – does not require hjc黄金城手机版 membership. The group meets virtually this week – Thursday, November 18, at 2 p.m. eastern. Contact marycella@airbornepets.com to join.

As a newer member of the hydropower industry, 我想知道为什么每一个水电大会或会议都有一个“准备银波”或“如何向年轻人推销水电”的会议.

To me, 为什么这个行业似乎很难招到年轻的工程师到黄金城hjc在线客服网址这个领域来,这完全是个谜——直到我参加了几次这样的讨论,发现招聘人员和经理们都很难吸引年轻人才的原因:短信.

我听人们说有必要讨论水电在可再生能源组合中的地位, 在太平洋西北部,水力发电占所有电力的80%, 甚至有人认为年轻人应该为了稳定而投身水电行业.

While there is merit to this approach, 我亲眼看到,如果公司想要雇佣有激情的年轻员工, you must match passion with passion. As a young person enthusiastic about our industry, 我想给那些想要培养和培养富有激情的年轻员工,让黄金城hjc在线客服网址的行业在未来40年里继续发展的同事们一些独特的见解.

My Personal Story

Six years ago, 我有一次在一个水电设计小组实习的机会,面试结束时被问及我对水电的了解. 我如实回答了除了在哥伦比亚河上钓鱼, I didn’t know much about hydropower at all. Thankfully, 这种无知的承认并没有阻止我获得实习经验, and 6 years later, I am still growing in a storied, diverse, and challenging industry.

我本可以在黄金城hjc在线客服网址这个行业的许多不同的公司实习, but thankfully this internship was special. 每一次我都在学习与我正在做的项目或任务相关的技术信息, 我身边还有很多其他员工,他们都在给我上hjc黄金城手机版水电的复杂性和细微差别的历史课. 我周围的人不仅是他们领域的专家,而且愿意教学, 但他们也为能站在黄金城hjc在线客服网址之前的工程师的肩膀上而感到自豪,这些工程师曾建造过单片结构和北美一些最大的发电站.

尽管花了两个暑假在这里实习,沉浸在所有的历史和技术知识中, 我自己也曾听过很多人在他们的“银发浪潮”演讲中讨论的一些问题. 我形成了一种“如果”或“草总是更绿”的心态,在我职业生涯的早期,我开始担心专注于一个行业.

So, after finishing my master’s degree, 我搬到全国各地,开始从事联邦和餐饮设施设计工作. All it took was a year and a half for me to realize my mistake. Day in and day out was the same conduit, lighting, and panel sizing for various “copy pasted” processing lines. 我的工作环境也不太好——考虑到我新公司的所有同事都想退出食品和饮料行业.

我从一份充满激情的专家的工作变成了一份满是想跳槽的人的工作.

就是在这个时候,我意识到如果我想在一个充满奉献精神的人的领域工作, 在最复杂的电力基础设施上解决一些最复杂的问题, hydropower was the industry for me. Since that time, 我回到水电行业已经快三年了,我无法想象自己还能从事其他任何工作.

Why It Matters

While this is just my personal story, 每个人在职业或专业领域中寻找的东西是不同的, I think it touches on subjects not commonly discussed within our industry.

Loyalty

很多人倾向于关注“千禧一代不忠诚”或“水力发电怎么能与风能或太阳能的新技术竞争?.虽然这两种说法可能都有道理,但也不是没有道理的.

千禧一代不像前几代人那样对公司忠诚,因为黄金城hjc在线客服网址已经经历了两次“一生只有一次”的经济衰退, and I’m only 27. We don’t easily believe we can afford to be loyal.

Mentoring

年轻的员工希望得到指导,即使黄金城hjc在线客服网址可能还不是黄金城hjc在线客服网址领域的专家, we’re valued and invested in.

Hydro’s Contribution to ‘New and Shiny’

As for competing with the shiny new technologies seen in other renewables, there’s an easy messaging fix for that too. 当大学生在高速公路上开车经过一个风力或太阳能发电厂时, they can see the new technology from the street. When you drive past a hydropower plant, you see some transmission lines and a wall of concrete; it’s difficult to see a lot of what makes hydropower interesting from far away unless you’re a structural engineer or transmission line designer.

The hydropower industry needs to get the message out that, while our technologies might be hidden behind feet of concrete, we have the largest and most complex machinery in the renewable sector.

In my case as an electrical engineer, 我必须在数百个风力涡轮机上工作,才能说我已经在波恩维尔大坝的一台发电机上工作了那么多马力.

Passionate and Personal

While most of what I’ve described is anecdotal, I hope it furthers the conversation we’re having within hydropower.

I believe that, as an industry, 黄金城hjc在线客服网址需要停止关注哪个标语对年轻人来说听起来最好,相反,黄金城hjc在线客服网址需要更好地传达什么让黄金城hjc在线客服网址有激情,以便最好地找到对同样的事情有激情的其他人.

We need to be more personal in our messaging, 证明黄金城hjc在线客服网址行业的新成员在水电方面比其他任何地方都有更好的指导机会, 并宣传水电工作的独特规模和复杂性.