What an exciting two weeks!
Our OPS team just wrapped up our version of "Boot Camp" with three new team members. I had the pleasure of observing three really sharp individuals with diverse backgrounds in geology, chemistry, and biology as they participated in two weeks of intense classroom and practical training. Upon successful completion of their training, they will be ready for the busy end-of-year schedule.
Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear navy, and a distant mentor is credited with saying "you can't supervise a lack of knowledge." This guiding principle has been one of the foundations of the COLUMBIA team since its inception. Building on this principle our boot camp emphasizes the principles of operation for all our direct sensing instruments, proper use of standard operating procedures, maintenance, troubleshooting, and accurate field data recording.
The team now adds OSHA health and safety and Red Cross first aid certifications. Then they head to field operations under the watchful eye of our senior geochemist where they each will complete a series of practical factors for each step of site assessment on a variety of sites. The final step in their qualification is a written exam covering a wide range of topics encountered during their training. Upon successful completion of the program, we will be proud to welcome them as fellow employee-owners of COLUMBIA Technologies.
If you are fortunate to have these wonderful folks on your site in the near future please wish them well and provide your own piece of training for them. They are the key to providing the data you can trust!