Engineering Tomorrow’s Workforce

Change is the new norm. Electric and natural gas vehicles are on the rise. Renewable energy is no longer a rookie in the industry. Cities are becoming smarter. To keep pace with these frequent technological changes, companies, utilities and municipalities must adapt how traditional processes are addressed. But who will lead the charge?

Game-Changers. Next-Generation Engineers.

Amidst the flurry of new technology, customers are often left to decipher which technology to choose, how to implement it and how to evaluate its effects on business. A new breed has risen as an advocate for customers to succeed in this changing market: the next-generation engineer. Not to be confused with the latest graduation class entering the workforce, next-generation engineers are adaptive, business-savvy professionals who are embedded with their clients to see the big picture firsthand.

Abderrahmane (Abder) Elandaloussi, an electrical engineer at Burns & McDonnell, followed the next-generation engineer philosophy to California with a project for Southern California Edison. Dedicated to an innovative distribution project that only a handful of utilities have taken past the pilot stage, Elandaloussi has found himself developing skills he never anticipated.

“Right now, I’m dealing with statistics, and I never thought I’d use statistics to this extent in my life,” Elandaloussi says. “But here I am looking at complex models to analyze the system and results, and I really enjoy it.”

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