I spoke to Jim Blake, PhD, R&D Manager of Alstom Grid DIT (Digital Instrument Transformers), a small group located in north Phoenix, Arizona, and he offered me an excellent opportunity at advancement. I moved to Phoenix, bought a house, lived and worked there for four years. It was a fantastic experience. I had visited Phoenix several times, but had not had the opportunity to get to know the area really well. In fact, I had never spent this much time away from Winnipeg! It was an amazing time.
The work was challenging, and we had a small team, quite constrained in resources, but we were able to consistently ship to meet our targets. We undertook several very interesting projects while I was there.
GE purchased Alstom Grid while I was there, so I was back in the GE family. It was interesting, being in touch with my friends at GE-Multilin again!
In 2017, personal reasons pulled me back to Winnipeg. I continued to work from remote for some time, and it was quite effective… I was working with people all over GE, from Brazil, France, and other parts of North America. But, in late 2017, facing a financial crunch, unfortunately, GE laid me off.