Spotlight on the Women in Renewable Energy at Blattner Energy – Engineering CAD Tech, Jen
|This month an Engineering CAD Tech, Jennifer (Jen), is featured.
She shares what she likes about working in the engineering field at Blattner Energy, and she will also be presenting on solar energy at a Tech Savvy conference focused on STEM for girls.
Most of us know that “STEM” stands for science, technology, engineering and math, but Jen, engineering CAD technician at Blattner, thinks “STEAM” would be more accurate.
“I really think ‘art’ should be included because it would spark more interest,” she explained. “Young people may avoid engineering because they think it’s not creative, but they don’t realize that creativity is a necessary part of engineering. One of the things I love about my job is that I get to be creative.”
Jen became interested in solar energy when getting her engineering degree at Harding University in Arkansas. While attending college she was also a tutor for engineering students, and ended up graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
She joined Blattner in June of 2015 and works with the engineering team in Avon, Minnesota at the corporate office. As an engineering CAD technician, Jen focuses on early-stage design and the pre-construction phase of solar renewable energy projects. In the bidding phase of a project, she assists the civil and electrical engineers with solar project layouts, such as getting quantities from layouts for estimating, and doing calculations for development. She’s also involved in field support, which includes AutoCAD files, post plans with coordinates to support the solar panels, and putting together best practice diagrams that help the field team visualize how something should be done.
Jen regularly collaborates on initial layouts and post plans for solar projects, which contributes to the design standards at Blattner. She also successfully worked with the engineering team on post plans for a project with a complex terrain. This effort supported the quality construction of the project by Blattner and further supported the advancements of the industry for solar projects that could possibly be located in the same type of geographical terrain.
Jen’s first impressions of Blattner’s culture and the excitement for her work haven’t faded.
“I really love what I do,” she said. “When I see the completed project, it feels good to know I contributed. And Blattner has been very supportive in my learning and growing as a professional. I’m excited to keep growing my knowledge and skills with this company.”
Jen will be presenting at the Tech Savvy event on Saturday, January 28 at St. Cloud State University. The one-day event reveals the world of STEM education and careers to girls in grades 6 through 9. She will be giving a hands-on experience with solar energy and help them learn a little practical knowledge about energy costs.