Following is the energy story of Carl Naquin of Dulac, Louisiana:
What is your name, title/occupation, and where do you live?
Carl Naquin, Field Foreman, Dulac, Louisiana
Can you tell us a little about what your company does and your role?
Danos provides services to oil & gas companies. My role is most importantly to ensure the safety of personnel and the environment.
How long have you worked in the offshore energy industry?
What originally attracted you to the offshore energy industry, and what has kept you in the industry?
The money and the time off initially attracted me to the energy industry. The comradery and the challenge has kept me in the industry.
What types of job opportunities does your company offer? What skills make potential employees a good fit with the team?
Several- Danos offers production operators, crane operators, construction employees, sandblasters, etc… People have to be self-motivated, willing to learn and have a determination to succeed.
How much of a priority is worker safety and environmental stewardship for your company? Can you give an example of safety or environmental practices within your company?
TOP PRIORTY! For example, our company has Safe Work Practices. We can actually log into a website and read guidelines to help plan our jobs and keep the environment safe.
How has the industry changed in the last five years? Are there any new technologies or practices that you wish had previously existed?
The industry has changed more towards safety focused work, rather than results based work and Job Safety Audits have come a long way from how they used to be conducted.
What does your family do for fun when you are not working?
Commercial fishing, recreational fishing and recreational skeet shooting.
People who do not live along the Gulf Coast might not know about the fishing, beaches and other outdoor draws to the region. How much are the outdoors part of the way of life for energy workers along the Gulf of Mexico?
Ninety percent of my off time is spent outdoors. Either commercial fishing, recreational fishing, hunting or working in my yard.
Finally, what is the one thing you would like to tell Americans about life alongside America’s offshore energy production?
It is not for the faint of heart, but it is a very rewarding career.