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Interview with Vikas Rai

Vikas Rai

Interview with Vikas Rai - Electrical Engineer

Who are you, what do you do?

I’m Vikas Rai, 26, graduate in electrical engineering, working for Schneider Electric located at Bangalore, India. Currently, I’m working as a design engineer for Motor control center

How did you get into Design/Application Engineering and when did you start?

I joined Schneider Electric in the year 2008, in a manufacturing plant located in Nashik, India. This plant is into manufacturing of LV panels/switchboards. I was fortunate enough to move into design department as a design engineer. My role was to prepare drawings for Motor Control Centre, Power Control Centre, Distribution Boards etc. inline with customer specifications.

What are you currently working on?

Currently I’m a part of Order engineering team supporting a manufacturing plant in Seneca, USA, in preparation of design drawings for Motor Control Centre as per customer specifications complying UL standards

Do you have any note-worthy engineering experiences?

Yeah, I’ve used many devices such as ACB, MCCB, Protective relays, contactors, drives (VFD’s), softstarters etc in my projects. I got to learn many things about these devices such as their functionalities, application etc

What are your favorite hardware tools that you use?

In designing, I use only software tools

What are your favorite software tools that you use?

I’ve used Autocad, Promis, E3 etc for preparing drawings

What is on your bookshelf?

None, because I hate books

Do you have any hobbies outside of work?

I love listening to music, watch movies & play cricket, football, table tennis

What direction do you see yourself heading in the next few years?

I want to be a project manager & handle a team that can execute a project from a scratch.

Is there anything you’d like to say to young people to encourage them to pursue Design/Application Engineering?

Anyone having interest in equipments can pursue this field as a carrier. I’m enjoying my work as a designer since I find it very exciting to play with electrical devices & I get to learn new concepts every day.

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