New job and done with school

DClights

New Member
Well I went to Michigan for an interview on the 21st of April with a company called Parsons in Breckenridge, Mi. I was called two weeks later and notified I got job. I spent Two weeks of working with possibly the worst HR department in the world. I graduated college on the 7th of may then loaded a uhaul trailer with all my belongings drove six hours north with the T fully loaded and a medium sized uhaul hitched on I got the worst gas mileage ever. I spent one week finding an apartment moving into it and studying for an OSHA Hazwoper certification course. I now have lived in this new apartment for almost a month and have been working for Parsons Corp. for the same amount of time. I have as stated in the other thread put 100,250 miles on my Titan as of this afternoon.



Parsons is a international company based out of Pasadena. They got their start in 1944 doing environmental work. Now they do everything from manage the building of skyscrapers to bridges and water lines. I am working for them in Breckenridge, Mi doing oil field remediation. Starting in the 30's Mid-Michigan had an oil boom they were pumping thousands of barrels a day. In total for the area they pumped 160,384,000 barrels from 1929 til 1942 of drilling in the area. But oil was being pumped here in a big way til the early 70's. The company that pumped the majority of the wells in the area was called Pure Oil which was later bought out by Unocal/76. Which is now owned by Chevron. Pure was quite lax in there post drilling efforts and left many wells open. This caused oil and other chemicals from the drilling process to leak into the ground. My employer is supposed to clean all that up and make it like it should have been years ago. This job was started in the late 90's and will go on til 2020-2025. I do a lot of soil sampling as a guy from another company runs a large excavator digging up all the dirt that has been impacted by oil. I like the work I like being around heavy equipment all day. I miss getting down in the hole and working with my hands like I did when I installed water line but this allows me to save my back and the rest of my body from years of pain down the road.



Chevron is very serious about safety. I have to wear the orange hardhat seen below everyday for the next six months and I am not allowed to be out of site of my mentor. The titan will also be saved through this job as this coming week I get a company vehicle. I put in over 80 resumes all over the country mostly on the internet through websites belonging to individual companies and places such as monster. Everywhere I go I look at the names on the sides of trucks and I applied to many of those. But I was really lucky and a friend from college works for the same company and recruited me. I could not be happier with where I am the last month and a half has been pretty hectic but it was all worth it. I enjoy living in a new and different state and meeting new people and doing a new and entirely different job then I ever have before. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/003.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt006' /> <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/003.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' /> The only thing I am worried about currently is the upcoming winter. I hear that winter hear is colder and longer than anywhere else I have lived. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/010.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt010' />
 

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krh2

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To think it was just 6 short years ago you were gettin bashed on TT for your Dad buyin you a fully loaded T. Then a ban, now here. Love it! Thanks for posting Doug. Doug and I talk occaisionaly via phone/text/facebook.. I knew he had a job and asked him to post an update. Thanks my man! Oh, pics of your work do not suck!



BTW, your GF move with you? I remember my first apartment. Dad said either pay rent or get out. I got out at 18. 28 years, 4 kids, yadda yadda no regrets..... Well, a few... Congrats Jr. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/023.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt006' />
 

honeykeeper

New Member
Glad you finished school and got a job so soon. It's all a down hill slide from here......j/k....




Get a girlfriend for the winter and you'll be just fine......and get some skis of all types..you'll need them.



Congrats. on all the success now and in the future.
 

DClights

New Member
Kev and Tom thank you. I am very lucky and I am aware of it. I do not think I could have found a better job for myself.



Tom- If I knew how to ski I would. The thing about Michigan is that it is as flat as a pancake from the glaciation. So unless they were crosscountry skis or snow shoes I am unsure of their purpose.



Kev below as you asked:



The first picture is the Caterpillar 345B excavator that excavates the oil impacted soil on my site. We run three digs when we have the staff otherwise we cut back to 2. This is the dig I am on. He is filling trucks that will deliver this soil to the landfarm. The second is the dozer that does the backfill at the end of the day. The third picture is the Case tractor that disturbs the soil at the landfarm where we convert the soil from impacted to un-impacted. Then we are able to reuse it to backfill later on.
 

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mcginkleschmidt

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DC, congrats on finishing school and getting a new job. Now your real education begins as the college degree is just a beginning of the learning process.



Never forget the method used of landing your first job, that of networking through your acquaintances, and keep developing and fine tuning the networking process as you go along, not just when you are job seeking.



During my entire working career in sales, I was always provided a vehicle as part of my job. A company vehicle is a good perk to have and it saves you a bunch of money.



Keep us apprized of how the job is going. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/023.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt006' />
 

scottsbro23

New Member
DAYUM! Congrats Doug! Sucks you gotta have the "FNG" stickers on your lid. Then again OSHA aint no joke. lol
 

DClights

New Member
JD-Thanks

MC-Thanks for the advice. I will agree one hundred percent that it is all true. I would not have this job if a friend had not mentioned something on facebook. If it had been left to the internet, and big international companies I would currently be cleaning sewers for my dad.

Scuba-Thanks. I hate the stickers and they are not osha required they are Chevron required.

Steves-Thanks.
 

mdawg4x4

New Member
Congrats on the job. Should you decide to use that new found income to buy a new T, let me know. I'll hook you up with a friends of employee discount. In addition, I think I saw an add on tv for up to $7350 cash back on a new T right now during the great tent event.
 

honeykeeper

New Member
and if you need a solar/wind hybrid generating system with a dc/ac battery back-up/inverter base let me know.....

no job too small or big and not many have more experience to me......
...that's still alive~!!!~
 

krh2

Administrator
[quote name='mdawg4x4' timestamp='1307764309' post='161086']

Congrats on the job. Should you decide to use that new found income to buy a new T, let me know. I'll hook you up with a friends of employee discount. In addition, I think I saw an add on tv for up to $7350 cash back on a new T right now during the great tent event.

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To think i paid 32k cash for my 04 SE... :(
 

mcginkleschmidt

Active Member
[quote name='krh2' timestamp='1307825048' post='161088']

To think i paid 32k cash for my 04 SE... :(

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There were no incentives from Nissan when I purchased my 2004 SE King Cab Titan back on 3/30/2004. My truck's sticker price was $25, 960 and I ended up paying $23,781.48 before taxes. I paid cash too, well, actually it was a check.



$7,350 is a great discount but I'm sure that is for a fully loaded LE Titan with a sticker price of about $45K. Over the past seven years since I've owned my Titan, I've seen rebates as high as $5K on Titans similar to mine. Maybe I should have waited to buy. Naaaahhhhh!



DC, if I were in your shoes, I shine my Titan up and keep it. As long as it is running good, there's no reason to sink a bunch of cash or saddle yourself with payments on a new Titan. Now that you're being paid big-boy wages with your new job, and company vehicle, invest your loose change into things that accrue value over time, unlike new vehicles that quickly lose value.
 

DClights

New Member
Thanks Mdawg but I am just starting out. I find spending 150 on groceries every two weeks is a great deal. Right now I am paying the most of my bills on my own. Plus the titan I have now I have worked out all the kinks. I have got it personalized just the way I want it. Plus titans, and all foreign cars here are a rare breed. I am in American car country here and you get weird looks for having a foreign vehicle. I am about half an hour from a GM powertrain facility. EVERYBODY here has an opinion about vehicle manufacturers cause they all have a relative who works or did work for one of the big 3. HK I live in an apartment and although I may want to save a lot of money on my power I do not think land lords like you installing things on their apartment buildings. Heck he gives me directions as to how to put in a window unit air conditioner (even if I only need it for 3 months of the year haha). I am putting a big piece of each check into a 401k and and a savings account. Central Michigan thanks to Dow Chemical is pretty expensive. The rest of the area around Dow chemical to the south-west is why I am here the ground is full of oil and drilling chemicals. Parsons being a big business I could be in Texas or California or even overseas two years from now. They do alot of work with landfills that have chemicals leaching into the soil, chemical or manufacturing plants that have fears of soil contamination, and gas stations that have fuel leaking storage tanks. So when this job is done in a few years I could be on the road fixing leaking gas stations somewhere in the United States. You all know what my truck looks like if you ever see it goin down the road just honk I may just be trying to fix a problem at a facility in your neck of the woods. But for the next year or two maybe three Mid-Michigan is where I will be working. The next big purchase will be a bow because deer outnumber people up here. And tags and licenses to hunt are cheaper than meat at the grocery store.
 

mcginkleschmidt

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[quote name='DClights' timestamp='1307895422' post='161091']

Thanks Mdawg but I am just starting out. I find spending 150 on groceries every two weeks is a great deal. Right now I am paying the most of my bills on my own. Plus the titan I have now I have worked out all the kinks. I have got it personalized just the way I want it. Plus titans, and all foreign cars here are a rare breed. I am in American car country here and you get weird looks for having a foreign vehicle. I am about half an hour from a GM powertrain facility. EVERYBODY here has an opinion about vehicle manufacturers cause they all have a relative who works or did work for one of the big 3. HK I live in an apartment and although I may want to save a lot of money on my power I do not think land lords like you installing things on their apartment buildings. Heck he gives me directions as to how to put in a window unit air conditioner (even if I only need it for 3 months of the year haha). I am putting a big piece of each check into a 401k and and a savings account. Central Michigan thanks to Dow Chemical is pretty expensive. The rest of the area around Dow chemical to the south-west is why I am here the ground is full of oil and drilling chemicals. Parsons being a big business I could be in Texas or California or even overseas two years from now. They do alot of work with landfills that have chemicals leaching into the soil, chemical or manufacturing plants that have fears of soil contamination, and gas stations that have fuel leaking storage tanks. So when this job is done in a few years I could be on the road fixing leaking gas stations somewhere in the United States. You all know what my truck looks like if you ever see it goin down the road just honk I may just be trying to fix a problem at a facility in your neck of the woods. But for the next year or two maybe three Mid-Michigan is where I will be working. The next big purchase will be a bow because deer outnumber people up here. And tags and licenses to hunt are cheaper than meat at the grocery store.

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Be sure to fund a Roth IRA to the hilt in addition to 401K savings. Unlike 401K funding that are income tax-deductible until you begin to draw down the funds in retirement, income taxes are paid up front on Roth IRA funds but all growth and accruals thereafter are tax free.



Since you are looking to begin hunting, in addition to deer, you will probably want to hunt bear, dears with bare asses to be specific. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/003.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' />
 
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