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Old 12-15-2013, 03:28 PM
 
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I recently got lucky and scored an interview as an Electrical Controls Engineer. This past May I graduated with a BSEE. I have no PLC experience, but I understand ladder logic and basic programming. The interview is scheduled to be all day. What kind of questions should I expect? What can I do to prepare for the interview? I have the job description if that would help. Thanks to everyone in advance.
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:36 PM
 
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Typically you are going to get a lot of "what if" and theoretical questions. As a new grad, most employers understand you don't know much. For example, "What do you know about HART protocols?" or "What DCS systems have you worked on?" are going to be worthless questions for you. Employers are looking at how your personality will mesh with their organization and if you are self-motivated to learn. A good thing to gleen out of the interview is if you like the company you are interviewing with. EE's are the tough engineers to get this year so I'm sure this isn't your only interview. All day interviews are long but think about it this way, your probably going to get 60k a year and have no real experience in what you are doing. They want to make sure you are going to pan out.

Entry level positions in engineering are still very much a learning experience. Corporate America has tried to speed this up with co-op programs, internships, ect. but there is simply too much stuff engineers learn OTJ and most of the time, engineering interns are too busy being on recruiting trips with HR or management to actually learn something.
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice. I'm preparing the best I can and looking over old subject materials.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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For some reason many clients are in love with the PLC. Is it the Allen Bradley or Modicon? The SLC simplified?
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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Typically, these are Allen Bradley systems but some companies like other manufacturers.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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I had the interview earlier today. The interview lasted the whole day(9am-4:30pm). I interviewed with seven managers in different parts of the company. At the end, I got an offer. Coincidentally, when I was at lunch with a couple of the guys at a Chinese restaurant, the message in my fortune cookie was, "Your talents will prove to be especially useful this week."
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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Congrats!!!
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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Congrats on the new job!
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:42 PM
 
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Congrats! Your hard work and actual technical skills paid off! =D
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:42 PM
 
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Thanks. I haven't accepted it. I have to let all of the information presented in the day soak in and look over the insurance package more in depth. Also, I have another interview at another company on Friday. The position is for a Application Engineer
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