Maintaining Work With a Newborn Baby

By John Boerstler

We had our first child, a little girl, in 2014 when we were still somewhat “spry” as 34 and 35 year-olds.  Four years later, we had our son, and I don’t know if it’s the effect of being 4 years older or the fact that we were 4 years out of practice, or the fact that we both have assumed more responsibility at work, we are worn out!  My wife is staying home from the office for 13 weeks to serve as the primary caregiver for our son but is still responding to supervisor and client correspondence. I’m still working full-time, unable to escape the inevitability of my team or our partners requesting my presence in meetings and events.  Even though the ‘operational tempo’ has been fast without a lot of sleep in caring for him, we’ve been able to maintain a good balance between caregiving and work. Here’s how we’ve done it in the first three months.

Coffee!  Yes, of course that’s a given but when you’re waking up at 3am and little man doesn’t want to go back to sleep so you start start on work projects on your laptop using one hand and rocking or cradling him in the other, good, strong coffee is an absolute must.  I recommend ordering Black Rifle Coffee Company which can easily be ordered and shipped for free within 2 days (including weekends!) on Amazon Prime.  Besides being incredible coffee, Black Rifle is also a veteran-owned business so I never pass up a chance to buy veteran first!

At first we did the typical both wake up in response to baby crying or grunting or moving or well, making any sort of noise while in the Halo swivel bassinet next to our bed. After learning that you want to start training your newborn to sleep in their crib as early as possible from our first child, we moved him out of our room and out of the bassinet to his crib within two weeks and employed a remote Motorola baby monitor to respond to feeding time.  Another lesson learned from our daughter that we used with our newborn son was replacing the standard issue crib mattress with a much more comfortable Graco crib mattress plus a simple bed wedge underneath to elevate him for better burping after feeding.  You can find most of these items on Amazon, by the way, and having Amazon Prime was a savior this time around as our son came earlier than anticipated, leaving us less time to prepare the amenities in his room, to include having to buy a new changing table last minute.  

In terms of keeping up with work, I rely on a variety of tools to help my ensure my foggy new Dad memory doesn’t fail me in meeting deadlines or maintaining productivity.  For example, I use Evernote to track all of my important projects, meeting notes, ideas, strategic plans, and all of my hopes and dreams.  

Speaking of my foggy new Dad memory, we rely on the Google Home app and assistant to help us add items to our grocery shopping list, find out the weather forecast, and traffic jams in the mornings.  

Ok, back to Evernote.  It’s a dynamic app that allows you to type notes, save links and articles, take pictures of hand-written notes from meetings – which allows for keyword search ability even if your handwriting is bad like mine. The premium subscription isn’t much at all and totally worth the peace of mind.  At NextOp, we are proud Google Apps for Small Business users meaning Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Calendar all help us drive our business and allows us to access everything on-the-go from the road recruiting veterans into industry careers.  Productivity reigns when you don’t have to wait for antiquated systems to download your email, sync your calendars or queue your calendar when you’re operating such a fast-paced, lean team of amazing people.

So, whether you’re a new mom or dad seeking some solutions on how to stay productive as a valuable teammate while also ensuring you’re meeting the needs of your newborn baby, there are tons of products and apps out there to try out. Send us some of the items you’ve used and had success with so we can share them with our community!

I hope you are off to a great 2019 and cheers to sleep in between baby and work!


Lieutenant Commander Oscar J. Tolmas Louisiana Veteran Employment Program

NextOp is pleased to announce that the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust has made a significant investment in our program in Louisiana. In 2018, 100 military veterans successfully transitioned to careers after their work with NextOp. This work was made possible in large part due do the generosity of this donation.

To recognize this investment we have chosen to name our program the Lieutenant Commander Oscar J. Tolmas Louisiana Veteran Employment Program.

Oscar Tolmas had a very close tie to the work we do here at NextOp. After graduating from law school, Oscar enlisted in the United States Navy and participated in World War II in the Pacific Ocean. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. We appreciate his service, and his commitment to supporting his fellow veterans.


Tips for a Smoother Transition

By Khris E. Cabanas

The transition from military to civilian life can feel like a grueling experience, but it doesn’t have to be if you plan it right ahead of time. My transition from the Army back in March of 2017 had its ups and downs, yet it all fell back on my preparation for transition out of the military. The ups came from prior planning, and the downs came from overlooking the small things that can make a huge difference in your life as you integrate back into the “civilian world”.  Here are a few tips that you can use to smooth out your transition.

1. Start Saving Money Now!

As soon as you set your mind that you are ready to start the next chapter in your life, you should start saving and cutting out unnecessary costs out of your budget. The beauty about the military is that in most cases, you know when your last day in the military is. Realistically you want at least 3 months of pay (on the low end) to cover your living costs depending on how long it takes you to jump into your next role. Personally, I didn’t have a new source of income for four months, so the money that I saved before leaving the military helped me and my family live comfortably before going back to work.

2. Deciding on Work or School?

Are you going back to school, or are you going straight into the workforce? Maybe both? Either choice, you may run into a couple of setbacks without proper planning. For me, I was stuck in between of which route to take, so I did both. However, during my transition I attended as many career fairs as possible to not only look for a job, but to see if I was even qualified to do the jobs that I was interested in. Yes, we gain and learn a lot of skills in the military, but some jobs do require a college education, certifications, or licensing. One thing that I did overlook was purchasing professional attire. Since I was so use to wearing a uniform every day, I overlooked buying professional attire for interviews, and career fairs. Again, it is the little things that can make a huge difference during your transition. I did all my shopping on Amazon to find my professional attire. I found some very great deals by doing my shopping there. You can check out where I bought my slacks here and my polos here. You can also sign up for NextOp Veterans services, so that you can be connected with an employment coordinator who may be able to help you on your decision to pursue work or school. Our experienced team have transitioned from the military, been on the job market, went back to college or managed to do both. You can sign up here.

3. Networking

Make sure that you are staying connected with your fellow service members who have transitioned before you since they can usually offer you great advice as well on making your transition much smoother. Make a LinkedIn account! If you are not on LinkedIn, then you are wrong. We live in a digital age where technology is prevailing, so you can either can get on the train or get left behind. It has been estimated that 70% of new hires came directly from referrals, or who you know. It may be a tough pill to swallow, but it is the truth. Remember, it isn’t always about networking to get a job. The connections you make with other professionals will help you along your professional journey in the workforce as well.

4. Be Resilient

Even with perfect planning setbacks will still arise that our out of your control. You need to be flexible and remember the resiliency skills that you learned in the military. I learned early on in my transition not to dwell on the things that I couldn’t change and to keep pushing towards my end goal of gaining employment. Everyone will hit a roadblock or two. However, it is how you get through those obstacles and continue to move toward your goals. Also, remember (if you are married with kids) your family is going through this transition with you as well. Include your spouse and kids on the decisions you are making. I overlooked this aspect of transitioning and forgot that my spouse and children were feeling some of the same feelings that I felt.

No matter where you are in your transition from the military, remember that you aren’t the first, nor the last to leave the military. You can do this! You set your mind on leaving the military, because you were ready for your NextOp. So, go out and do great things in your community, and show them the value that veterans bring to the table.


NextOp Veterans Receives Grant from The Bob Woodruff Foundation

Houston, TX, November 27, 2018 – NextOp, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a generous grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to support NextOp’s Veteran Employment Program. This grant will help improve NextOp’s survey response rate, data collection, and analysis to understand NextOp outcomes better and to describe the impact of NextOp’s program beyond job placement. The overall goal and mission of NextOp is to recruit, train, and place high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders into industry careers. This would not be possible without the assistance we receive from foundations like the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

“We’ve focused our investments on programs that meet the urgent and emerging needs of the military-veteran community,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, Executive Director at the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We’re excited that this Fall’s grant recipients represent a balance of both programs new to BWF and also longstanding partners, with whom we effectively address our priorities for this year and beyond. These outcome-oriented programs all help ensure that the Post-9/11 community will thrive after service.”

“Support like this makes it possible for NextOp to continue to serve our veteran community. We thank the Bob Woodruff Foundation for this generous grant and for their commitment to help nonprofits who serve our nation’s veterans.” stated NextOp Executive Director John Boerstler.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation is committed to creating long-lasting positive outcomes for our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured veterans, service members, families, and caregivers. BWF leverages its expertise and collaborative network to find, fund and shape innovative programs that help our impacted veterans, service members and their families thrive.

About the Bob Woodruff Foundation

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans. To date, BWF has invested more than $57 million to Find, Fund and Shape™ programs that have empowered impacted veterans, service members, and their families.

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Anna Bowers at (832) 735-0051 or email at anna@nextopvets.org.


NextOp Receives Donation from Amegy Bank


Schlumberger: Equipment Operator in Midland, TX

Schlumberger

Opportunity Title: Equipment Operator
Location: Midland, TX

Closed Date: Until Filled

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Schlumberger is the world’s leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. Working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry’s most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions for hydrocarbon recovery that optimize reservoir performance.

Job Description

The Equipment Operator performs all kinds of jobs, with assigned equipment and people, safely and efficiently. The Operator provides service delivery with flawless service quality and no Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) incidents in accordance with policies, standards, and procedures. The position reports to the Supervisor.

Successful Equipment Operators are adaptable, show initiative, and have good written and verbal communication skills. They work well in teams and are curious and willing to learn new skills.

Responsibilities:

Ensures that the correct equipment and materials arrive on time on location, and are rigged up, tested and ready to perform the job. Ability to rig up/rig down equipment including high pressure rated equipment. Attends pre job meetings with team, customer and third party personnel. Performs risk analysis before each job or task and identifies and addresses potential safety hazards. Corrects and reports hazards immediately. Ensures preventive maintenance on equipment is performed as per standards and that unit is in safe, clean and proper working condition for the next service job. Performs inspections and self-assessments to ensure compliance with standards. Complies with all HS&E, Quality, and IT standards and policies and participates in HS&E and Quality initiatives and programs.

Minimum Requirements

Qualifications:

High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED). Minimum 3 years’ experience as a skilled operator or equivalent military experience. Basic PC literacy and experience with Microsoft Office Suite desirable. Class A CDL (or equivalent country qualification) clean driving record with HAZMAT preferred. Candidates must be able to legally work and reside in the country of employment, without sponsorship.

Schlumberger is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

Schlumberger is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor—priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

North America: Successful applicants in will be employed through a Schlumberger approved third-party contracting company and assigned to Schlumberger projects. In certain circumstances, contractors may be considered for direct employment by Schlumberger as vacancies arise, and according to performance.

All applicants must meet NextOp’s minimum program requirements:

  • Post 9/11 Veteran
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Able to pass a Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Have a Valid Drivers License and Driving Record
  • E-7 and Below

HOW TO APPLY

Fill out the Veteran Application Form at this link.


Schlumberger: Maintenance Technician Electronics in Midland, TX

Schlumberger

Opportunity Title: Maintenance Technician Electronics
Location: Midland, TX

Closed Date: Until Filled

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Schlumberger is the world’s leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. Working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry’s most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions for hydrocarbon recovery that optimize reservoir performance.

Job Description

The Maintenance Technician Electronics is a specialized technician who follows a specific training program and is a member of the maintenance team with the important role of maintaining the reliability of our equipment. The Maintenance Technician Electronics is responsible for doing the modifications, corrective and preventive maintenance to minimize the failures in electronic equipment in order to prevent either lost time or poor quality data by ensuring that their assigned equipment is maintained as per Maintenance Standards.

Relationships: The Maintenance Technician Electronics reports directly to the Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager.

Previous Experience and Competencies:

The Maintenance Technician Electronics should be hired with a 2 years technical degree. The employee must have the ability to formulate thought processes necessary for an efficient troubleshooting. This position requires the ability to communicate with supervisors and lower seniority technician to share his knowledge.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

People & Training

  • Participates in advanced schools and seminars related to his/her expertise, for refreshing and actually sharing his knowledge with the maintenance team, ensures his/her post training is accurately recorded.
  • Keeps current with new Wireline equipment and technology and updated maintenance methods.
  • Promotes the importance of Data and Service Quality within the maintenance community.
  • Understands and complies with Schlumberger’s rules and regulations.
  • Assists the development and coaching of less senior Technicians.
  • Assists the other team members (FE/FS, Operators…) with the maintenance sections of their training program.

Process & Equipment

  • Ensures all assigned equipment is continually maintained at shop with highest standards, resulting in proper functionality and minimum failures.
  • Performs Quality checks and modifications strictly as per procedure and according to the defined schedule.
  • Efficiently troubleshoots and repairs assigned equipment.
  • Participates in Root Cause Analysis of failures.
  • Records all maintenance and failure events immediately and accurately.
  • Drives their workflow and ensures data entry is accurate, timely and honest.
  • Actively uses InTouch Support both for technical solutions and for knowledge sharing.
  • Makes recommendations to supervisors on requirements for spare parts, test equipment and tools necessary for efficient maintenance.
  • Support technically the location on his / her expertise.

Quality & HSE

  • Promotes a culture of safety awareness within the maintenance community.
  • Ensures his/her work areas are safe, clean and orderly at all times.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality of Schlumberger and client information.
  • Follows the company policies and procedures on health, safety and environment.
  • Supports Management efforts to minimize general and Segment-specific Quality and HSE risks and promotes respect, understanding and adherence to safety regulations.
  • Conducts unsafe and hazardous situation audits / identification.
  • Uses QUEST to report RIR and for follow up on action items.
  • Understands and actively applies the SLB LTI/AA Prevention Plan.

All applicants must meet NextOp’s minimum program requirements:

  • Post 9/11 Veteran
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Able to pass a Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Have a Valid Drivers License and Driving Record
  • E-7 and Below

HOW TO APPLY

Fill out the Veteran Application Form at this link.


Schlumberger: Maintenance Technician Mechanical in Midland, TX

Schlumberger

Opportunity Title: Maintenance Technician Mechanical
Location: Midland, TX

Closed Date: Until Filled

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Schlumberger is the world’s leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. Working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry’s most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions for hydrocarbon recovery that optimize reservoir performance.

Job Description

The Maintenance Technician Mechanical performs and documents the routine and advanced mechanical and electronic repairs, troubleshooting and diagnosis, and proactive maintenance of Well Services equipment. The Technicians are Mechatronic Specialists who should work to develop advanced technical expertise in both electronics and mechanics. The Maintenance Technician Mechanical assists with the supervision, training and development of all maintenance personnel.

Relationships

The Maintenance Technician Mechanical reports directly to the Maintenance Supervisor (MSV) or Maintenance Manager (GMM).

People & Training

  • Participates in advanced schools and seminars related to his/her expertise, for refreshing and actually sharing his/her knowledge with the maintenance team, ensures his/her post training is accurately recorded.
  • Trains, develops and mentors Mechanical and Electronic Technician Trainees and Mechanical/Electronic Technicians 1 and 2 to develop skills and knowledge for career development.
  • Coaches Equipment Operators/FS/FE’s in the correct STEM-I procedures
  • Trains personnel on STEM-I, and performs STEM II & III on all company mechanical & electronic equipment at the District.
  • Completes Learning Objects in LMS and other requirements for promotion to next career level as per SCDP (General Maintenance Technician (GMT)).
  • Uses Company tools (InTouch, Maintenance Bulletins, Technical Alerts, OSP website, etc.) to keep up-to-date on new equipment, technology and maintenance issues.

Minimum Requirements

Process & Equipment

  • Assists maintenance supervisor in promoting job safety, ordering parts, maintaining spares inventory, preventative maintenance reporting, auditing of third-party suppliers, and with the planning and operating of the maintenance department.
  • Performs daily unsupervised routine & advanced maintenance (mechanical & electronic) & well-site calls on WS equipment. Performs & promotes the WS STEM program.
  • Performs safe and proper operation of WS equipment in assigned District for maintenance purposes only. Can explain the operational and technical characteristics of WS equipment and well site-specific performance requirements.
  • Continues to develop self in mechanical and electronic maintenance techniques and equipment to improve mechatronic competency.
  • Communicates, reports and documents suggestions, ideas, lessons-learned, and best practices for continuous improvement.
  • Uses Fleet Assistant for the planning, execution and documentation of maintenance activities in the District. This includes, but is not limited to, parts purchasing and budget control, labor tracking, warranty claims, planned maintenance scheduling and repair orders.

Quality & HSE

  • Follows the company policies and procedures on quality, health, safety and environment and maintains required Quality and HSE certifications up-to-date.
  • Promotes a culture of safety awareness within the maintenance community.
  • Actively participates in Quality and HSE initiatives & programs (e.g. SOIM’s, Risk Assessments, Quality Improvements, Emergency Response Plan, HSE & SQ Objectives, LPT & SQC).
  • Ensures his/her work areas are safe, clean and orderly at all times and performs housekeeping duties as part of the maintenance team to maintain cleanliness in shop area. Wears all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.
  • Supports Management efforts to minimize general and Segment-specific Quality and HSE risks and promotes respect, understanding and adherence to safety regulations.
  • Promotes and participates in job risk analysis and continual improvement programs in the District. Uses QUEST to document RIR’s for HSE and SQ issues and develop action items.
  • Assists the Maintenance Staff in ensuring clean, orderly and safe working conditions in the workshop and disposal of waste according to properly conducted methods.

Previous Experience and Competencies:

Experience: The Maintenance Technician Mechanical should be hired with a 2 years technical degree. The employee must have the ability to formulate thought processes necessary for an efficient troubleshooting.

All applicants must meet NextOp’s minimum program requirements:

  • Post 9/11 Veteran
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Able to pass a Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Have a Valid Drivers License and Driving Record
  • E-7 and Below

HOW TO APPLY

Fill out the Veteran Application Form at this link.


Schlumberger: Perforating Pump Down Field Specialist/Supervisor in Midland, TX

Schlumberger

Opportunity Title: Perforating Pump Down Field Specialist/Supervisor
Location: Midland, TX

Closed Date: Until Filled

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Schlumberger is the world’s leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. Working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry’s most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions for hydrocarbon recovery that optimize reservoir performance.

Job Description

The Field Specialist will perform wireline engineering services, in particular Perforating Pump Down services, in accordance with Schlumberger’s safety and operational standards. The primary responsibility of Field Specialists is to deliver high quality services to our clients.

He/She is responsible for ensuring pre-job engineering tasks and dispatching of equipment is complete. Furthermore, he/she will assist with the operation and maintenance of wireline equipment at the job site; provide technical review of designs and operate and maintain specialized and proprietary equipment at the job site; and complete client service packets and data acquisition. The Field Specialist is directly responsible in ensuring the quality of service delivered at the wellsite, in terms of safety, quality and efficiency of operation, is up to standard. He/She will be a team member in a cell and provide the direct supervision to a group of 3-6 equipment operators on/off the well site. As a Field Specialist, the employee will ensure that the maintenance and treatment of equipment are successfully executed in accordance with Schlumberger’s specialized standards; complete training modules to maintain company professionalism and facilitate career development; as well as participate in the improvement of operations and safety.

Minimum Requirements

A non-comprehensive list of tasks include:

  • Simultaneous Winch & Perforation operations
  • Depth Control & Correlation
  • Perforating gun arming & disarming
  • Perforating gun maintenance & breakdown
  • BATFE and district specific guidelines for handling of explosives
  • Well head equipment (WHE) operations
  • Rig up and Rig down involving WHE
  • Crane Operations
  • Client interactions
  • Leading JSA & Safety meetings
  • Job coordination with other segments

Relationships:

The Field Specialist reports to the Field Service Manager (or the Engineer-in-Charge).

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

People

  • Organize and participate actively in the training of his/her operators.
  • Support the training of Junior Field Specialists and crew assigned to his/her cell.
  • Attend to his/her personal development by following the Fixed Step Training program or post General Field Specialist (GFS) development programs, as applicable.

Processes

  • To follow and uphold all Schlumberger QHSE standards and promote their understanding and adherence.
  • To control quality of our service during all phases of the operation and ensure products of highest quality are delivered to the client.
  • To perform all reporting duties concerning the field operations, accurately and in a timely manner.

Equipment

  • To ensure that the status of all equipment assigned to his/her cell is reported and kept up to date
  • To ensure that supplies are available at the well-site to perform the operation

Previous Experience and Competencies

  • 2 to 3 year technical college associate degree or equivalent oilfield experience as a field supervisor in wireline, slickline or coil tubing services.

All applicants must meet NextOp’s minimum program requirements:

  • Post 9/11 Veteran
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Able to pass a Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Have a Valid Drivers License and Driving Record
  • E-7 and Below

HOW TO APPLY

Fill out the Veteran Application Form at this link.


NextOp Receives Donation from Waste Management

Houston — February 27, 2018– NextOp, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from Waste Management to support NextOp’s innovative veteran employment programming.

The overall goal and mission of NextOp is to recruit, train and place high-performing military leaders into industry careers, which would not be possible without the assistance received from corporations like Waste Management. The NextOp Employment Program has placed over 1,000 veterans into industry careers since launching in March 2015.

With this grant, NextOp Veterans will be able to successfully guide more veterans through their post-military transition and place them into their next career.

At Waste Management, they place special emphasis on hiring veterans. In 2017, they hired 1,053 veterans into a wide spectrum of positions which accounted for 8.6 percent of their U.S. hires. They are proud to exceed federal VEVRAA and USERRA hiring standards every year.

“Many of our veterans have extensive operations and logistics skills and experience from their time in service.  NextOp’s collaboration with Waste Management will help our team match more of our highly skilled military candidates with great careers in their many locations and lines of business,” stated NextOp Executive Director John Boerstler.

Wes Reel from Waste Management talent acquisition states, “Waste Management considers military veterans a valuable population for talent because of the many tangible (training and experience) and intangible (work ethic and character) qualities they bring to us. Additionally, certain fields from the military translate particularly well, such as military ground transportation, vehicle fleet maintenance and construction/engineering.”

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Anna Jimenez at (832) 735-0051 or email at anna@nextopvets.org.