THE STORY BEHIND ATI’S NEWEST PES!

ATI is pleased to announce that two of our Designers, Elliot Lee and Ramya Tipparaju have successfully completed and passed their Professional Engineering exams and are now newly licensed Engineers.

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) process is complex and takes several years. Attaining the license is an impressive achievement that indicates that the engineer is truly dedicated, skilled, and at the top of his/her profession. Plus, only a PE may prepare, sign, seal, and submit engineering plans and drawings to public agencies for approval.

The exam itself tests for competency in a particular engineering discipline. It is designed for engineers who have gained a minimum of four years’ post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline.

GET TO KNOW THEM

Elliot Lee, P.E. (featured left)

 

Elliot is our newly licensed mechanical engineer! After graduating from UCSD in 2015 with of Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering, Elliot joined ATI. Over the last several years, he has developed his skills in mechanical design and drafting while working hand-in-hand with ATI’s senior mechanical staff. He works on a variety of different types of HVAC and plumbing systems. Over the years, he has played an intricate role in developing schematic design drawings into high quality construction documents, responding to field questions, and coordinating with interdisciplinary trades.

Q. When did you know you wanted to be an engineer?

A. Growing up, both of my parents were environmental engineers. My sister is also a structural engineer. From an early age, I was predisposed to various engineering fields, which is where I gained my interest.

Q. What was the studying process like and what helped you get through the late nights?

A. Preparing for the exam was tough, and required a lot of diligence to stick to the study plan. The work I was doing at ATI on a day-to-day basis was helping me with my studying and vice versa. There was a strong nexus with my job duties and the topics I was studying for, so I enjoyed it.

Q. Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to be an engineer or anyone who is going through the license process at the moment?

A. With anything in life, you want to make sure you are doing what you enjoy. For those who are planning to take the exam, I recommend you take the time to fully understand the concepts and time yourself doing practice problems.

Ramya Tipparaju, P.E. (featured right) 

 

Ramya is our newly licensed electrical engineer! Ramya holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Pondicherry University in India. Prior to joining ATI, she had over 9 years of experience developing single line diagrams, area classification, load lists, and other design documents and performance calculations for existing plants and facilities, including: applications of generators, transformers, switchgear, motor controllers, viable frequency drives, and programmable controllers. Ramya’s diversified experience has been highlighted through her work in the Energy & Chemicals, Commercial, Healthcare, and Industrial market sections. She continues to hone her electrical design and drafting skills while working hand-in-hand with ATI’s senior electrical engineers.

Q. When did you know you wanted to be an engineer?

 A. I became an engineer by chance and not by choice. All my cousins who finished school took up electrical engineering and I was expected to follow in their footsteps. But I am so glad I did as I completely enjoy what I am doing now.

Q. What was the studying process like and what helped you get through the late nights?

 A. It was extremely hard for me to start studying for the exam with two little kids and a full time job. I owe a lot to my husband who was very supportive and encouraged me to study and take this exam. That was one of the motivations for me – that we, as a family do not want to undergo this drill again. When I got off work, I would go home and prepare dinner. I than ate and started studying while my husband took care of the kids and put them to bed. I usually studied until midnight and sometimes longer during weekends.

 Q. Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to be an engineer or anyone who is going through the license process at the moment?

 A. My first and most important piece of advice for anyone looking to continue their career in their core discipline which requires PE, is to start early. PE exam is like running a marathon. You cannot run 26 miles on day 1. You prepare yourself mentally first, then prepare your body, then start slow and pace up. Make yourself accountable for every step. I am so glad I passed this exam and I feel so relieved. Remember success tastes so sweet!

Please join us in congratulating Elliot and Ramya in their success!


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