Oceaneering is devoted to creating a talented, diverse, and inclusive workforce. The Women in Technology series, presented in partnership with the Oceaneering Women’s Network, highlights the women contributing to our company’s technological advances. In this series, we discover what makes their jobs rewarding and what advice they have for the next generation of engineers.


Barbara Fealani is the Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Advisor for Oceaneering’s Hanover, Maryland location. The most rewarding part of her position is her ability to impact employees through her commitment to workplace safety.

“At the end of the day, I’d like to think I’ve provided an employee with useful or valuable knowledge that will enable them to work safer in all they do.”

She adds, “It makes me feel good when they share that knowledge with someone else.’

Barbara described coming to work at Oceaneering as one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

“My position as HSE Advisor involves meeting with every employee in Hanover. It challenges me to be my best and move out of my comfort zone regularly. I am inspired by the diversity of our business, the incredible talent I work with daily, and dedication in getting the job done right by involving safety.”

The biggest challenge for Barbara throughout her career has been public speaking.

“I continue to work on this challenge by focusing on the task at hand, preparing ahead of time and being ready to present.”

Barbara said that the next generation of women pursuing the technology and safety fields should embrace working outside of their comfort zone because they’ll be amazed at what they can accomplish.

“My advice to a new safety professional is to be patient and listen, be positive but firm in your delivery even if its uncomfortable to do so. Find that balance that allows you to be the coworker that you would enjoy working with. As a professional, whatever your job is, it’s a journey not a destination and improving yourself along the way makes you better.”

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