Brianna Medema, P.E.
Brianna Medema, P.E.
Project Manager, Zion Engineering
Parker, CO

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I am a Project Manager for an Oil and Gas, Midstream Consulting company. I graduated with a BS in Engineering, Chemical Concentration in 2008 and have worked in various aspects of the Oil and Gas industry. I started out working on a Produced Water Recycling plant in Colorado, moved to Washington and worked at a refinery and then moved into the space between these two! The main projects that I have been working on recently involve permitting, design and engineering crude oil and natural gas transportation by buried pipeline with facilities on both ends. The life-cycle of oil is that it is extracted by a well, goes into a gathering system, then into a transportation and processing system (either a refinery or a gas plant) then into a transportation system to your house or gas station. The buried pipeline systems take a while to permit and build but are a safer system than other transportation methods (railroad, or by tanker truck). They are relatively expensive to build, but cheap to operate. I started working as a Chemical Engineer, then a Process Engineer, to a Project Engineer, now I am a Project Manager. I have gone from working mostly independently to running a team that completes projects. The projects are brought to the company I work for, an Engineering Consulting Company, by either Producers or Midstream companies who will own the pipelines after construction. This Consulting work brings a large variety of projects and each day or project is different! In my personal life, I am married to a Mechanical Engineer and a mother to a 2 year old boy. My husband works part time while I work full time. When I was in school, I loved puzzles, word problems, and science. No one in my family was an engineer and I didn't know it was something that would fit my life so well! A high school math teacher recommended I try studying engineering, and I could not be happier!
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  • Izzy, Cincinnati asked Brianna Medema, P.E., Zion Engineering

    Added Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    What do you wear to work?
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    Brianna Medema, P.E., Zion Engineering
    Answered Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 6:03 PM
    I work in the Denver Technology Center (south of Downtown) and my office is "business causal" and the president of the company wears blue jeans almost every day.  If I worked downtown Denver, the standard engineering dress is more formal.  The east coast ...
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  • Henrico, Singapore

    Added Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Hi there, may I know what is the difference between what a Chemical Engineer and an Environmental Engineer does? What is the fine line that separates these two?
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    Brianna Medema, P.E., Zion Engineering
    Answered Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:25 AM
    I graduated from a school that offered 5 different engineering concentrations: Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil & Environmental.  The Environmental concentration people took a few chemistry classes but it was mostly a Civil Engineering degree with ...
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  • Ruth, Toronto asked Brianna Medema, P.E., Zion Engineering

    Added Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Hello, I'm entering Grade 11 and I want to be a lawyer in the future. I originally wanted to major in chemical engineering before applying to law school. However, I know engineering is a difficult and heavy major and I need a good GPA to apply to law school. Since you are a chemical engineer, I was wondering if you think it is still wise to pursue engineering as opposed to business. I would like to note that so far I have maintained a fairly high average at school and do enjoy math and science, ...
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    Brianna Medema, P.E., Zion Engineering
    Answered Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 2:13 PM
    I would encourage you to major in Chemical Engineering, at least start there.  If the classes are too difficult, you would not have lost much ground to switch over to business after 1 or 2 years.  If you start in business and want to switch to Chemical ...
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