Tell us about your job.
I oversee a team of researchers who are developing technology for Chevron, including refinery and chemical systems that can help our operations. We build technologies on site that help to improve the processes of converting crude oil into the gasoline and other products that our customers use every day.
What is the Richmond Technology Center?
The RTC supports all of Chevron’s worldwide operations. We produce patents and technology that allow Chevron to improve its processes and products. We’re not like the Refinery where we make products that are sold to the public: we make the technology that Chevron uses to make those products.
What types of jobs are at the RTC?
We are truly a mix. While there is an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) roles – researchers who are chemists, chemical and mechanical engineers, among others – we also have a wide range of other jobs, such as our own patent lawyers and an on-site glass blower who creates specialized pieces of equipment for us.
Can you tell us more about the technologies the RTC produces?
The City of Richmond is really an innovation hub for Chevron’s worldwide operations. We generate about 50% of all patents being produced by Chevron globally. Specifically, we have produced the technology for high quality lubricating oils that help to make your car run more efficiently and therefore, help reduce emissions. Techron®, the gasoline additive you see at the gas pump, was also developed here.
What is your favorite part about your job?
I am happy and proud of the fact that we have really high quality employees. People here are truly skilled and do important things – like producing the technologies to create some of the cleanest lubricating oils on the market. There’s a principle at Chevron and the RTC to respect not only the employees but the community where we operate. Throughout my career I have seen everyone from leadership to contractors act responsibly and with integrity.
Are there any myths that you would like to dispel about Chevron?
Over my 36 years at Chevron, I know it to be a fact that this company has the utmost respect for its employees and the surrounding community. Companies like Chevron are truly a reflection of our people. Here, we think about every action in the context of how it will affect our employees and the community that we all share and work hard to protect.
What do you like about working in the Richmond area?
I grew up in New Jersey and came to the Bay Area for college, fell in love with the area haven’t moved since! Salute e Vita Ristorante is my favorite spot to eat in Richmond, and I recently went to the Rosie the Riveter museum and loved it. My mother and her two sisters worked to produce instruments for WWII in New Jersey – so in a way, my mother was a Rosie of the East Coast. It was neat to see that part of my family history connected to this West Coast home.