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"I travel worldwide and study projects across markets, while devoting the remainder of my time as a project controls specialist with the Mobilisation and Technology team."
Rachel begins with Jacobs in an administrative role in Washington, D.C., USA, 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.
Rachel accepts a transfer to Denver, Colorado, USA, where she begins work on a special task force surveying and documenting best practices in programme management. She travels worldwide and studies projects across markets, while devoting the remainder of her time as a project controls specialist with the Mobilisation 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 customise, implement, train and provide support on software systems.
During this time, she completes much of her class work in mechanical engineering.