Building Hydrocarbon Bonds

David Vaucher writes about creating bonds within and outside of the energy business.
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How is your “professional hygiene” routine?

Just as you wouldn’t go to bed without brushing your teeth (right?…) here are a few good habits you should work into your regular routine, daily, then weekly, monthly and yearly.  More »
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Protecting the term “engineer”, part 2

The piece I wrote last week on doing more to protect the title of “engineer” drew a really heated response, so much so that I thought the matter merited a follow up post with some clarifications.  More »
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For the sake of the profession, let’s do more to protect the term “engineer”

I’m on vacation this week, and so far I’m enjoying not doing anything much other than staring at the beautiful view out of my window, and taking long walks in the countryside. Once I touch down back in Houston, I’m back to work, and back to the process of studying for the Professional Engineer (PE) […]  More »
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Take advantage of a “Golden Age” of free instruction

Fast forward a few decades, and we are now living in a golden age of knowledge transmission. Indeed, with social media, blogs, television, podcasts and the like, it is possible to reach all corners of the globe with very little effort. The other side of that coin is that is very easy for you to BE REACHED by some of the brightest minds in business.  More »
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Microsoft, Lebron James, Greatness and Career Security

In just the past 10 days or so, two completely opposite yet totally related sequences of events took place which perfectly illustrate how you should carry yourself and think about your professional career if you wish to maximize your job security.  More »
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The importance of pursuing industry-recognized licenses and certifications

Career advancement comes from developing both your soft skills and your technical ones, and industry certifications are a fantastic way of developing and proving the latter.  More »
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Furthering your education while you work in oil & gas? Before you start, here’s what you should know

You’ve done some great work in the oil & gas industry, but you get that feeling that you really need some more education (an MBA, a technical Master’s) not only to bolster your own skill set, but also signal to your colleagues and managers that you’ve got the credentials necessary for that “next level”.  More »
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Technical or managerial track? A common dilemma for young professionals…

The dilemma is one I hear often from young professional engineers in the oil & gas industry: should I pursue a technical track or a managerial track, and should I pursue either with an operator or a service company?  More »
Jobs in cold, muddy conditions - like this WORKOVER JOB on a WORKOVER RIG in Canada - are THE. WORST.

For some people, the “Great Crew Change” can’t come fast enough

Because people like this are EXACTLY why accidents continue to happen in the oilfield.  More »
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3 lessons the medical establishment can learn from the oil & gas industry

My dad’s fight with cancer really changed my thinking about how I approached my career, relations with my family and friends, and aspects of the oil & gas industry I’d never considered very much, namely the health of its workforce. One aspect I HAVE considered at length is that of the safety of the workforce:  […]  More »
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Update on the Digital Tallybook project (video)

Eventually I would like to create what I call a “closed loop” solution, whereby things like job procedures are stored in the cloud, an engineer can download those to and modify them on a tablet, and beam them to a wearable device.  More »
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The oil & gas industry has a culture of safety, what about a culture of health?

Make no mistake, working in this industry is, for many people – I’m thinking here of field personnel specifically – not just a job but actually a lifestyle: it can become all-consuming, to the point where one submits completely to their work and a return from the field signifies not a return to normal life, but just a temporary pause in the work cycle.  More »
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