"Power Machines" Opens a Student Design Bureau at the Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI"
11 October 2022
On October 11, a grand opening ceremony of the student design bureau of the "Power machines" group of companies was held at the Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI".

The purpose of the student design bureau (SDB) of "Power machines" at "LETI" is to provide additional training to young electrical engineering professionals to develop advanced power-generating equipment. The work of the "LETI" SDB will take place in the field of training in Power Machine Automation Systems.

'"Power machines" is building a network of student design bureaus at the Russian leading technical universities to collaborate with the best specialists in the field of power-plant engineering in the future. I am sure the students attending the SDB are not only gaining invaluable skills and practical experience that will be beneficial in employment, but also sparking interest in their profession. After all, looking for and finding solutions to real problems, seeing how complex projects are implemented with your input—that is what captivates at the beginning and becomes the engine for specialists' development throughout their career!' General Designer of JSC "Power machines", Alexander Ivanovsky, said at the opening ceremony.

Sergey Galunin, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of the Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI", pointed out that the university and "Power machines" have a long history of cooperation: "Many graduates of the university have been successfully recruited by the company and have achieved various successes, we have carried out a number of research projects, employees of "Power machines" study at "LETI" for their postgraduate studies.

The SDB becomes a zone of technical development in the field of mathematical modelling and design of electrical complexes, development and software implementation of automatic control systems. The study process in SDB is based on information resources and specialized software products of JSC "Power machines", the performance of technical tasks in the field of programming, automation, digitalization and design in the field of power-plant engineering for real customers.

The SDB program is a two-year program that students in years 3 and 4 of the Bachelor's degree and years 1 and 2 of the Master's degree can enter. Candidates have two areas of work to choose from. The first is related to the activities of the Directorate for Power Machines Automation Systems (DPMAS). This division produces automated process control systems of various levels, controllers, excitation systems, control systems for hydroelectric power plants, electric drives for dump trucks and excavators; DPMAS employees also develop information systems for predictive diagnostics and charging stations for electric cars. The second area of the SDB was formed at SMTT High Voltage Solutions, LLC (part of the "Power machines" group), a manufacturer of transformers of various types, including autotransformers and phase-transformer complexes.

At the end of the program participants will receive a state certificate of professional retraining on the program "Design of Power-Generating Equipment in Computer-Aided Design Systems". During the training process, the students will be supervised by representatives of "Power machines" and Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI".

The first intake of students has already taken place: according to the results of the qualification phase, 12 students were admitted.

"Power machines" SDB members have a fixed-term employment contract and receive monetary compensation and seniority in the company. Upon completion of their work in SDB, students may find employment at "Power machines" in higher positions than graduates of the department's basic training programs.

For the "Power machines" group of companies, the student design bureau at "LETI" became the ninth to be opened. The SDB trains 126 future specialists at the Ufa State Aviation Technical University, Platov South-Russian State Polytechnic University (NPI), Polzunov Altai State Technical University, Tomsk Polytechnic University, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, "LETI", National Research University "Moscow Power Engineering Institute", Bauman Moscow State Technical University and State University of Aerospace Instrumentation.
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