Four years to ownership

Franklin Electric’s commitment to service is a global one, and I had the privilege of spending last week in Germany with my Field Service counterparts.

Germany places a great deal of emphasis on training and licensing. For example, a motorcycle was pointed out to me on the highway that was being closely followed by a specially-marked car. It turned out that this was a “student rider” undergoing training to obtain his motorcycle license. The driver of the car was actually the instructor and was linked to the rider via a radio intercom. This allowed the instructor to provide continuous feedback and input to the rider. It is just one part of the process to obtain a motorcycle license in Germany. If the rider successfully passes this course and obtains his license, he can then ride a “low horsepower” motorcycle for 2 years. After 2 years, he can then apply to ride a “higher horsepower” motorcycle.

This same approach applies to becoming a licensed well driller in Germany. If you choose well drilling as a career, your first 2 years will be as a “helper” under the watchful eye of an experienced drilling contractor. During that time, you’ll also attend 3 months of classroom training (Franklin Electric provides some of the instruction). After 2 years as a helper, you will then be designated as a “drilling apprentice” for another year. At the end of this third year, you will have earned the designation of “master well driller”. You can now go out and drill a well unsupervised. However, you still can’t own your own drilling company. That takes another year under your belt as a master well driller. So, after a total of 4 years, you are finally qualified to own a drilling company.

Is all of this too much and actually necessary? I don’t know the answer to that, but the next time you have to spend a few hours to get your “once a year” continuing education credits, perhaps the 4-year process above will make it seem a little less demanding.

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