Ever been caught in a project meeting and started to think -“what am I doing here?… I hope he/she doesn’t ask me a question. I wish I had found that training course in earthing!“
It’s a disconcerting feeling being ‘out of your depth’ or not even in the right ballpark. How are you going to save face?… I know, nod a few times in the right places and maybe ask an open question back, or better still, side-swipe it to a colleague; “what do you think, Stan?” – then run away and hope no-one notices. Did it work? Yes, phew! Great save…
Know the right stuff – training course in earthing
In today’s growing knowledge economy it pays to knows your stuff, right? A thought supported by the IET who say,
At first glance, competence may not appear to be an ethical value, but in fact engineers have a number of important ethical duties with regard to competence.
As a professional engineer, you have a duty to maintain your competence in your particular field. This means keeping up to date with technological developments and deepening and broadening your knowledge through continuing professional development.
According to some, our understanding of the world is traveling on an exponential curve, which means it can be tough for the individual and even tougher for a manager to keep up-to-date with all the latest thinking and standards (compliance) across all the various disciplines; let alone training courses in earthing. In fact, as humans, it could be argued that increasingly, we probably just can’t do it and deliver the professional work that pays the bills without something else having to give way.
There’s an adage that says; “Jack of all trades, master of none”. But ever get the feeling that in today’s world, sometimes it can feel like you have to do both? Whether you subscribe to the Jack of all trades philosophy or not, it’s true that acquiring good quality, useable knowledge, that you truly understand has value.
Why didn’t they teach this at college??
So, you may not need to master a discipline to the same level that a professor would, but having ‘enough’ underpinning knowledge to give you the confidence and ‘be comfortable’ with a topic can make a difference in the outcome of a project. Feeling secure with a topic can’t be underestimated – knowing the fundamentals can empower you to apply critical thinking without fear of looking foolish amongst peers. Be confident to ask an uncomfortable/inconvenient question and ultimately, get the right outcome for the project… and for you.
I happen to have tipped into my 50’s – and at six years old, I thought it could never happen to me … only my dad could reach that age… or so I thought! But during this lifetime of learning, I’ve yet to find a college, course or university that delivers the ‘useful’ knowledge in an engaging entertaining way for a training course in earthing, whilst allowing you to fit in the learning with other pressing commitments.
However, after many years of looking (and through personal experience)… I’m yet to find a course that is both engaging, fun and informative, so, last year I decided to take the plunge and develop a training course in earthing that tries to teach everything they DIDN’T teach you at college/university! (limited to earthing of course – I wouldn’t dream of covering ‘everything-everything’, that would be crazy). For my business, I’m constantly looking out for talented engineers, who can take our brand of engineering expertise to the next level – beyond the confines of industry standards and align with our mission of saving life. Developing a course that I’d be happy for my new starts to undertake as part of their development plan, was something that I had at the back of my mind when putting together the content for this course.
You be the judge – here’s a short snippet from hours of refreshing, entertaining course content that aims to provide you with a more intuitive route to understanding Earthing (or grounding) concepts, so that you can feel more confident when you’re next at that project review meeting or technical discussion – when discussions turn to earthing/grounding.
N.b. The first course in the series, “Introduction to Earthing”, will be released soon and is going to be available to the first limited 20 seats for pre-order from 1 August 2018.
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This post is written by Ian Griffiths, Principal Engineer at GreyMatters, an Earthing & Lightning Consultant of 27 years, one of the top 1% UKAS accredited CDEGS consultants and professional advisor to international utility companies, data centre and infrastructure developers.