PMG Employee Spotlight with Shane W.

Shane is a Level II NDT Inspector and the Field Services Manager for PMG Energy.

About me

I grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado and my family got into racing dirt bikes pretty seriously. I even went to Grand Nationals in 1998. I did that into my early 20s and then had a serious wreck where I broke my back for the second time. I decided it was time to get into something a little safer after that. Then I got into construction and eventually ended up at a motorcycle service department. That led to oil and gas work and then NDT (Non-Destructive Testing).

What are your main responsibilities as an NDT Inspector?

NDT stands for non-destructive testing. It means you can test a part or component for inspection without ruining or deteriorating that piece. Our main focus with PMG Energy is UT (ultra-sonic testing) inspection, so we actually test the part with sound, right in place. We find flaws and non-conformities and determine what to do with those parts to keep people safe and equipment or systems operating properly.

How did you get into NDT work?

When I found my way into the Oil & Gas sector I worked for and energy services company. I started as a flowback operator and then I got into the inspection side of things in 2012 after 6 years and I never looked back. Flowback work could get kind of dangerous so I just pursued the inspection side looking for something different and found that I loved it. The travel, the work, the detail required, everything. I took a lot of pride in it and still do.

How did you learn about the opportunity with PMG Energy?

I started with PMG on a contract project at an aviation facility in Vermont as a Project Manager while Energy was getting off the ground. When that started to take off, I moved over to the Energy side full-time. We began our first project in the second half of 2017. I’ve been with them ever since. I guess you could say that PMG Energy and I started together.

What do you like most about your job?

I like always learning something new and the travel. You see something new every single day; you’re always going someplace different; you’re always learning, and you never get to think you know it all. I love all of that.

What do you like most about working for PMG?

For PMG Energy: My team. We’ve developed the best team, I think, that is out there. Our guys come from operator backgrounds originally and know the whole process, not just the inspection methods. They have good technical and technology backgrounds too. We always have the right person to fix the issue, no matter what it may be, and keep moving forward. I’m really proud of that.

For PMG generally: We’re fairly calculated and precise in how we run our projects. Non-stop help and assistance. The first PMG project I managed was in Vermont and I never lacked access to help or guidance. I also love how driven everyone is to run things smoothly. It’s always obvious how involved and tight the whole group is in all aspects; from recruiting to sales to accounting; everyone knows what’s going on, what to do, and what their role is supposed to be. That made it easy to transfer the same example over to the Energy side.

What advice would you give to a recent new hire at PMG Energy?

I don’t want to scare anyone off but expect the unexpected. You might have a job come up on short notice, it might require a long drive or you’ll be working in weird weather. So, if you’re always prepared for the unexpected, you never get caught off-guard. That makes it easier and actually makes it fun. We’ve done some pretty cool stuff in some pretty crazy conditions and those are fun stories to tell afterwards.

What do you miss most or wish you had with you on the road?

I’ve been doing this so long I’ve got it pretty dialed in by now. I don’t have anyone I’m leaving at home so when I go on the road, my dog and everything I need comes with me. I can be gone as long as I need to be and I can always deal with the long grass in the yard whenever I get back home.

What are some hobbies you do in your free time?

I just recently got back into riding pretty frequently again. I’m pretty into fitness. I like getting out on the Colorado River and floating the river. You’re never in a hurry once you’re on the river and I like that a lot.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

Probably when I go out east just because I’m not out there very often. Vermont if I have to pick a place. There’s no oilfield there so I’d never have been there if it hadn’t been for PMG. It’s pretty, different and always green. We were there six months so you got to see the full set of seasons. It’s a great state for sight-seeing.

What celebrity/inspirational person do you admire the most?

Either Tom Hardy or Mark Wahlberg. I like their movies and I like how they prepare for a role, whether it’s losing weight or gaining weight or whatever they need to do. I also just like them as individuals.

What did you want to be when growing up?

I wanted to be a dirt bike racer. I even brought my dirt bike in for show and tell.

You’re happiest when…

… I’m out with my dog. She’s a 6-year-old pit-bull mix. She’s always up for a ride in any kind of vehicle and she’s a great partner for adventures.

Want to know more about PMG Energy? Check out their website here.

We’re on a mission to improve break time for the American workforce one lunchbox at a time. From the shop to the warehouse to the field, production is powered by people who are fueled by food. We’re sure most of us would appreciate something better in our brown bags. If you missed last month’s lunchbox hack, check it out on our blog page now. But, if you liked what you learned (or you’re just tired of the same old same old), read on to harvest the fruits of our (admittedly delicious) labor.

Lunch Tip

A balanced meal is important, but so is proper rest. It’s no surprise then that most of us pass on packing a proper lunch in favor of one more press of the snooze button every morning. It doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition though! Pack your lunch the evening before (during other meal prep or clean up) and you’ll always be ready to walk out the door in the morning!


Freeze your fruits and veggies. Many lunchboxes are insulated (like this classic from Stanley) but most still need something to keep them cool. Ice melts and makes a mess while freezer packs take up space better used for food. If you want to keep your produce fresh, freeze it the night before and use it in lieu of ice. Your lunch will be fresh at break and you won’t have to sacrifice items or eat them soggy.


Try this Watermelon, Tomato, and Cheese Salad recipe from Watermelon and tomato are both great foods to help you hydrate. This a perfect meal for those looking to beat the summer heat at work too!

Josh Erickson, ReTool & Technical Solutions Associate

As DJ Jazzy Jeff & Will Smith so perfectly put it in their warm-weather jam, Summertime:

 “Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind”.

For those reading this, I hope you’re finding time to sit back and unwind. But if you aren’t, I hope the recommendations below will encourage and motivate you to dig out some time.

We at PMG like to work hard and play hard, but sometimes our “play” is simply reading a good book, magazine, poem, online article, etc. Before COVID-19 hit, we started a book exchange for those in the corporate office – a give one, take one-type of setup- Afterwards, we found ourselves celebrating National Poetry Month in April. Even before this, it wasn’t uncommon to overhear coworkers discussing things they’ve read and recommending the readings to others.

As a result, I reached out to our internal team, our group of skilled technicians on assignment and of course, Google, to compile PMG’s list of recommended summer readings.

PMG Team Member Reading Recommendations

Car & Driver

If you’re dreaming of a ride down the highway with the top down this summer, one of our Client Solutions Managers, Brandon S, highly recommends this magazine.

Atlas Shrugged

Brandon also recommends this more dystopian piece by author Ayn Rand. It’s a book that dives deep into what a world would be like without thinkers or creators.

Blue Highways

I personally recommend this book by William Least Heat-Moon. To be honest, I received a copy of this book from a close friend and I just can’t bring myself to share the copy with anyone else. I’ll be keeping this one just for me.

National Geographic

Feeling limited in your ability to travel or visit new places? This magazine is a great option for exploration from the comfort of your own home and there is also a version for kids!


Recommended by our Technical Solutions Coordinator, Brent R, this book by Colum McCann finds a way to combine two things we don’t see much together these days: politics and friendship.

Before We Were Yours

According to our Human Resources Manager, Beth B, this book by Lisa Wingate was an “incredible book” and a “really-well written story” that has encouraged her to pursue more writings by the author. This is a fictional book based on real life circumstances surrounding the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and written in the narrative voice of a 12-year old girl.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Written by Patrick Lencioni, this a fictional book about the common hurdles that come about in a team environment and also provides actionable steps to overcome them. Josh E, a member of our ReTool team, recommended this book and believes it can be applied on both a professional and personal level.

Note: Josh also recommends the following:

  • Trinity by Leon Uris
  • The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris


PMG Technician Reading Recommendations

Nic S, a CNC Machinist who has completed 11 projects with PMG since 2014, recommends a book by Eliahu Goldrat called The Goal. And, I’m glad he did – I’ll be checking it out very soon! Similar to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, this is a business book but not your typical business book. It’s written as a novel from the perspective of a plant manager and, from what I hear, keeps the reader enthralled and the pages turning!

Children’s Reading Recommendations

If you have children in your life and you’d like to introduce them to new books, or simply encourage them to get off electronics this summer, the following books were personally recommended by the children of PMG employees:

  • How to Charm a Llama by Rosie Greening
  • Any book by author Mercer Mayer
  • Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  • Sky Boys by Deborah Hopkinson

Note: once you’ve read this, check out PMG’s article on Sky Scrapers here

  • The Frankie Sparks series
  • Any of the graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier
  • Wish by Barbara O’Connor
  • Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Shine by J.J. & Chris Grabenstein
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okarafor

Researched Reading Recommendations

In my search online, I found many lists of the “top” books to read, but at the very top of the large majority of those lists was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Personally, I’d highly recommend that one too. Others that I found frequently recommended are below:

  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • The Harry Potter – I’ll be honest.,I was completely against these but, once I read the first one, I had to read the rest! Adults and children alike can enjoy this series.
  • Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven

If none of the suggestions mentioned above seem like your thing, maybe you’ll like something on the lists below:


Now, here is where I leave you with the words of the great author, illustrator, cartoonist, and poet Dr. Seuss:

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.


About the Author

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Kim Mooney, Technical Manager & Coach






FAQs for PMG

PMG provides labor solutions to American manufacturers. That’s what we do in a nutshell and we take the “solution” part of that equation seriously. As a result, all of us here end up asking a lot of questions to make sure we find the right way to solve the real problem. But, during that process, we end up getting asked a fair amount of questions ourselves. This blog will try its best to provide the answers to the things PMG employees get asked the most.

What is a professional reference?

Great question! Most of us, when asked for references, want to provide names of the people that know us best and like us most. This makes sense because we want prospective employers to hear good things about us. However, your family, friends, co-workers, and fellow book club members are personal references. They may have positive things to say, but most of it won’t be relevant to a person looking to hire you for a job.

A truly professional reference isn’t just somebody you know or have worked with, but somebody you’ve worked FOR. Supervisors, trainers, shift leads, managers, and owners of companies all make excellent professional references. This is because they can’t just talk shop about your technical abilities, but can speak to the soft skills that make you a great employee. If you’re not sure why soft skills matter to the technical trades, check out our free webinar on just that topic.

Pro tip: A lack of technical skill input is why HR contacts aren’t great references.

Build your bench intentionally in order to be able to provide better references. Know who makes a great reference and then make sure you have good contact information for that person. Finally, when you provide that information, make sure you give your reference a heads-up too. Even the greatest reference won’t do any good if they don’t answer the phone or return an email.

If you’re looking for more insider information on the hiring and interview process, check out some of our other blogs that include tips & tricks for phone interviews and resume writing. If you have your own question for PMG, we have an answer and we’d love to share it. Send them to

Josh Erickson, ReTool & Technical Solutions Associate

Heat-related illnesses are a real thing and a big concern both on a personal level and a professional level. If you find yourself working in hot weather or hot environments, whether outside or at your place of employment, the items below are important for you to consider to ensure you stay safe while working.

Symptoms of Heat Stress/Exhaustion/Stroke

  • Extremely high body temperature
  • Hot, dry, skin – an inability to cool the body through perspiration may cause the skin to feel dry
  • Increased heart and respiration rates as blood pressure drops and the heart attempts to maintain adequate circulation
  • Throbbing headache, nausea or vomiting due to dehydration
  • Weakness, fainting, or dizziness – especially if standing position is assumed quickly – due to low blood pressure from dehydration
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dark-colored urine – a sign of dehydration
  • Confused, hostile, or seemingly intoxicated behavior
  • Pale or bluish skin color in advanced cases due to constricted blood vessels
  • Seizures or unconsciousness

If you are experiencing Heat Stress symptoms, follow the steps below:

  1. Notify your supervisor immediately. If he/she is not around, notify a co-worker.
  2. Sit down if you’re standing
  3. Move to a cooler or air-conditioned environment
  4. Loosen clothing
  5. Drink water!

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How to Avoid Heat Stress/Exhaustion/Stroke

Drink Water

A glass first thing in the morning is great for you. Then drink it frequently throughout the day. If you think you’ve had a lot, you can probably have more!

If water gets boring, try the following:

  • Coconut water
  • Add electrolyte powders
  • Add fruit or cucumber
  • Freeze cubes of no-sugar added juice then add to your water
  • Drink hot tea or ice it down
  • Add water enhancers
  • Look for those with limited to no added sugars, limited to no caffeine, and be careful to consider sodium levels, if needed
  • Mix in sports drinks (like Gatorade) but not too many

Avoid and/or Limit These Beverages

  • Pop or Soda
  • Lemonade
  • Energy Drinks
  • Sweet Tea
  • Too Much Coffee
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Beer, Wine, Liquor
  • Flavored Milk

Eat Water-Rich Foods

  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Bell Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Celery
  • Plain yogurt
  • Skim Milk
  • Lower Sodium Broths and Soups
  • Cottage Cheese

Get Rest

It is critical that the body rests and receives an appropriate amount of sleep each evening. This includes taking it easy before and after work as well as ensuring you sleep the recommended 6-9 hours of sleep each evening.

Keep in Mind

  • Sweat cools the body when it evaporates. The more you sweat, the more fluids you need.
  • Check your urine – it should be pale yellow and clear. If it’s darker, you are likely dehydrated.
  • Take cool showers if possible. This limits sweating and thus keeps you hydrated.
  • By the time you’re thirsty, you are already 2% hydrated.
  • Drink hydrating fluids frequently and consistently, rather than large amounts at limited times. This maintains consistent hydration.
  • Avoid excessive amounts of sodium/salt. Sodium acts as a binder and maintains fluids within your body but too much sodium/salt can hold excess amounts of fluids which creates a burden on your hear. It also increase your blood pressure and increase risk of stroke.
  • What you do today affects today, tomorrow, and each day. Be consistent at staying hydrated.

Kim Mooney, Technical Manager & Coach

‘We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…’  Many Americans do not know this phrase, but they are the first words of the Preamble of the US Constitution.  With the recent events, and responses to them, it’s clear that we as a country are confronting a major challenge in what those words mean.

The events that took place in Minneapolis, as well as many other similar events across the country, have brought our society to a point of anger, frustration, and unrest.  These tragedies are sadly not the first of their kind, and likely not the last, but they do bring to light some major issues in our country.

In times of difficult crisis, it’s important for us to realize more than ever that what we have in common, infinitely outweighs that which we do not.  As tragic as these events are, now is an opportunity for us all to take a long look in the mirror and understand that regardless of race, color, or creed, we’re all citizens of the same country yearning for peace, clarity, and justice.

Today, and all days moving forward, offer your voice and action to help those who need it.  Not because you can, but because you should.  Brothers, sisters, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and strangers all need us to be better than we are, and for our actions to speak louder than our deafening words…. ‘’We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…’.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.

Interested in reading more related to current events, check out our post on Tolerance Vs. Acceptance.

Dave Rohlfing, Senior Technical Solutions Coordinator