I wake up at 6.30am daily, have breakfast, walk the dog and leave for work.
I typically reach work at about 8.30am. I take this time to check and reply my emails as the office is still relatively quiet at this time. There is a light-hearted joke that engineers are better known for their technical craft than their communication skills. However, when there is an exchange between two non-native English parties, like between a German engineer and a Chinese engineer, I noticed they would still managed to understand each other.
I also check if I have any meetings, teleconferences or trainings scheduled for the day that I need to prepare for. Finally, I cannot forget about my cup of coffee – a vital component for me to kick-start my day.
This is the time for the daily morning department brief, where we update one another on each department and project status. Every engineer will also share his or her tasks for the day. This is when we discuss and address technical issues; for instance, any hardware impediments faced during project implementations, software glitches and unexpected client requirements. As my work experience broadens, I often find myself adding context to these discussions.
My engineering tasks include design, test, implementation and commissioning of electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) projects. EMC can be broken down into four parts – radiated emission (RE), conducted emission (CE), radiated susceptibility (RS) and conducted susceptibility (CS). I review the project technical requirements and devise a solution. Most EMC projects are related in one way or another so it is common to modify current project designs to fulfil new technical requirements. Although our engineers work individually on these projects, it is common practice to discuss our work and share ideas with one another, especially if we hit a roadblock.