Swagelok Series: Claire Dobbertin

Headshot of Claire


View the introductionfirst and third stories in this series.


Claire Dobbertin (chemical engineering, 2013) was the president of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, and also the Society of Women Engineers during her time at Miami.  She is just as active and involved after graduation, having been hired into the Leadership Development Program at Swagelok. The program consists of four, six-month rotations with varying types of work and projects.

In her first rotation as a process engineer, Claire worked on a chemical process called ‘brass bright dipping.’ It involved the design of experiments for validation of chemistry, as well as documentation of why parameters were chosen and supply chain logistics.

In her second rotation as a project engineer, Claire’s projects involved working on electro-polishing of stainless steel products. During this rotation, Claire had the unique opportunity to supervise five interns.

During her third rotation, Claire worked as a manufacturing engineer, and assessed different machines and processes using Lean tools and principles. She evaluated which areas needed improvement or to justify the purchase of new equipment.

Claire is currently finishing her fourth rotation in a marketing position. Her main project was a study initiative for the Alternative Fuels Marketing group about the Hydrogen Market (production of hydrogen, distribution, and use as a fuel). Additionally, she had to understand the economics of the global market to see where Swagelok could sell products already being made, which products could be modified to sell to customers in the market, and if there were any large investments the company should be investigating.

After the completion of her fourth rotation, Claire will move into a roll as an off-shift Production Supervisor.

Claire, like fellow Swagelok employee and Miami alum Jordon Welle, is also involved in the Emerging Professionals program. She holds a leadership role as chair of one of the four committees (education, communications, social, and community involvement). The opportunity has given her the chance to meet people all across the organization and plan events.

Claire cites her involvement on Miami’s campus as a key tool in learning preliminary project planning techniques, how to network, and other soft skills.

Written by Sarah Mattina, student communications assistant