Water Well Journal

December 2015

Water Well Journal

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If your driller suddenly retires, will you have to retrain your entire crew? By Lana Straub S eeking a college education after high school is a pretty new phenomenon. Prior to the past two generations, skilled trade professions were popular among those seeking a career where they could learn a trade from either trade school or working as an apprentice. This is how a majority of the skills were passed on in the early days of the water well drilling profession. Skills were passed from neighbor to neighbor, father to son or daughter. This was especially true in family-owned or smaller drilling companies. However, times have changed. Some construction in- dustries are suffering a great loss of talented craftsmen and craftswomen as baby boomers retire. In some circles, especially in the oil and gas industry, they are referring to this phenomenon as the "Great Crew Change." In February 2015, the American Petroleum Institute released a report, "Energy Works for America," where they outlined what the Great Crew Change will mean to oil and gas. THE GREAT DRILLING CREW CHANGE: AS BOOMERS RETIRE, WHAT'S NEXT? (COVER STORY) 20 December 2015 WWJ waterwelljournal.com

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