Jermy Jamison, a recently graduated mechanical engineer from Lone Jack, Mo., is a prime example of what an interdisciplinary education with some experiential learning thrown in can do for you.
Jamison landed a job at Exxon Mobil Corp. as a business performance analyst and he credits his time as a leader of the Steel Bridge Design Team, along with several internships, with helping prepare him for his career.
“When I was looking for experience on a student design team, steel bridge was the best option for me,” explains Jamison. “The team allowed me to be hands-on immediately and make an impact.”
After his first year on the team, Jamison liked the teamwork and camaraderie so much that he ran for and won the position of 2013-14 team leader. Under his guidance, the team earned first place at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Regional Competition in April. The team recently traveled to the national competition, where it earned third place in construction speed, second place in construction economy and finished 35th overall.
While it isn’t uncommon to find a mechanical engineer on a civil engineering-based team, what sets Jamison apart is his varied work experience. He interned at General Motors for two summers, working with its aerodynamics team, and later working on a metallurgical engineering-based project. He also had an engineering internship at Bayer Corp. in Texas.
As a mechanical engineer, he has interned with aerospace and metallurgical engineering groups, led a civil engineering-based design team and is now working for the world’s largest petroleum engineering company.
“I love the challenge of adapting to a situation and creating change from within,” says Jamison. “I have been exposed to many different industries and that helps me to excel. Why hire two people to do two jobs when one person can do both?”