WWJ Closeup, December 2022

WILL KEYES, CWD
Southeast Regional Manager
Griffin Dewatering
Charlotte, North Carolina

THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT?
The groundwater industry is a service-based industry—take care of your customers, and you’ll always have work. This is the keystone to longevity and growth for any company, but it often falls to the wayside when the rig turns on.

HOW HAS BEING A CERTIFIED WELL DRILLER (CWD) BY NGWA HELPED YOU?
Becoming a Certified Well Driller with NGWA has really helped with networking within the drilling community. As we continue to grow industry awareness, whether it be in protecting groundwater or recruiting and training the next generation, the more people we can network with, the better our chances of success will be.

NEW DRILLING TECHNOLOGY YOU’RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
As a sonic driller, I’m excited to see what the manufacturers will be producing in the coming years to keep up with the ever-growing interest in sonic drilling technology. I’m also looking forward to the advancements in automation and how they will play out in the drilling industry.

NO. 1 ISSUE FACING THE GROUNDWATER INDUSTRY?
The groundwater industry isn’t seeing enough interest from the next generation. We need to provide clear career pathways for younger people and be sure they understand how important groundwater and drilling is to the economy.

YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCES FOR DRILLING?
Drillers, especially NGWA-certified drillers. If you have an experienced driller you can go to and ask advice about a difficult situation, they often can be the best resource. Most likely they have experience in any situation we may encounter and can tell you what changes you need to make.

HOW CAN DRILLING FIRMS RECRUIT THE NEXT GENERATION OF DRILLERS?
We’re not visible enough to the younger generations. We need to cater to their strong points and embrace their ideas, and then show the next generation that the drilling industry offers a career path with a high demand skill set. It will be a more collaborative effort among the generations moving forward.