Meet our Emerging Drillers. This video series honors models of success in trades like drilling so the next generation can see themselves operating heavy equipment, or in the important scientific and engineering work those operators execute or make possible. Featured here is Layne Sanchez of Statewide Drilling based in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Sanchez enjoys the variety involved with his pump install and service work.

“I like the fact that no two jobs are ever the same and there’s so many locations that most people don’t get to see. … But we do because we’re working on water wells for them.”

Watch the video to hear Layne’s story. Emerging Drillers are early-career professionals showing potential for leadership and long-term contributions to the industry. These Emerging Drillers may just inspire others to follow.

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