As we all know, there’s an engineering talent shortage right now. In reaction to this, TEECOM has been raising awareness about low-voltage engineering as a career path through outreach to college students and our summer internship program, TEECOMuniversity. Recently, one of our former interns from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, introduced us to the Cal Poly Industrial Technology Society, a student club that organizes tours and information sessions for its members. The group asked us to educate them about what the engineers at TEECOM do.
Well, we decided to take them right to the top: We organized a tour of our work at Salesforce Tower, the tallest building in San Francisco, California.
TEECOM is at Salesforce Tower nearly every day of the week, coordinating the integration and installation of networked infrastructure in our role as Salesforce’s IT Systems Project Manager. It’s a big job: on the 29 floors of the 61-story tower occupied by Salesforce, there are about 25 technology systems and an average of 295 end-devices per floor. That’s about 8,500 tech devices that need to be overseen through planning, design, and construction. TEECOM maps out and manages the steps needed to ensure that every system is supplied with the wired and wireless connections it needs and is secure and functioning as the floors are occupied.
The Cal Poly students were keen to see the behind-the-scenes tech spaces, so we toured them through the Main Distribution Frame (MDF), IDFs (Intermediate Distribution Frames), and server rooms. Kirk Iliev, TEECOM Project Manager, walked the group through some floors that hadn’t been built out yet so that we could see the complex infrastructure that would eventually be covered up by wallboard or raised floors.
The tour ended at TEECOM’s Oakland HQ, where our discipline leaders gave the students more info about the role of engineers in the AEC industry.
After the tour, one of the students gave us some great feedback, emailing:
I just wanted to reach out and express how much I enjoyed you showing us around on Friday and giving us students a true feeling of how working at a company as great as TEECOM really is. During the time we were walking around the office, seeing everyone interact with each other in such a nonchalant way but at the same time getting their work done, is an environment I’m very interested in working in. Adding to that, as I got to speak with your three colleagues and you throughout the tour of Salesforce and the employees giving the presentation, I realized that many people working at TEECOM are genuine individuals and people who are enjoyable to be around.
We’re always looking for avenues for educating engineering undergrads about the career paths available in low-voltage engineering. We’re committed to building and training the next generation of engineers. If you know of a student group that would be interested in learning more, please reach out.