Never Stop Learning

You can develop your skills on the job, but there’s nowhere better to discover new technology than the WWETT Show

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"Never stop learning" might sound like a trite motivational poster, but it’s actually good advice.

If you’re not continually learning, growing and improving your skills, your job will probably become mind-numbingly boring before too long. Keeping your skills up will make you more efficient, which means making more money. And if you’re not keeping up with the newest technology and best practices, you’ll end up losing customers.

Learning on the job is common in this industry. It’s necessary to gain experience by doing the work. If you could learn to inspect a drainline or reline pipe by watching YouTube videos, everyone would do it.

You probably started out shadowing a co-worker who had been on the job for much longer than you — learning the ropes, lending a hand where you could, and soaking up all the tips and tricks your mentor had to offer. Or if you started out on your own with nothing but a cable machine, you probably had to operate by trial and error and figure stuff out as you went along.

There’s probably still some of that trial and error when you run into something you and your crew have never dealt with before. So you figure it out. You learn from others and from your own mistakes. After a few years, you can handle whatever challenges a drain can send your way.

But keeping up with the newest technology available on the market isn’t something you can do on the job. Hopefully you get a dose of the latest and best equipment every month when you flip through the pages of Cleaner, but once a year you can also head to Indianapolis and see all the tools you could ever want gathered together in one place.

The Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show is four days of continuing education classes, live equipment demonstrations and exhibits. You can get your hands on any new machine you’ve been thinking about purchasing, see exactly how it works and ask manufacturers questions directly.

In other words, it’s a great place to learn.

I’ll be at the WWETT Show again this year too. This will be my sixth year attending, but my first as the editor of this magazine. I’ll be walking the show floor, hoping to meet contractors and hear your stories, and seeing what’s new in the industry.

It’s definitely a learning experience for me as well. My years in this industry have all been behind a desk. I’ve learned a lot, but nothing compares to seeing the equipment in person and meeting readers like you, hearing about your work and its challenges.

If you see me at the Indiana Convention Center, come say hello. I’d love to hear about your business and the work you’re doing.

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue, and I’ll see you at the WWETT Show.


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