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FEP Group Photos

Current Photos of FEP Graduates

Field Engineers in Action

You older FEPs might remember this slogan, with the field engineer wearing a hard hat. It was dropped around 1980, as we recall.

Notice the motto inside the logo: ANYTIME.. ANYWHERE! Boy was that true. Guatemala floods, Saudi sands, Viet Nam War! We were sent anywhere there was a turbine-generator set being installed or overhauled. And no hazardous duty pay either!

Later they dropped the name in favor of just the letters:

What's in a name?

The GE division was called Installation and Service Engineering. Clients referred to us as those “I&SE; guys,” probably not even knowing what the acronym stood for or caring.

I&SE; and the Apparatus Service Division (ASD) merged in 1982 and adopted these new acronyms:

DAESO: Domestic Apparatus and Engineering Services Operation

IAESO: International Apparatus and Engineering Services Operation

Most of us who worked internationally still referred to the organization as: GETSCO

This was short General Electric Technical Services Company. We were known as GETSCO field engineers (pronounced JETS-KO).

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I&SE Field Engineer's Manual (CX 82)

Posted by dlucier at Monday, Dec-13-2004 06:21 PM

Remember these relics?

The green leather cover with globe on the front and N,S,E,W lines to give a 3-D effect.

Mine was dated May 25, 1970. The Gas Turbine was section four of the series. Did you scribble notes and copy TIL notes into the blank pages to save on carrying extra paper?

No CD's or Zip Discs back then.

Field Engineer's Tools - Remember these?

Posted by dlucier at Friday, Dec-31-2004 06:59 AM
1. Did you take your slide rule that you used in college on your first field engineering assignment?

2. Did you get issued a Simpson 260 A-V-O meter by I&SE or GETSCO? This was long before DVM like a Fluke 8086.

3. Did you use a reed tachometer to measure turbine speed? Did you use it to check turbine overspeed?

4. Did you ever use a hand-held vibration meter like a IRD- 210? Or perhaps a IRD-320 that had a tuneable filter and switch to select mils or inches/sec?

5. Do you remember how many threads to the inch micrometers have? How many mils does the spindle travel outward for a one revolution?

6. Ever own a Starrett "Last Word" dial indicator? They came in a red box. What town in Massachusetts are Starrett tools (still) manufactured?

7. What did "closed end overtravel" mean in valve stroke calibrations? Which direction does a dial indicator turn when you push it into the body of the device? CW or CCW?

most useful, from FEDC

Posted by byrdj at Monday, Jan-03-2005 04:18 PM
I learned a lot while at the FEDC. But the most remebered and possibly the most used concept inplanted while there was "to measure is to know" by Andy Tomko via Lord Kelven. After the many years, a lot of inspections could be made by feel, but recalling those words, I try to put a value on any and all things.

Denise Palumbo has an update on Electrical FEP

Posted by dlucier at Wednesday, Feb-22-2006 01:26 PM
GE is still running E&E FEP Field Engineering Programs. They are subdivided into two types now called:

FEP Industrial Systems, Power Delivery
FEP Industrial Systems, Drives & Controls

Some of the program is presented at the "ELC"(what we once knew as the FEDC), and some of it presented in Salem VA.

The programs fall under the management of Matt Chamberlin who also manages the Energy Services Training programs (FEP Mechanical, Controls, Service Shop, Generator, and Wind).

The new building expansion is scheduled to begin some time this Spring, the exact date is somewhat of a mystery. We are preparing (as I write this e-mail) to begin yet another FEP class inspection on the Delmarva unit. How many more, not sure? I will keep you posted.

So what's in a name, you ask?

Posted by dlucier at Wednesday, Mar-15-2006 10:48 AM
The name of the facilty at 2690 Balltown Road (GE's Building 600) has had at least four:

* Field Engineering Development Center (FEDC, 1974-1982)
* Traning and Development Center (1982 - ?)
* Power Systems University (sometime in the 1990s)
* Energy Learning Center (2005 - Present)

It will always be known as the **FEDC** to purists!

Kahuna Doll

Posted by dlucier at Sunday, Apr-09-2006 11:12 AM
The Kahuna doll (shown in the banner above) was symbolic of the class coordinator. In the early 1980s, we appointed one instructor to at as the "Kahuna" of each class. This doll came from Hawaii.
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