Leslie Develle

Metairie, LA, US
Field of Work 
Industrial Engineering
Keystone Engineering, Inc.
Job Title or "Student" 
Project Controls Manager
Louisiana Tech University and University of New Orleans
Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I decided to become an engineer after spending the day at the University of New Orleans (UNO) as a grammar school student. At UNO, I attended A Day in the Life of an Engineer, and my team project was to design a bridge for the Elephants to walk across at the Audubon Zoo. The day was filled with fun challenges and in the end, my team received first place!

During the summer before my senior year of high school, I attended Louisiana Tech University on a scholarship. I immediately fell in love with the school, not to mention they had a great engineering program. I still wasn't sure which type of engineer I wanted to become, so I purchased a book that explained each field of engineering. When I got to the Industrial Engineering chapter, I instantly knew this was the route to take.

Once I graduated from LA Tech, my first job was at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems working in the Industrial Engineering Department. My focus was on estimating and progressing the amount of time it took for grinding, fitting and welding during the Integrate and Deliver phases of ship construction. I was also able to go onboard the huge naval combatant ships and conduct physical percent complete audits. During my time at Northrop Grumman, I was able to further my education by going through Six Sigma training and receiving my green belt certification. At this time, I also decided to go back to school and get my master's in Engineering Management at UNO.

My second job was at Intralox, LLC as a Manufacturing Engineer. This is a company that makes modular plastic conveyor belts through injection molding. The production plant that I worked at had over 100 injection molding machines with morning and night shift workers. My job here was to make continuous improvements to the plant. I performed time studies and identified bottlenecks in order to make processes more efficient, recommended which machines to automate packing, improved uncomfortable operator workstations, etc..

Once I completed graduate school, I started employment at MWH Global. This is an environmental engineering company focused on water, waste water, and power projects. At this point, I transitioned my career to the Project Management arena, and started working as a Project Controller. I created and monitored schedules using Primavera for the construction of a sewer system rehabilitation program. Once this project slowed down, I moved onto tracking and reporting scheduling progress on dam construction.

And that brings us to today, where I work at Keystone Engineering, Inc. as a Project Controls Manager. I spend my days creating and updating resource loaded schedules for various engineering and design projects within the oil and gas industry. I also report weekly on employee workloads in order to help management decide when to acquire additional work or when to hire additional employees.

Aside from work, I spend my time jogging at the park, playing beach volleyball, cooking new recipes, hanging out with family and friends, watching movies, going on vacations, volunteering with the Society of Women Engineers, and playing with my sweet beagle named Ellie.

My advice for someone who may be on a similar journey as mine would be to work as hard as you can in school to make good grades so that you get a great job once you graduate, but still make time to have fun in college. Get an internship or co-op so that you get some hands-on experience before the real world. Maybe even spend a summer abroad to learn a new culture. And a life lesson I've learned through the years is to observe your actions and feelings to help learn about yourself, the negative ones tell you the most.
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Program Affiliation 
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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