Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
Senior Project Engineer/ WorleyParsons
Oil & Gas/Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) Services
My name is Jessica Wright and I was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Houston, TX. I attended schools in Houston and Fort Bend Independent School Districts but left Houston and moved to Austin at age 12. I graduated from Del Valle High School and went to Prairie View A&M University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. I obtained my MBA with concentration Project Management and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. I also have my Engineer-In-Training certificate from the State of Texas. I began my career at Jacobs Engineering as a Process Engineer and I now work for WorleyParsons as a Senior Project Engineer.
As a Project Engineer, I am responsible for managing my assigned projects and ensuring they are being executed as per my company’s processes; on time and within budget. I am the liaison between the disciplines and our clients.
On a typical day, I like to start by checking my emails and calendar for any upcoming meetings. I like to talk and check in with my engineers and the other team members on my projects to get status updates. I inquire if they need anything from our clients or if they are waiting for information from our vendors and follow-up to get the information they need. I do the same with my clients, I inquire if they need anything from my engineers or other project team members and follow up to provide them with what they need. I spend most of my time making sure everyone is ok, communicating information and attending to everyone’s needs. Additionally, I maintain meeting notes, develop scopes of work, set and update budgets and schedules for my projects and closeout projects once everything has been delivered.
While in high school I took the necessary math and science classes that I felt were needed to prepare me for college as a chemical engineering major. The next major step was majoring in chemical engineering at Prairie View. While in college I was able to go on a summer internship at a refinery in Louisiana. That experience opened my eyes to what type of work environment I would like and would not like and the type of engineer I would want to be and not be. My next major step was my first job at Jacobs Engineering as Process Engineer. I learned and gained an understanding of the project environment and was able to execute my technical knowledge gained from college. This gave me confidence in my abilities. Attending graduate school and obtaining my MBA and studying Project Management gave me more understanding of executing projects and have led me to where I am today.
The most satisfying thing about my career is working with a diverse group of individuals. Most of the people I work with are not native-born Americans, so you get to experience different cultures within the office. I love the parallel of being able to work in groups as well as working by myself. I also love the work/life balance and the flexible schedule I have. I am able to be productive at work as well as maintain my active lifestyle after work. Lastly, I love the lifestyle I have been able to have and maintain with being an engineer.
You can transfer from being a discipline engineer into a project engineer. Typically most engineers starting salary ranges could be from $50,000-$80,000 and could reach up to and/or exceed $250,000.
I love to work out and be physically active; it is the best stress reliever. I also love to relax and just watch TV as well as read. I love hanging out with my family or going out with my friends and I also love going to church and volunteering. Lastly I love to travel and experience new places and things
I am actively and heavily involved in the community. I am a member of the Urban League and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Through these organizations, I have been able to be a part of many community service projects and speaking engagements speaking to students about STEM, engineering, college, etc. I am also involved at church and I’m a member of the Young Adult Ministry. Through my job I have been active and involved in events for the United Way and Junior Achievement.
I believe that it is important to give back because no one has gotten to where they are in life alone. It is our duty and a privilege to help and lift up those who come after us.
Outside of work, I have served on the executive boards of the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) and the NSBE Houston Professionals where I am currently the Chair Emeritus. I am on the Leadership Team of my church’s Young Adult Ministry. At work I am a member of our affinity group which is called Women of WorleyParsons (WoW) where I currently serve as the Communications Chair. Being a part of the leadership of these organizations have afforded the opportunity to gain leadership experience that I may not have obtained at my job but have been able to draw from and use at work.
The financial tips I have learned are:
- To most definitely, live within your means. Do not buy something that you cannot afford because you will spend time trying to pay for it and not enjoy it or be in debt. Create a budget for yourself and actively try to stick to it
- Be knowledgeable and careful about credit and understand what a credit score is and why it is important
- Pay your bills on time
- Pay yourself first (after tithing of course) and set savings goal so you can have an emergency fund
I would want to be known as a person who was honest, trustworthy, giving, and always did what she said she would do. I just want to be known and have made a positive impact to whomever I have met. Lastly I would want to leave something that is lasting for my family, close friends, my alma mater and organizations that I have dedicated time to.
Life is about choices, decisions, and consequences. Whatever choice that you decide to make has a consequence albeit good or bad. So always take your time to choose wisely. Do not be afraid to stretch yourself and try something new. The world is so much bigger than just what is currently around you. Hard work, dedication, and perseverance are what will sustain you in life. There is no easy or quick fix, take your time and enjoy the experiences of life!
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