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US-based engineer, Pat, along side his colleagues at NEP Australia.

Engineer ExchangeAuthor: Meredith Knight / December 16, 2014

Being a worldwide organization has many benefits, and now NEP is taking advantage of our global reach and depth of expertise to launch an Engineering Exchange Program. This program allows NEP engineers to travel and work along side other NEP engineers in a different geography to exchange information and learn from one another.

Recently, one of our US-based engineers had the had the opportunity to work side-by-side with the team at NEP Australia. We sat down with him to learn a little bit about his experience.

What was the purpose of your trip to NEP Australia?
During my time spent in Australia I was given the opportunity to work with a few different clients on a variety of shows. I was fortunate enough to arrive right around NRL and AFL finals. The weeks leading up to the finals were packed with rugby matches, entertainment shows, and award shows. The majority of my work was based out of Sydney working NRL with Fox Sports and Channel 9 on HD1 and HD2. I had also spent a few days in Melbourne on HD6 working a reality TV show called The Recruit and the AFL Grand Final Footy Show.

What OB units did you specifically work with?
HD1, HD2 and HD6

Describe the role you held while you were training there?
I operated as a 2nd Engineer where it was my responsibility to assist the EIC so that he could concentrate on his task at hand without being taken away from his duties at the truck. My role at NEP Australia was very similar to what I do at U.S. Mobile Units, although at times it was much less involved. The reason I say that I was much less involved is due to the fact that they employ a few extra positions that we do not normally have on our crews. Please keep in mind that most of these factors are show dependent. The shows that I had worked were similar to what we would consider a “set, shoot, strike.” The extra positions that they employ are; an intercom technician (they are responsible for dealing with all internal and external communications along with phone lines, internet, wireless cameras and assisting the audio engineer,) a freelance graphics engineer (all graphics machines are either contained in fly packs or sprinter vans, the graphic engineer is responsible for the set up and troubleshooting of all graphics devices,) and a grip truck engineer (the grip truck engineer is responsible for all equipment distribution and truck loading at strike.) These extra positions take a lot of stress away from the engineers which then allow them to spend their time elsewhere. The majority of my time was spent shadowing the engineers while they were working with the VSM software.

Can you highlight a few things that you learned on this trip?
A key area would have been learning about NEP Australia operations, the industry differences and observing how the third party VSM software is used.