Author: Women Offshore

Subsea Engineer Chelcie Babin

Meet Chelcie Babin from Houston, Texas.  Chelcie has a degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and currently works as a subsea engineer and package manager, where she manages multiple fabrication scopes for projects all over the world.  She has fabricated everything from flanges, to pipeline coatings and subsea structures.  Once fabrication is complete, she assists with mobilizing the equipment on vessels and offshore installations. Chelcie has predominantly worked in the Gulf of Mexico, but also, in Venezuela, Italy, and Norway.  We reached out to her to learn more about what her career has been like managing and...

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Captain Jill Friedman

Meet Captain Jill Friedman from Madeira Beach, Florida. Captain Jill started working on the water 30 years ago as an able bodied seaman and worked her way up to captain with a USCG Master License for Vessels of Unlimited Tonnage. Captain Jill also has an Associate’s Degree in Ocean Marine Technology from Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. It is easy to see how accomplished a mariner she is. She’s a pioneer in the maritime industry and a wealth of knowledge. We reached out to Captain...

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Third Engineer Klara Andersson

Meet Klara Andersson from Stockholm, Sweden. Klara is a graduate of Kalmar Maritime Academy and currently works on a car carrier as a 3rd Engineer. Her duties include maintenance and daily operation of generators for power production, boilers, and purifiers. Below, Klara shared with us what it has been like powering large ships to move vehicles from one continent to another: Klara, please start out by telling us which part of the world you work in. “I work out of whatever location my ship goes – which is pretty much, world-wide!  My last contract, I signed on in Manzanillo,...

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Project Manager Anna Pilette

Meet Anna Pilette from Monroe, Michigan. Anna graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology & Physical Science.  Switching gears from her previous career as a member of the US Navy, Anna obtained a position as a project manager for a major oil company. Women Offshore recently had the privilege of interviewing Anna to learn more about her 16-year, world-wide career: Anna, what inspired you to work on the water? “I worked with sonar systems in the US Navy from 1994 to 2000.  I always loved this idea [of working around/in aquatic environments], ever since I...

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Third Officer Madeleine Wolczko

Meet Third Officer Madeleine Wolczko, from Vashon Island, WA.  An alumna of the California Maritime Academy with a B.Sc. in Marine Transportation, minoring in Law, she currently holds an Unlimited Third Mate License. Women Offshore caught up with Madeleine to see how her career has progressed over the last two and a half years she’s been working on the water.  Madeleine was a bit difficult to get a hold of as she is currently, out on the open water of the Mariana Islands of the South Pacific Ocean!  We tracked her down to ask her a few questions – here’s...

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