Field Technician, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
Department of Geology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 99362
I interned at Shannon & Wilson,
Inc., a geotechnical engineering and environmental consulting firm.
My title was "Field Technician," but most of the work I did was as
a lab technician, performing limits testing and other lab tests, as
well as data entry, on soils obtained from drill cores throughout
Seattle. The drilling for the main project I worked on was for the
RTA project in Seattle, a new rapid transportation system that is
going in. Besides lab work and data entry, I went out in the field
several times, mostly as a drilling inspector. That involved mainly
observing the drillers' procedures, and confirming that the proper
depths were drilled, and proper fill materials used. I filled out
the drilling log and wrote memos to the contractors detailing the
progress and specifications of the project. One day I went to Bainbridge
Island with Senior Geologist and V.P. Bill Laprade, where we obtained
samples and mapped an area for a proposed gully fill and road. I also
did work on the drafting illustrations for this and another project
(editing CAD illustrations).
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