Product Manager, Water Well Drills
Epiroc USA LLC
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED?
To find satisfaction in hard work—no matter how challenging it gets—and to soak up time with family and close friends when you have it. We are here for a short time, so we might as well find joy in each and every day we are gifted.
MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
Seeing a project or design start from an idea, to sketches and calculations, to formal drawings and CAD models, to parts being formed from raw material to assembly and testing, and then seeing it all come together as a product that people use to better their lives and others’ lives.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL SELF?
Less time in meetings and more time to do the fun stuff like testing new rigs and being out in the field.
WHAT NEW DRILLING TECHNOLOGY ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
As the water well industry moves more and more to automated drilling functions, I get excited about options like our hands-free rod loader on the Epiroc Diamondback that eliminates live work for the driller and improves the overall safety and efficiency of the drilling process.
MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR JOB?
It can be a challenge not to get pulled in too many directions at once. I believe it’s better to do a few things right and thorough than many things subpar. For me, this means organizing my day and making sure my tasks are well planned out with priority established.
WHAT ARE YOU HEARING MOST FROM CUSTOMERS?
With a construction industry ramp-up and many people moving away from the crowded cities, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t slowed down the water well industry. Epiroc has seen an influx of TH60 orders this year as many ramp up their schedules and lean on the dependability of the TH60 to keep up.
IMPORTANT TIP FOR SOMEONE IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW RIG?
Do your research. Have a good business plan. Buy within your means and what works best for your company. Consider how long you will keep a rig and its resale value. We see many businesses keeping their equipment on the newer side to keep fleets efficient, raise production, and keep crews safe.