Ruth Gay
Ruth Gay
Energy Engineer, Environmental Systems Corporation
Farmington, CT

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Biography

The glitz, the glamour, the good of the globe! What should you know about picking this rewarding career? First, it's a cool job, no doubt! The glamour? Well, let's just say ditch the high heels, suits and ties. We go into all the dirty places. We brave cold, wind and scorching sun to get to the equipment on the roof. We go where no light shines into every mechanical closet and cellar to get to every pump, air handler, boiler and chiller. We dig deep and get the whole picture. We look at hours of operation, occupancy patterns, equipment and weather. We figure out what questions need to be asked, and don't stop until we know the facts or can come to a reasonable conclusion based on the best information available to us. It's our job to eliminate energy waste by controlling energy usage to exactly what is needed. We turn ideas and what-ifs into reality to prove what can be done. That's only part of it. An effective energy engineer does not stop with textbook learning. We have a hunger to know, a drive for perfection, and a heart for compassion. The insatiable hunger to know leads us to dive deep into the roots, ever learning from sources outside ourselves. We discover economics and financial analysis. We explore specialized systems and processes. We lean on the wisdom and experiences of our teammates to grow in our own understanding. We're constantly refining what we thought we knew with each new discovery. The insatiable drive for perfection demands we are ever learning about ourselves, discovering our limitations, facing ourselves head-on, training and being trained to improve ourselves. We step outside of our comfort zone. We learn to be business people. We learn how to relate to people, how to talk to customers. We learn how to stop talking and how to listen. We are directly accountable to the end customer for a truthful and beneficial outcome. The undeniable heart for compassion leads us not only to be a part of other peoples' lives, but to share with them curiosity, confidence and tools for bettering their lives one day at a time. We're responsible for doing right by the people impacted by our work. We take our job and our relationships seriously. Next time you consider this career, know this. Most of what you do will be behind the scenes. You will be proved wrong many times, and sometimes things won't pan out exactly as you expected. But each time you will come away having learned something. You will open doors for people to worlds they didn't know existed. And you will be doing good in your community for this small globe we call home.

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Latest Questions
  • Cara, TX

    Added Monday, June 27, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Hi, I haven't seen anyone ask this yet, so i was just wondering if there is time to be apart of a sorority while pursuing a major in engineering? I really want to make sure I have time for social outlets so I don't burn out during what I know is a really challenging major! Also, any advice for having more confidence in yourself? I almost dropped out of AP Calculus and AP Physics this past year ( Junior in HS), because I worried they were too hard for me, even though I ended with an A in ...
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    Ruth Gay, Environmental Systems Corporation
    Answered Monday, June 27, 2016 at 5:51 PM
    Yes, Engineering studies require a lot of homework outside the classroom and yes, you can also be involved in social activities while in school. I was involved in a group on campus that met every Friday night to spend time with with like-minded people. ...
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  • Elisabeth, Lakeville

    Added Monday, February 1, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    I want to go into sales but I love engineering, Is there a way to do both? I really like engineering but hate math and can not do that for a job what should i do?
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    Ruth Gay, Environmental Systems Corporation
    Answered Monday, February 1, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Elisabeth,

    Great question! Engineers do many things. In a technical sales role, you will get to know a particular product or service really well, then develop relationships with existing or potential clients to show how your product or service may meet ...

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  • Nicole

    Added Friday, July 17, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    I am a current engineering student that has just finished her first year of college. At my school we don't have to specialize until sophomore year so all engineering students take pretty much the same core classes. However, now that we have to specialize I am stuck as I don't know whether to go with environmental or chemical engineering. I know that I really want to do something related to the environment, but I'm worried that I would be limiting myself by studying something as specific as ...
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    Ruth Gay, Environmental Systems Corporation
    Answered Friday, July 17, 2015 at 2:33 PM
    I guess it depends where you want to go with it. I love Physics and started out there but I went to RIT and got a degree in Mechanical Engineering so I would have more opportunities. When I had a choice I took as many classes as I could related to energy ...
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