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The EERC welcomes Research Instrumentation Technician Jess O’Brien to the EERC family. Jess installs, maintains, repairs, and operates instruments and equipment used in field-, pilot-, and bench-scale testing for client-driven research and projects.

He also participates in research work, including assisting with test programs, adapting equipment for nonstandard applications, and developing new sampling technologies. Jess holds A.A.S. degrees in Instrumentation and Control and Telecommunications from Bismarck State College.

Originally from Dickinson, North Dakota, Jess first became aware of the field of instrumentation and control while taking general college courses. After he talked to professors in the field, he knew he would enjoy the work, so he pursued it as a career.

“I really enjoy the work environment,” says Jess of the EERC. “Everyone is very friendly and willing to help if you ask.”

In his spare time, Jess likes to ride his motorcycle, hunt, and fish.