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Michelle Jennings


Currently living in

Mesa, Arizona, US

Willing to relocate

Work Preferences


Open to roles

Long Term EmployeeShort Term Contract

I enjoy problem and puzzle solving, from the daily crossword and sudoku to creating VBA code and formulas to examine a data set based on parameters. If I don't readily have the tools needed for a problem, I will seek them out and learn various options before applying the best fit. In past employment, I have quickly advanced in position and responsibilities. This includes growing from QC technician to manager in a matter of months as well as being the administrator for pricing documents as a temporary employee.

Ideal Workplace Values

The values of an ideal workplace would include environmental stewardship, equity in diversity, involved in the community, effective communication, and integrity.

Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

I can hyperfocus on a problem and explore issues until a solution or root cause is found. I have an eye for detail and can see patterns that others can't. I can ask questions that others would overlook. I can observe people and adapt to their social styles to increase productivity, gain information, and better instruct/teach/coach them. My ability to detect nuance leads to more robust standard operating procedures and best practices through critical thinking and pattern differentiation. I can develop tools that are fit to people's needs so they can also make sense of data sets.

Technical Skills

Top 5 Soft Skills

CollaborationWorking AutonomouslyCreativityLogical ReasoningAttention to Detail

Inclusion Essentials


Send questions in advanceInterviewer experienced with neurodiversityWritten interview instructionsDaily job-coach checkinsCommunication planConcise instructions for processingWritten checklistsWritten InstructionsChunking large amounts of contentFlexible scheduleExtra time off for appointmentsPeriodic rest breaksUninterrupted work timeErgonomic seatingNoise-cancelling headphonesQuiet / individual workspacesJob coachingEmployee resource groupSupport with advocating

Environments I'm comfortable with

Working with animals
Bright or blinking lights
Loud noises
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Variable temperatures
Driving a vehicle
Working with food
Interaction with the public
Heavy lifting
Standing for long periods
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)

I struggle in office environments that have a lot of sudden noises ( a regular background noise of talking, etc. is ok). I can handle environments with loud noises with the use of earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones; similarly I struggle in an office environment if my desk is next to active, loud conversations, or if the work area has inconsistent temperature/air flow. The allowance to stand up and walk around periodically helps with these issues. I have worked successfully on construction sites before, as the physical activity and appropriate PPE helped with noises, temperature, etc.


Check out my work

Worked for 1 years, 0 months from Nov 2021 to Nov 2022

Renovation Coordinator - SMS Assist

Duties Above and Beyond - Reduced scope-of-work conversion time from four hours to thirty minutes by creating a VBA-based Excel tool, vastly increasing efficiency and accuracy. (Took initiative to learn required VBA over a one-month period building on previous experience with MATLAB.) - Streamlined the scope-of-work review process with an Excel tool that flagged items not meeting specifications or best practices, with a potential savings of thousands of dollars per property review. Utilized innate attention to detail and rigorous troubleshooting analysis. - Created documentation and gave presentations for the Excel tools detailing macros, functions, and workflow to clarify their functionality for those not familiar with VBA coding and Excel. Required Duties - Supported Budget Review Team by completing ongoing tasks and special projects, suggesting and recommending ways to streamline processes, and helping others with their duties, projects, reports, and software. - Daily tasks consisted of converting scopes of work from one proprietary system into another through tracking and analyzing data, comparing items to various source standards, suggesting and recommending item categories, and generating completed scopes. - Special projects, scope conversions, and other priorities were handled under the pressure of timeframes and deadlines to meet the needs of the team and clients. Software Used/Skills - Tableau Cloud viewer, Microsoft Office (Excel plus VBA, Word, PowerPoint, Teams, OneNote, SharePoint, Outlook), SMS Assist proprietary ONE web-based software, Adobe Acrobat, Foxit PDF Reader, Internet browsers and search engines, Windows 10. - Data analysis, data entry, typing speed 75wpm+, critical thinking, code documentation, presentation creation, team support.

Adobe Systems Adobe AcrobatMicrosoft Visual Basic for Applications VBAMicrosoft ExcelData EntryData Analysis
Worked for 3 years, 0 months from Jan 2017 to Dec 2019

Quality Control Technician - Knife River

Duties Above and Beyond - Designed asphalt pavement mixes, updated older mix designs with current materials properties, and adjusted asphalt plant settings based on test results analysis when required as one of about 30 designers certified by Oregon DOT at that time. - Maintained team relationships with production departments by troubleshooting with them, encouraging two-way knowledge flow, and remaining willing to help through hardships. - Learned new database software and trained peers, which required creation of new training materials and individually tailored approaches for maximum competency within 3 months. - Regularly audited database for errors during software transition process; created correction reports for peers and provided feedback. - Advised supervisor and peers on communication tone and content (email/phone/reports). - Engaged with and lead tour groups in the lab about quality control and testing at two locations; adjusted content based on audience. Utilized public speaking skills learned in Toastmasters. Required Duties - Gathered and analyzed test results to create reports for upper levels of management, other departments, and outside entities/agencies. - Sampled and tested concrete, aggregate, and asphalt in accordance with standardized procedures both in the lab and in the field. - Conducted and participated in weekly safety meetings, monthly safety audits, and yearly MSHA trainings. - Researched equipment and made purchasing recommendations based on provided criteria. Software used/Skills - Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook), text-based Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Stonemont LIMS, Adobe Acrobat. - Data analysis, critical thinking, written and spoken communication, safety-first mindset.

Laboratory information management system LIMSTroubleshootingConstruction Materials TestingSafety PrinciplesData Analysis
Worked for 2 years, 8 months from Oct 2012 to Jun 2015

Graduate Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant - Oregon State University

As a graduate research assistant - Designed, troubleshot, repaired, and maintained equipment for experiments and the lab. - Developed sample preparation techniques, including spot welding thermocouples and fine gage wire and setting up temperature control for an induction coil heat source. - Utilized scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) to compare metals quality analysis techniques and procedures for Master’s project. - Studied fracture mechanics, focusing on fatigue crack growth of metal at room and high temperatures for PhD research. Utilized SEM and optical microscopy. - Participated in weekly group meetings to exchange feedback on research projects. - Researched literature from various sources and created summary reports. As a graduate teaching assistant - Instructed two lab sections for Materials Manufacturing and two lab sections for Mechanical Properties of Materials courses. Additional duties included providing one-on-one instruction during weekly office hours and preparing weekly lab materials. - Proctored exams, graded term lab reports and exams, and gave constructive feedback and recommendations for student improvement.

The MathWorks MATLABResearch SkillsScanning Electron Microscope (SEM)Materials TestingEquipment Maintenance

Education and Credentials

Attended for 1 years from 2020 to 2021

Cochise College

Associate's degree - Intelligence Operations Studies

Attended for 2 years from 2012 to 2014

Oregon State University

Master's degree - Materials Science

Attended for 3 years from 2009 to 2012

Oregon State University

Bachelor's degree - Mechanical Engineering

Attended for 4 years from 1998 to 2002

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Bachelor's degree - Civil Engineering