- Cascade Environmental
According to a Pew Research Center survey, 74% of Americans believe we “should do whatever it takes to protect the environment.” The problem is that most of us don’t know how to make a difference. People like Frank Egan, however, don’t have that problem—he’s a Technical Specialist at Cascade, working on remediation projects that clean contaminants from the ground. Although it isn’t the path he dreamed of as a kid, it is one that has provided Frank with a career he is proud of. In this blog post, Frank shares his background, how he ended up in environmental services, and what it’s like to work as a Technical Specialist.
As a child, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. I was very good and had played since I was 2. Like a lot of kids, though, I came to realize it wasn’t going to happen.
I was about 19 or 20 when a family friend asked if I wanted to work for him. I agreed, and have been working mostly in the environmental services industry ever since.
All my training and education came from hands-on experience in the field.
I had begun working in waste management as a garbage man, but wanted to get back into the environmental services industry. I went online and found Cascade. I applied, and it worked out—I’ve now been here more than two years!
A lot of mentorship comes from the older drillers. They’ve taught me how to determine the type of material I’m drilling in, or when I’m hitting rock. They’ve also shown me that no matter how good you are at your job, there is always something to be learned.
A typical day usually starts at 7 or 8 AM, and we start with a safety meeting to discuss the scope of work. Then, we go over the rig inspection checklist, make sure all the equipment is fueled up and ready to go, and confirm our PPE is correct. We check our surroundings, and if everything is clear we begin our day.
Around noon, we stop for a half-hour lunch, and then continue working until the end of the day.
Every day is different, though, with different times and sites involved.
It’s hard trying to explain to friends and family what I do because a lot of people don’t understand. I tell them we play with dirt and try to clean it up.
My advice would be to always be alert and watch your surroundings. This job can be dangerous.
Interested in learning more about becoming a Technical Specialist? Check out our current openings for more information.