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MY MENTOR SAVED MY JOB AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

Updated: Jul 15, 2020


CONTRIBUTING RE.ENGINEER

Shadrach Stephens


CHALLENGE

My first electrical project was to reconfigure a substation so that we could free up some manufacturing space on the plant floor and also add some additional electrical capacity.


I carefully took my cable length measurements, actually 2-3 times and even built in a 10% safety factor.


I proudly shared the design with my mentoring electrician and the first thing he said to me was “make sure that you have a 15 to 20% factor for the unknowns”. Back then, I was a hard headed, young buck engineer. I thought to myself, “why would I waste so much money on this extra factoring”?


But, my conscience wouldn’t let me be great! I decided to go with 15% extra.