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Kasum, Emil (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 52, Number 1 (October 1947)

[Cover],   p. 36


Page 36


WHY GIVE WIRES AND CABLES
        A.C. AND D.C. TESTS?
At Okonite regular d.c. tests pick out imperfections in
insulated wires and cables not detected by conventional
methods. These d.c. tests, at 4 times the a.c. values, are in
addition to the routine high voltage tests.
  "Something extra" is typical of Okonite production tech-
niques and research procedures. That something extra, multi-
plied many times spells leadership . . . reflects Okonite's
engineering background as pioneers in electrical wires and
cables. The Okonite Company, Passaic, New Jersey.
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    insulated wires and cables
              Introduction
                 (continued from page 28)
regardless of where or when it appears. True, if any man
can see no farther than the specific job he is working at,
he may as well consider himself stopped from the very on-
set. Any job is a stepping-stone to promotion if viewed in
its true perspective. Before a man is given a plant or de-
partment to manage, he must first have demonstrated
ability for management at some simpler job.
  Students often point to certain jobs as being more "ap-
pealing" or more interesting than others. They may shy
away from design engineering because their conception
of the designer's function involves being chained to a
drafting board. Actually five interesting design jobs prob-
ably exist for every single "uninteresting" design job. They
fail to recognize that a design engineer, to be successful,
must be in touch with the factory, with new process and
material developments, with outside salesmen who have
technical information and data, with customer applications
of the product, and with the purchasing department. Fur-
ther, the design engineer may spend a good portion of his
time in test work, in helping with sales application, and
numerous other phases-all of which are not at the draft-
ing board.
  In this same connection, students may fail to realize that
many engineers really enjoy design work, that a good de-
signer often would not trade "his" interesting job for any
other job in the plant. The man who is unhappy at design
work may be entirely unfitted for it both technically and
temperamentally.
  Students may fail to recognize one more point, namely
that high income does not compensate for lack of interest
in a job. In other words, if a man is a misfit in any specific
engineering job, probably no amount of income will make
him really satisfied or happy at that job.
  What conclusion can be drawn from these foregoing
comments? Learn all you can about the various fields, try
to decide the field or fields in which you are most inter-
ested and then try to fit into that field.
aI/4" x 2æ8" X 13"8; Weight 3V/2 oZ
Lindemann Electrometer
This instrument was originally designed for use in
connection with photo-electric measurements of light in
astronomical work. It is now used extensively for the
determination of radioactive emission. Compact and
stable, it has high sensitivity, stable zero, and does not
require levelling. The capacitance of the instrument is less
than 2 cm. For general use, the instrument is placed upon
a microscope stand and the upper end of the needle ob-
served, illumination being obtained in the usual way
through a window in the electrometer case.
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               A Thought
  Anyone who is bending all his energies toward reach-
ing a worthwhile goal must aspire, strive earnestly to at-
tain; but, above all, must hold on.
  Steadfastness is a sterling quality, and a firm, unwaver-
ing determination is of the utmost importance. Keeping
steadily at it is not the easiest thing in the world. Far from
it. It is one of the hardest.
  We must not become discouraged, either, for ours re-
ward is not to be obtained without much struggling. When
things become difficult or monotonous, the temptation is
to drop them. No one ever achieved success that way-so
hold on!
                               -Arthur Hamilton
THE WISCONSIN ENGINEER


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