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Alyson, Principal Proposals Specialist
The work environment is a place to grow in a career and where you enjoy coming to work every day.

Alyson, Principal Proposals Specialist
Background
I have a Mechanical Engineering Degree and an MBA from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. After college, I entered the US Air Force, serving as an Engineering Assistant, and following Active Duty, I joined McDermott as a Field Engineer. I quickly gained significant experience through a variety of projects and after three-and-a-half years, I moved to my current position of Marine Estimator, responsible for preparing presentations for multiple clients on marine installation, cost estimates, assembly and execution plans. I am also currently a Civil Engineering Officer in the Texas Air National Guard.

The offshore oil and gas construction industry was totally new for me; certainly not a career field I had ever dreamed of getting into, as I didn't even know it existed. I found the work and environment at McDermott to be a good fit with my desire to always be learning and on the cutting edge of technology. But I decided to take a leap of faith after learning more about the company and realizing how much experience I would gain every day.

Highlights
I like that I am always learning and exploring the industry by working with more experienced people. I also like that there is never only one solution to the challenges that we face. The work environment is a place to grow in a career and where you enjoy coming to work every day. Most exciting and interesting so far was an installation project ? my largest project as a Field Engineer and a first-of-kind. The many years of planning to take this project from beginning to end ? from pile installation to the topsides ? and working offshore for three months made it a challenging and very worthwhile experience.

Advice
Keep working hard and take the challenges that come your way. It's fun and rewarding, and definitely a great experience to see projects that you personally planned go offshore and be constructed right in front of your eyes.
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