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Career Episode 2 on CDR Sample 2 for Electrical Engineer


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This career episode describes my engineering activity during my employment at Siemens. In this project, I was working as Senior Procurement Engineer I worked on Jebel Ali M Power Station Extension

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Project Title Jebel Ali M Power Station Extension
Dates for the Project 1st Feb 2015 to Present
Duration of the Activity 3 years and counting
Name of the Organization Siemens
Geographical Location where the experience was gained Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
My Role Senior Procurement Engineer (Electrical engineer)


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Siemens is known as the powerhouse of technology throughout the world. It has been giving services in engineering excellence, technology, innovation, reliability, creativity, and quality for more than 165 years. About an estimate, in 2016, Siemens has around 351,000 employees. It is the world’s largest producer of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies and is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions. Siemens is operating in more than 200 countries and is known as a pioneer in infrastructure solutions, automation, drive and software solutions for industry. Siemens generated revenues of €79.6 billion in Fiscal 2016. One of its regional offices is located in Dubai, which prepares tender projects for power plants in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. It also handles the onshore commodities for the ongoing projects.

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The main objective of this project was to satisfy and manage the increasing demand on electricity in the Emirate of Dubai. For this, a 700 MW was decided to be added to the Jebel Ali M Power Plant. The project needed to design, process, and construct the expansion of the Jebel Ali M Power Station, and for this we had to deliver and build a block of two SGT5-4000F gas turbines, two SGen5-1200A series generators, one SST5-4000 steam turbine, one 5Gen5-100A series generator, and two Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) in combined cycle operation in addition to the Balance of Plant equipment. Overall, the project needed Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Process operations. The project is about to add the 700 MW to the grid to fulfill the increasing demand for electricity in the Emirate of Dubai.

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Figure 1 below shows the complete hierarchy of the project, showing my role in red -

Electrical Engineer CDR report

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The principal role and responsibilities that I carried out as Senior Procurement Engineer during this project, included -

  • Handle the procurement of electrical systems needed for constructing the power plant. Such types of equipment were Main Power Transformers, Isolated Phase Bus Duct, Generator Circuit Breaker, Auxiliary Transformers, HV/MV/LV Cables, MV & LV Switchgears, Diesel Generators, Cable Support Structures, Protection and Synchronization, Batteries and Chargers, Lightning and Small Power, Communication and Security Systems and others.
  • Check the purchase requests to confirm the clarity of the specification and quantities.
  • Issue the Request for Quotation (RFQ) and follow up with vendors/suppliers to get the offers.
  • Review the received offers commercially and seek the technical evaluation from the Project Engineering Manager.
  • Conduct negotiations for all purchasing terms and conditions. Coordinate with the vendors/suppliers for the technical clarifications.
  • Prepare the price comparison sheet and define the selected supplier/vendor based on the total cost of ownership in coordination with the Project Engineering, Procurement, Commercial, and General Managers.
  • Prepare the final contract and send it to the selected supplier/vendor and got their acknowledgment.
  • Interfere with the supplier and project team to ensure a smooth execution of the contract.
  • Plan the project sourcing and procurement strategies and develop the project procurement schedule


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In the project, it was required to use Aluminum in the LV cables. But using Aluminum could lead to increased cross-section, connectivity issues and significantly increased space for the erection. To avoid all those issues, I used Copper in the LV cables because Copper cable had a less cross-section and better connectivity than Aluminum in addition to less space for the erection. I raised a technical change request to the customer and successfully, they didn’t have any issues with the request.

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In this project, I had to design LV cables and Security System. To design the LV cables and Fire alarm system, I was consulting with a designer.

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Following training sessions I took during the project.

Training/Workshop/Conferences/Courses Dates Duration Venue
Internal Kickoff meeting February 2015 One day Dubai
Weekly meetings with project team NA Weekly basis NA.
Update meetings with management NA Monthly basis NA
Clarifications meetings with suppliers or vendors. NA Continuous basis NA
Electrical Cables Training. June 2015 Siemens office, Dubai
Financial skills for non-financial professionals. October 2016 Siemens office, Riyadh

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During this project, I used a few standards of ISO, IEC, and NFPA during my project. Also, I applied my knowledge of engineering to solve the technical issues and optimize the design for cost saving.

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During the project, I took help from my project guide. I asked about the basic design principles for Low Voltage (LV) equipment, Electrical Cables Calculations, eBidding and eAuctions and Supplier Relationship Management. For many issues, I negotiated with the vendors/suppliers. I did strategic sourcing, technical clarifications with vendors/ suppliers and used frame agreements for contracts.

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While working on this project, I used many software tools during the project that included SAP for contracts, Click for Suppliers (C4S) for the registration and qualification of suppliers, New Costing Tool for uploading the calculated costs and SisyPro for material tracking of the project.

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I followed all the safety rules and regulations according to the policy of the company while working on this project. From the beginning of the project, the environmental health and safety measures were strictly advised by the customer to follow. That’s why we hired an EHS coordinator throughout the project in order to meet the customer’s requirement. This project was a construction site project, that’s why it required a few of precautions. I had to take measures for hazardous energy control. I took an electrical safety course for doing electrical work. I used to wear helmet, goggles, gloves and working suit, and I also advised workers to do the same. As the project needs working from a height, I took precautions for it to avoid any accidents. Driving and vehicle safety were also kept to have a sound and safe working environment. The machine guarding, signage, and safety interlocks were used.

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As a Senior Procurement Engineer, I was responsible for the handling of electrical material during the project. I had to handle the material from the request phase of the material to the delivery phase of the material. I used a few techniques to carry out the project effectively. I defined the problem, analyzed the cause of that problem, and then suggested some valuable ideas and appropriate solutions. Among all suggested solutions, I selected the best solution and implemented the corrective action in order to kick out the encountered problem.

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In this project, I didn’t have any members who were working under my supervision as I had to report directly to my functional manager. However, I was leading the vendors/ suppliers for managing and handling the purchases of material for the project according to the contract terms. I had strong and regular interaction with regional and global electrical commodity managers for the project sourcing and purchasing activities. I needed to prepare the Purchasing Manual, Purchasing Schedule, Project Sourcing Strategy and Project status Sheet-Electrical Commodity.

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I was working under the supervision of the project procurement manager and he was reporting to the project manager. That’s why I had to communicate with him almost daily. I also needed the cooperation of procurement management, general and commercial project management and engineering project management. I had weekly meetings with the project team to discuss the project’s progress. I had to meet with management once in a month to share the status of the project. My meetings with suppliers were scheduled according to the work of technical and commercial clarifications. I had daily contact with my functional manager, weekly meetings with the project manager and project team, and monthly meet-ups with higher management.

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During this project, I gained a professional experience by doing this project. I learned basic design principles for LV equipment which was used in power plants, time management skills, analytical thinking and problem-solving ways. I got to know the measuring of electrical cables. I learned about the strategic procurement and frame agreements. I had the concept of Supplier Relationship Management skills throughout the project.

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presented a presentation for the Purchasing Manual, Purchasing Schedule, Project Sourcing Strategy, and Project Status Sheet-Electrical Commodity. My main topics were purchasing status and schedule. Also, I introduced new strategies for purchasing that were Design to Cost, eAuction, Bundling, Supplier Day and Introduction of New Challengers. I arranged an open day for project team so they could gather the information and data regarding the project.

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The project is going well, according to the time schedule, and I am hoping that it will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018 as per the plan. The working of the project has been done so far is perfectly alright and effective.


[CE 2.20]

It is a good experience to do this project. I used my various skills and knowledge of engineering degree to complete the project’s activities. I successfully managed to secure the purchasing and delivery of all electrical materials that were required for the project. In some commodities, I managed to reduce the cost up to 17% less than the allocated budget. On the completion of this project, I and my team will be able to add 700 MW to the Jebel Ali M Power Plant.

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