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Flo

When Flo M. interviewed with Jacobs in 1980, she noticed something different about the company.

"It felt open-ended. There was more opportunity to learn faster and work on different types of projects."

Her first impression proved to be true. Her personal drive to understand how different parts of the business are connected coupled with a culture of support has helped her thrive in multiple roles during her career.

  • 1980
    Starts as a Process Engineer with Jacobs. A chemical engineering major, she's one of the first female engineering graduates recruited out of college.
  • 1984
    Leads her first polypropylene project. Her exposure to multiple aspects of the business broadens the range of roles she's interested in pursuing.
  • 1992
    Oversees Total Quality Management Program for 850-person engineering office. She begins to explore leadership and management opportunities.
  • 2002-2008
    Develops and runs Jacobs' business alliance with Coors Brewing Company. Gains deeper appreciation for the value of being client-focused.
  • 2011
    Becomes Vice President of Global Alliances. Leverages her experiences to partner with clients across all industries Jacobs serves.
  • 2013
    Moves to Australia to become Vice President, Sales & Operations Integration. Uses her experience and network to help organize, plan, and implement the integration of a newly acquired 7,000- person firm.
Daryl

"Jacobs attracted me because of their core values of safety and relationships among their teams and with their clients."

Daryl came to Jacobs after graduating with a chemical engineering degree, and is part of a graduate program that will equip him with the skills and experience to obtain U.K. Chartered Engineer status in the coming years. His education includes intern and work-study programs in process engineering for petrochemical, chemicals, and refining clients, including a stint at a rum distillery in his home country of Barbados. Daryl is seeking a career path toward a senior leadership position in Jacobs. He aims to work in as many different markets as possible. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and playing double bass in the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

  • Mining & Minerals
    As part of the Jacobs U.K. team working on a $7 billion phosphate mining project in Saudi Arabia, Daryl is involved in the hydraulic design of utilities for the chemical processing plants and in executing safety reviews of utility systems.
  • Refining
    Daryl's chemical engineering interests are well suited for his assignment on a $240 million rejuvenation project for an aging terminal on the east coast of England that processes North Sea gas, which is vital to the country's energy security. On this project, he executes a wide variety of safety reviews to ensure the safe operation of the facility. He also supports the project management team on site.
  • Oil & Gas
    Daryl's main interest are coalescing on designing health and safety processes for upstream oil and gas production projects. He particularly intends to explore opportunities in this market in his home in the Caribbean basin. "I'm watching for opportunities to break in that. When a Caribbean project comes up, I'm their guy."
  • Multi-Industry
    Jacobs Future Network Global Committee: Daryl participates on the leader panel of this Jacob's committee, which helps professionals with fewer than five years' experience make network connections that will further their careers, and identifies future leads for the company. He leads a local group in the Reading office and helps start-up other groups across the U.K., which exposes him to a breadth of opportunity at Jacobs. "I want to see which markets interest me most and get a broad range of experiences. Jacobs offers so many options, it's enough to last for a long career.".
Kelly

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"This company will give you an opportunity if you're willing to step up. I have 'helium-hand' disease, which means I volunteer for everything. That's done amazing things for my career at Jacobs."

  • Meteorology
    Helium Hand #1: With his career sites focused on atmospheric computer simulation, Kelley goes to work for Sverdrup doing exactly that, with a few engineering analysis techniques thrown into his models. Six years later, Jacobs acquires Sverdrup, and Kelley volunteers to apply his computer modeling skills to an engineering project management assignment. Computer modeling wins his interest more than predicting weather.
  • Teamwork
    Helium Hand #2: Shortly after joining the company, a big contract with NASA goes up for re-bid. He and five other engineers and managers volunteer to craft a proposal in skunkworks fashion over several months, which wins part of the new work. "I'll never forget those guys. It made me realize how much we're in this together. Everything we do at Jacobs is a team effort."
  • Modeling
    Helium Hand #3: After Jacobs sends Kelley through extensive process improvement training, he volunteers his skills to a team looking for efficiencies in project management processes in variable engineering environments. He helps model and design a web-based distributed work environment, which is an integral part of Jacobs' engineering process improvement efforts.
  • Leading
    Drafted #1: When the U.S. Department of Defense puts a half-billion-dollar contract up for bid for a specialized combat ship package, Jacobs taps Kelley to lead the effort, and they win. "That's when I left most of the technical work behind and made a dramatic change into task lead on a big project."
  • Process Appraising
    Helium Hands #4 and #5: Kelley volunteers to be on a companywide process appraisal team, which awards more low grades than top managers want to tolerate. He volunteers again to solve the biggest problems by modeling best practices and training managers. "I moved from being a manager to being a director. All because I volunteered to do the hardest jobs."
  • Safety
    Helium Hand #6: Kelley volunteers yet again to design and model the safety process for the Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services Group, which supports the U.S. Department of Defense. Now he works to improve safety processes for field personnel. "We have people working with enormous tools and high voltage—things that'll kill you if you don't do them right. I make sure we do them right."
  • Wider Service
    Helium Hand or Drafted #X: He's not yet been cured of raising his helium hand to volunteer for almost anything, and he hopes to serve in a more regional role as soon as the opportunities arrive. "As long as you're willing to volunteer to do things others think is hard or impossible, and you give it your best, this company will reward you."
Rachel

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"I believe there's a growing revolution in engineering that involves designing, building, and maintaining everything with less environmental impact. I want to live and work internationally on that revolution, and Jacobs is engaged in that all over the world."

Fresh with a master's degree in international business, Rachel hoped to head overseas after graduation. But as she awaited an opportunity, she took a temp-to-perm job for Jacobs as an administrative assistant. Ten years later, she's months from earning her professional engineering license as a mechanical engineer, specializing in energy and environment. She's poised to reach for her international goals in the near future.

  • Admin
    Rachel begins with Jacobs in an administrative role in Washington, D.C., but she shows so much interest in architecture and engineering, she learns the role of project engineer. The project she's working on, a $65 million renovation of a federal headquarters building, takes a dramatic turn when a torrential downpour floods the basement and sub-basement, adding an unexpected $25 million one-year contract to the original job. "That was my first experience with the extreme effects of environment on a structure," and she is hooked on thinking about the environment.
  • Renovation Inspector
    She becomes so interested in the building renovation, she spends as much time as she can in the field exploring, learning, and becoming involved. Her supervisor sees potential in her, and Jacobs trains her to become an architectural field inspector while simultaneously expanding her knowledge in the mechanical, electrical, fire safety, controls, plumbing, and structural trades. She examines more than a thousand blast-resistant windows, architectural additions, and other items, while creating and maintaining all punchlists and logs that track quality control and manage the project.
  • New Building Inspector
    Rachel moves to construction of a new $55 million federal training center in Arlington, Virginia. The activities involved in obtaining LEED certification for one of the facilities drives her to acquire certification as a LEED Green Associate and further her interest in energy and environment. She provides field quality assurance and inspections, as well as manages field office operations, including nearly a thousand requests for information and a hundred contract modifications in less than two years.
  • Project Coordinator
    For a sensitive but unclassified $30 million renovation of a prominent federal office building, Rachel is the primary liaison between the client, the contracting federal department, and the general contractor on all submittals, security, scheduling, outages, contract changes, and quality assurance. The urge to continue advancement propels her to go back to school for a mechanical engineering degree while maintaining a focus on energy and environment.
  • Project Controls Specialist
    Rachel accepts a transfer to Denver, Colorado, where she begins work on a special task force surveying and documenting best practices in program management. She travels worldwide and studies projects across markets, while devoting the remainder of her time as a project controls specialist with the Mobilization and Technology Team. She is intrigued by the corporate side of Jacobs' business outside of the field, and works with multiple projects across the country to customize, implement, train, and provide support on software systems. During this time, she completes much of her class work in mechanical engineering.
  • Project Engineer and Inspector
    A need arises for a project engineer for a $37 million renovation of a federal building in downtown Denver. Rachel moves back to the field and additionally takes on the role of inspector. She tests all systems for fire-life safety, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, controls, data, and blast windows, as well as all architectural items. She continues her class work to obtain a Colorado Professional Engineer License. She is now looking for overseas opportunities in environmental engineering within Jacobs.
Shan

Before Shan joined Jacobs twelve years ago, he didn't have a specific career path in mind. But he did have a direction he wanted to take.

"I wanted to work at the front end of creating lasting tangible projects before they become physical reality. I wanted to be at the tip of the spear."

He also loves traveling, not as a tourist walking around taking pictures, but as part of the culture that creates the need for projects. Jacobs has given him the opportunity to appreciate every part of the spear.

  • Grinder
    Connecting the Details: After he learned to see how the parts fit into the whole, he began working more directly with clients to help them clarify their current and future needs, including projects on petrochemical plants, medical facilities, and corporate campuses.

  • Finder
    Seeking New Business: Shan put together his own mentorship program and sold it to his managers. He spent two years under a top Jacobs sales executive and eventually took his mentor's place. He lead a "fourpeat," an almost unheard-of fourth win in a row for a massive federal contract.
  • Binder
    Bringing it Together: In a career twist he didn't expect, he was offered the opportunity to return to his hometown in India and manage infrastructure sales after an acquisition of a new company that doubled the number of Jacobs employees in the region to more than 5,000. In this role, he teaches, learns, and ties the new piece of the business into the rest of the Jacobs global family.
  • Winder
    Taking it Global: Shan has learned the difference between simply having offices around the world and acting as a global company, and he wants to use that knowledge in his next challenge: To wind all the Jacobs world operations into the tip of a global spear for projects that have not yet even been imagined.

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Go anywhere. Meet a few people who've taken advantage of multiple opportunities to expand their careers at Jacobs.
 
Daryl  /  Flo  /  Shan  /  Rachel  /  Kelley