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Women In Engineering Profile: Jesi Clinton
January 22, 2019
Source: ASM International
This profile series introduces leading materials scientists from around the world who happen to be females. Here we speak with Jesi Clinton, welding subject matter expert at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Andover, Mass.
What does your typical workday look like?
As an internal welding consultant for Raytheon, I have ongoing projects to work on. But every day I receive a few surprise questions related to welding—I never know who will call! One week I could be working in-plant on quality projects or welder qualification, the next I could be flying to a foreign country to meet with a supplier. I rarely do the same thing for more than two days in a row, so I am always on a learning curve. The sheer number of welded products that Raytheon makes is enough to keep me busy for the next 30 years.
What part of your job do you like most?
Sharing my knowledge is rewarding. I think welding is awesome and a basic knowledge of it is incredibly helpful for design and manufacturing. I love teaching other engineers and non-technical people about how welding affects the product. And I like working with welders to improve their quality. It’s very gratifying to see a problem go away with just a little extra knowledge and communication.
What do you least like to do?
Sitting at my computer doing paperwork is my least favorite part of the day. Isn’t it the bane of everyone’s existence? Unfortunately, welding engineering has a ton of paperwork.
What is your engineering background?
I have a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in materials science & engineering from Case Western Reserve University. When I first earned my degrees, I had no idea that working as a welding engineer would be in my future. I didn’t know it was an option at that time.
What attracted you to engineering?
I was trained since birth to be an engineer. (Thanks Dad!) As I kept taking my toys apart, my parents encouraged a productive outlet of that energy by signing me up for an excellent program called Rosie’s Girls in Vermont. That program snowballed into welding classes, ASM Materials Camp, and a ton of other science activities. It was a natural progression into becoming an engineer.
If a young person approached you for career advice about pursuing engineering, what would you tell them?
Do it! If you have an analytical mind and like to solve problems, you will never be bored as an engineer. There are a ton of opportunities all over the world for engineers. So you can follow your passion almost anywhere. Work hard, be confident in your own abilities, and never be afraid to ask (for raises, a promotion, or more funding).
Fitness, hiking, and sewing.
Last book read?
“Endurance” by Scott Kelly.
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