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 Sean Opland of Cascade Environmental’s West Jordan, Utah, office. Opland appreciates a culture of safety in the industry, but also the opportunities drilling has given him.

“If I had known that this industry was here and that this was an opportunity for me to go and excel, I would have jumped on it immediately.”

Watch the video to hear Sean’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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