Reuniting with Schneider Electric as a fresh graduate
I believe that fate brings us together, as people say it to their loved ones. Joining Schneider Electric as a fresh graduate was a unique and positive feeling. It has been a part of my college life when I was an intern in the Industrial Automation team, the same business where I am working now.
I reunited with Schneider Electric in January 2020 as a Product Application Engineer. During my interview with the country’s Vice President of Industrial Automation, I learned that the incumbent will join an overseas training program in Europe. I was very fortunate that this job gave me the opportunity to travel to Europe, my dream place to visit since I was a kid. I joined Schneider Electric on 10th January 2020 and since then, my exciting journey with overseas training began!
Training in Vienna, Austria: Danke Schöne Vienna!
The first part of the training was conducted at Schneider Electric Power Drives (SEPD) in Vienna, Austria. Vienna was an unforgettable experience since it was my first time traveling to Europe! From an exquisite hotel to the city’s mesmerizing architecture, I felt like I was seeing a whole new world. The national heritages are well preserved, and historical buildings still in perfect condition.
During the training, I learned the fundamentals of drives, from the complete structure control to the smallest core components of drives such as diodes, capacitors, insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBT). The trainers helped us to solidify our technical knowledge and showed us some exciting demonstrations. One of the most memorable moments was calculating the time for a fan’s braking and acceleration, using the regenerative drive to help on Thailand’s team project. It was an exciting process to identify the solution with my team members from Taiwan and Malaysia. After spending two weeks in Vienna, we then moved on to the next training in France.
Training in Pacy-sur-Eure, France: Merci Beaucoup France!
Pacy-sur-Eure, have you ever heard about it? It is a commune in Normandy which resides 5000 people where Schneider Toshiba Inverter Europe (STIE), our next training ground is located. STIE hosts important functions in Schneider Electric’s Drives business, where the R&D team, global offer marketing, future offer marketing, training center, and various drives demo bench.
At Pacy-sur-Eure, we learned about our Drives portfolio and its unique value proposition, features, and functions. It was my favorite moment working on the demo bench, especially the load sharing/client-server, booster pump, and hoisting!
During the first week, we visited Schneider Electric French HQ, Le Hive, in Paris. During the session with International Commercial Organization (ICO), we got to understand the Drives from a business point of view. Mr. Jean-Pascal Riss shared with us how marketing can derive insights and henceforth drive the strategy to grow our market successfully.
Making Friends and Connections
Besides acquiring technical and marketing knowledge, I am glad to have met colleagues from all around the world. I get to build connections through overseas training, with experts from the Drive business. In the space of a few weeks, all of us became close friends. We shared our experience in terms of work and personal, our career aspirations, and provided feedback to each other. During the weekends, we also traveled together to explore neighbouring cities in France and Belgium.
My life at Schneider has become an unforgettable part of my life. I am thankful to Schneider Electric for giving us the opportunity to expand our perspectives globally.
You could have the same opportunities at Schneider Electric, so what are you waiting for? Search opportunities and careers at www.se.com/careers. An overseas journey could be right at your fingertips!
About the Author:
Teddy Hadi Utama graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Currently, Teddy works at Schneider Electric Indonesia as a Product Application Engineer for variable speed drives and soft starters. Outside of work, he loves to play badminton, play computer games, watch movies, and travel.