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Qualus Launches Boot Camp Program to Prepare Electrical Engineers for Career Success

Qualus recently launched an Engineering Boot Camp program focused on protection and control design to provide comprehensive training for entry-level electrical engineers as they start their career in the utility industry.

After its first Boot Camp program in 2016, geared toward field services, Qualus has invested time and resources to launch a new program specifically for engineers. With support from its offices and employees, Qualus brings together different levels of expertise to contribute to the success of this eight-week training program.

“Each of our offices has a unique niche. This program has been designed to give engineers an in-depth look at the basic concepts in the relay industry early in their careers,” said Chris Salter, Director of Engineering in the Birmingham, AL office specializing in protection and control and substation design. “I had no idea what a relay was or what it looked like on my first day working as an engineer. This program gives a big picture view to start connecting the dots when you join the design team. It’s a starting point to understand what we do in and out of the office every day. A lot of what we do is abstract and this program gives you something tangible to look at.”

The training is held at headquarters in Lake Mary, FL as well as Lake Sumter State College (LSSC). Through this partnership, the participants have the opportunity to receive hands-on training. The training focuses on line protection and provides tools to build panels that contain the elements from protection and testing the relay scheme designs.

“Our vision is to prepare engineers and give them a good base to start with as they start their career in protection and control design for the utility industry. The Engineering Boot Camp is a great avenue for new engineers to get practical, hands-on experience in a controlled substation environment. Engineers will be able to develop long-lasting relationships with field services personnel and gain a deeper appreciation for construction, testing and commissioning,”