Dialogue - Fall 2018

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An Electrician’s Guide to Evolving with Technology Dialogue A Publication of the Ontario Electrical League Issue 40-3 • Fall 2018


Submitted By: Virginia Pohler “W hy did you get into the trade?” I am asked this question quite frequently, as I’m not what most consider to be a “typical electrician”. For me, it was a rather pragmatic decision. I had been working in a factory as a production worker, doing the same boring thing 800 times a day. I found myself looking forward to the occasions when the machine I ran would break down. This meant something interesting would happen when the maintenance guys were deployed to troubleshoot and remedy the problem. I always found their job far more interesting than mine, so when I was laid off due to an economic slowdown, I took advantage of the retraining funding

Editorial Focus: TECHNOLOGY

1 Guide to Evolving with Technology 3 Chairman’s Message 3 President’s Message 4 Internet of Things in the Electrical Industry 6 Apps to Maintain Control and to Help you Save Time 8 Managing Employee Use of Cannabis 11 Hydro One: Moving to Mobile 12 Keeping Your Business Cyber Safe 14 Interviewing: How to do it Right 16 IR Thermal Imaging for the Contractor 19 Changes to the CE Code 2018 21 Members’ News

that involved creativity and problem solving, something that would challenge me and allow me to grow over the years. Looking back, I had no idea what I was getting into – but luckily for me, the electrical industry is not short on any of the things I was looking for in a career. I started my path in this industry in 2001 and have been amazed at the continued and rapid changes in the industry since then. Like many of you, I vaguely remember the time before everyone on the job had a cell phone and when having a “mic” on the job was a luxury. I remember the first time I used my new first-generation iPhone to help me troubleshoot problematic wiring in a motor starter, and how easy it was to snap some pictures to share with a colleague and discuss in real time. We now

available to me and enrolled in an industrial electronics program at Fanshawe College. REGARDLESS OF THE PROFESSION OR CAREER STAGE, I SEE SOME COMMONALITIES IN ALL OF US WHO HAVE CHOSEN A PROFESSION IN THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY. At the heart of my decision to pursue a career as an electrician was a desire to do something interesting withmy days, something TO ENSURE DELIVERY, MAINTAIN MEMBERSHIP! PUBLICATIONS MAILAGREEMENT No. 40032872

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