Spellbound by science? We understand. So go ahead and make it your career. A number of employers, like Silver Run Electric, need scientists and engineers who specialize in different areas to work on their teams. And the future looks bright for those who earn degrees in engineering and scientific fields because jobs in these disciplines are here to stay.
Enjoy digging in the mud, searching for interesting plants and animals? Biologists, Wildlife Scientists and Environmental Specialists can spend a good part of their day working outdoors. At Silver Run Electric, these scientists conduct wildlife habitat assessments, identify plant and animal species, and study wildlife behavior to make sure that our projects are safe for the environment and the species that live in the project area.
How do you get started in one of these fields? Earn a degree in an environmental or natural science, such as chemistry, geology, biology, ecology or earth science. Then get some work experience as an environmental research assistant, field analyst, or laboratory technician. To advance in your career, a master’s degree can often help lead the way.
Do you like to do more than just digging in the mud? Maybe you even like rolling in the mud? Then consider becoming a Wetland Scientist that examines vegetation, hydrology and soil conditions to define the location of wetlands like Delaware’s many tidal marshes. These scientists assess wetlands and determine how human activities could impact those areas. At Silver Run Electric, Wetland Scientists collect soil samples, evaluate wetlands, create reports on their findings and are involved with projects that create, restore, or enhance wetlands.
How do I become a Wetland Scientist? Earn a degree, with a major in ecology or a similar discipline, then a certification as a Wetland Professional In Training (WPIT). Wetlands scientists often work for larger environmental permitting firms or sometimes set out on their own once they have amassed experience, creating their own consulting company to be their own boss.
Like a treasure hunt? Then consider a career as an Archaeologist. At SRE, archaeologists survey Silver Run Electric project areas so we can avoid areas of historical and pre-historical importance. Archeologists collect and study artifacts, such as tools and weapons, from sites representative of human culture and society. They then write reports on the objects they find and help us better understand our past. You might get a little dirty as you hunt for these historical objects but, on the flip side, you’ll get to spend a good part of your time on the job outside.
Interested in maps and geography? Working as a Surveyor or GIS Specialist may be a great fit for you. At SRE, Surveyors record all the existing conditions in the field so that the starting point for the project design is accurate. Surveyors rely on math to check the accuracy of boundaries such as property edges. GIS Specialists are able to take all of the geospatial data available, including what’s recorded by Surveyors, and create useful and appealing maps that help tell a story about the project.
How do I become a Surveyor or GIS Specialist? Technical and university degrees in surveying, geography and geographic information systems provide the education to allow you to get started. Additionally, Surveyors typically must be professionals certified by the states in which they work.
Is Nikola Tesla your hero for his groundbreaking work in electricity? You might want to consider working as an Electrical Engineer if you’re fascinated by all things electronic. Electrical Engineers design, develop and test electrical equipment. At Silver Run Electric, our Electrical Engineers look for opportunities to improve the electrical grid’s reliability and efficiency, implementing large-scale solutions that benefit society with every flip of a light switch.
How do I become an Electrical Engineer? Earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering and possibly a state certification as a Professional Engineer. Want to become a manager? Then a master’s degree is usually a good idea.
If this all sounds interesting but you can’t pick just one, maybe a Project Manager position is right for you. Project Managers work with all of the groups above and more to coordinate the many different facets of our projects leading up to construction – environmental permitting, engineering design, construction planning, community outreach, and so on. Project Managers are called on to balance the sometimes competing priorities from the various technical groups, keep the project on schedule and on budget, and work with the team to find creative solutions when potential problems arise.
How do I become a Project Manager? Earn a degree in project management, engineering, or business disciplines; then gain experience and work your way up to project management.
Do you see yourself wearing a hardhat on the job? Then consider becoming a Construction Manager? (You don’t necessarily always have to wear a hardhat.) At SRE, Construction Managers develop construction methods and strategies, administer contracts, report on work progress, collaborate with engineers, and supervise construction personnel. Furthermore, they must have the organizational skills necessary to phase projects and meet deadlines. Construction Managers need strong problem solving skills because unexpected conditions can arise that must be addressed quickly and appropriately to keep the project on track.
How do I become a Construction Manager? You’ve heard this one before… earn a technical or bachelor’s degree! Some options are construction management and civil engineering.
So if you love science or engineering, you can love your job. There are so many options. And career satisfaction impacts life satisfaction. Start planning your career in science today! We really hope to see your resume come in to Silver Run Electric one day!