Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32Meet Phillip Ozmun, an electrical engineer at INL Education background: Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Idaho Job description: I design electrical systems for new projects and facilities at INL. This includes power systems design and modeling, creating construction drawings and specifications, producing technical evaluations and concepts for new projects and modifications, and working with customers and shareholders to ensure project and facility requirements are met. What led you to become an electrical engineer? I was always interested in math and science in junior high and high school—and took all of those classes (trigonometry, geometry, algebra, calculus, physics, chemistry and other natural sciences). I was the kind of kid who liked to take things apart to see how they worked. It still amazes me how well math and science describe and explain the natural world. What do you love about your job? I really enjoy the work and the variety. It seems like every project is somewhat different, so I get to learn new things quite often. Due to the different sites across INL, it’s nice to see how different groups get work done and try to share lessons across a variety of groups. Why is your work important to INL’s mission and the world? I am part of the engineering services group that supports infrastructure and facility upgrades at INL. We support research and other lab groups by designing systems for new and existing facilities. What advice do you have for future electrical engineers? Develop a passion for learning. There are so many things to learn and understand in the world and so many tools available to help today’s students. Take as many math and science courses as you can, and if something sparks your interest, use the internet or other tools to learn more about your particular interests. I’d also stress the importance of learning to work in teams. Working with others to coordinate and share ideas, schedules and decisions will improve the outcome of a project because you’re able to draw upon each other’s unique strengths and talents. 11 $71,000 AVERAGE STARTING SALARY “I was the kind of kid who liked to take things apart to see how they worked.”