Jessie_KlemmeJessie Klemme

Occupation: Assistant Project Manager
Company: Swinerton Renewable Energy

Jessie came to Swinerton with a degree in environmental engineering and a minor in construction management. As an assistant project manager, she works on-site in locations such as Idaho and California.

“You work from sunup to sundown, and oftentimes I’m one of the first ones there and one of the last to leave. Sure it’s tiring, but it helps with morale to have everyone on the crew know you’re there to support them and answer any questions they have. You work in subzero temperatures and often very difficult conditions, traveling from one site to another over the course of a day. I pretty much talk to everyone on site in the course of my job. One of the interesting parts of the job is that I can show up to work and have no idea what’s going to happen that day. Every day is a surprise.”

“One of my favorite things about working in the field is that we often travel together as a team. Leaving college, people don’t expect you to necessarily know everything about solar, but if you’re able to work on a team and you’re willing to learn, those are some of the biggest points in your favor. It’s really important to have solid teamwork and that you can rely on each other to make decisions if you aren’t there. We have a lot of trust in each other and we’re like a little family, and that’s what I really love.”