What/who inspired you to get into this field?
I wanted to be a problem solver and I enjoyed chemistry. My favorite parts of my internships were the opportunities I had to make things safer and keep things running smoothly, but I got bored doing the same things in the same place every day. A Rose-Hulman alumnus came to campus to interview for this position, and he explained that he loved the opportunity to experience a wide variety of industries. I realized this job would give me the variety I needed to stay interested while letting me use my technical knowledge and problem-solving skills.
What classes would you recommend for this field (high school and college)?
Strong technical writing skills are a must. Any science class that involves writing lab reports would be a good way to prepare for this kind of job. Chemistry is important because understanding the chemistry of combustion is the first step in reducing the chances of a fire and the amount of damage one would cause. Physics (specifically fluid mechanics) is also needed. Chemical engineers are needed in this field because we have the chemistry knowledge to understand the chemical hazards some of our clients have.
What are some other companies that employ graduates in this field?
AIG, Allianz, FM Global, Global Risk Consultants (GRC)
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I get to see something new every day and travel frequently. I visited eight new states in my first few months on the job. I’ve surveyed power plants, pet food manufacturers, metalworking shops, pharmaceutical plants, warehouses, semiconductor facilities, and several other manufacturing environments. When I’m not travelling, I have the flexibility to work from home and set my own hours.