Everybody talks about a lack of good job candidates for skilled trades like drilling and construction. But veterans, as a group, can offer a lot of what drilling companies need — starting with a methodical, get-it-done approach to work. In episode 14, anchor Brock Yordy talks to Rob Meyer of Talon/LPE about his transition from the military to civilian workforce and the value of a veteran perspective.

Meyer says one value of military experience comes from having a cool head in tense, high-stakes situations.

“There’s a level of risk acceptance that never really leaves you — and viewing risks differently. Like, ‘Yeah, it’s risky, but that’s nothing compared to … whatever.’ ”

This episode covers:

  • National Trailer Safety Month
  • DOT inspections
  • Safety when loading, unloading drill pipe
  • The importance of load weight and balance
  • EPA/U.S. Army regional roundtables for WOTUS
  • Why drillers need to know about WOTUS
  • Recruiting veterans for drilling, construction jobs
  • Tips for avoiding complacency in drilling, construction work

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