On April 7, 2022, the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Brac University Student Branch Chapter organized a seminar titled ‘Job Opportunities in the Power Sector.’ The goal of this lecture was to look at prior work opportunities as well as the future. The session was designed to be advantageous to anyone who has recently graduated or is about to graduate.

The workshop was conducted by Md. Robiul Islam Sarkar, an alumnus of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He is an Executive Engineer for Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC). He has over 10 years of experience working in the power sector and talked in brief about his journey in the professional field.

The speaker proceeded by outlining the three segments of the electricity industry: generation, transmission, and distribution. Bangladesh is striving to achieve several critical objectives in terms of power distribution. The following are some of the speaker’s key objectives:

  • Increasing the electricity generation capacity to about 40,000MW by 2030
  • Decreasing system loss
  • Increasing manpower

We also observed that in most nations, per capita power consumption is expanding and exceeding GDP in terms of monetary means.

In terms of shared generation capacity, the private and public sectors were practically identical half a decade ago, while imported power was as low as 5%. However, it is expected that the public sector will provide the majority of the power soon. Imported power will help compensate a modest percentage, while power from the private sector will be insignificant. As the public sector generates the majority of the power, this indicates that job prospects in the public sector will increase. In terms of innovation, while technology has dramatically increased, the investment required for generation transmission, and distribution will be half of what it is now in the next 20 years, yet generation, transmission, and distribution will all increase. Bangladesh’s general situation is expected to drastically improve, implying that more and more work possibilities will become available. The demand for professionals in the Power Sector serves a plethora of opportunities.

To address the inquiry regarding the preparations for the examinations that candidates need to face to get into the power sector, the speaker laid out an extensive plan of action. Our lecturer was gracious enough to demonstrate to the audience the question pattern and a broad breakdown of the amplitude test, which is needed by every candidate seeking employment in the power industry (required for the public sector). This is divided into two parts: a technical exam and a non-technical sector. Following the written exam, candidates are usually invited to an on-site interview to determine their eligibility. He recommended works for both the technical and non-technical sections, as well as each section of the technical section, which includes electrical circuits, power systems, electrical machines, electronics, and communications (signals and systems). Previously, these materials were not easily available, and candidates had a tough time studying for the amplitude test. Now, our audience has been blessed with these ideas, and we are confident that the majority of us will be able to use them to prepare for the amplitude test.

Mohaimenul Islam, Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Brac University, provided inspiring remarks to the students and potential applicants looking for positions in the public sector after the session ended. We hope that students from all academic years, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and most seniors, profited from the seminar, which will have a good impact on their professional lives in the future. Lastly, pleasantries were exchanged which marked the end of a lively session.