Arthur Cordes - Tips  for Maintaining Earth-Moving Equipment

Arthur Cordes is an ex-Marine Corps sniper who spent two years with the United States Army and eight years in the Marine Corps. He left the Marine Corps in 1993 and started working in the hazardous waste removal industry. He has twenty years’ experience in the field and has worked as a heavy equipment operator for several projects including Farmland Plant expansion in Independence, Kansas. Here are a few earth-moving equipment maintenance tips you can use.

Keep Machinery Lubricated
Arthur Cordes knows the importance of having the earth-moving equipment well-lubricated. Al moving parts in a machine need to be lubricated or they will eventually fail. If you want your machinery to help you get the job done, you will need to make sure they are properly lubricated. Without proper lubrication, parts will create excess friction which will result in wear and tear on the machinery. When lubricating earth-moving machinery, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the right amount of lubrication. Excessive amounts of lubrication can cause seal issues, energy loss, and excessive accumulation of grease.

Regular Maintenance
It is vital that all earth-moving machinery are inspected and serviced regularly. You will need to follow a strict maintenance schedule, have the machinery inspected and parts replaced. Gaskets and seals should be inspected on a regular basis to make sure they are not broken. When maintaining heavy machinery, it is important to follow the equipment’s maintenance checklist. Arthur Cordes has eighteen years’ experience working with heavy machinery and knows the safety of his crew depends on the regular maintenance of the equipment they use.


Arthur Cordes - Foreman and Equipment Operator

Arthur Cordes started working with the USEPA foreman and equipment operator after leaving the United States Marine Corps in 1993. He spent ten years serving his country; two years with the US Army, and eight years as a sniper with the US Marine Corps.

Arthur Cordes worked for six months from April 2002 to August 2002 as an equipment operator with the USACE Rapid Response team in Omaha, Nebraska. He managed a field crew during residential removal and carried out site surveys before excavation, including sampling and analysis. During these four months, he excavated 4,000 CYs (Cysteine) of lead-contaminated soil from seventy-five properties. He also replaced driveways, sidewalks, and fences, and performed a walk-through and final inspection with residents.

As the Foreman/Equipment Operator with USEPA in Region Six, El Paso County, he supervised lead and arsenic removal across a three-mile, residential area. As the foreman, he managed three excavation teams and restored sixty-five homes, and excavated an average of eighty CYs of arsenic and lead soil from each property. Some of the other responsibilities he handled as a foreman was backfilling clean soil, and installing sod and decorative rock. He also supervised soil transportation to a landfill twenty miles from the excavation site and coordinated with residents on schedules and inspection.

Arthur Cordes also worked to remove lead and arsenic from 750 homes in Denver, Colorado. He coordinated all site access, produced digital photos and videos of all property before, during, and after restoration.

Arthur Cordes - What  is HASP?

Arthur Cordes retired as an ex-United States Marine Corps sniper in 1993 after spending ten years of his life serving his country. He currently works as a Site Superintendent and has been in the hazardous waste removal and emergency response industry for two decades. He has eighteen years’ experience working in the USEPA ERRS and USACE programs as superintendent and foreman across several USEPA regions.

During the two decades he has worked in the hazardous waste removal and emergency response industry, Arthur Cordes has implemented work and waste management plans including Health and Safety Plans (HASP). The main objective of the USEPA Health and Safety Plan (HASP) is to ensure that all work carried out in the process of waste site cleanup and extraction is done in accordance with health and safety regulations, with awareness and consideration of possible risks. The HASP seeks to conduct all cleanup and waste removal projects without any injury and impairment to human health.

Arthur Cordes has worked on various hazardous waste removal projects and has always implemented a HASP. In developing a HASP for a project or site, an explicit hazard assessment has to be carried out to categorize and assess any and all possible risks. For example, working with falling rocks hazard sites in canyons, a HASP should take into consideration not just falling rocks, but also animals and snakes, including other human hazards. The HASP should contain comprehensive information, including anticipated costs for each activity.


Arthur Cordes - What  You Need to Know  About Joining the  United States Army

Arthur Cordes was born in Walnut Creek, California but grew up in Richer, Oklahoma. After graduating from high school he joined the United States Army and spent two years in the Army before moving to the Marine Corps. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1985 to 1993 as a sniper and left the Marine Corps in 1993.

Arthur Cordes owes a lot to the United States Marine Corps where he learned several skills that he still uses today, even though he no longer serves in the armed forces. If you are planning to join the United States Army, you will first need to meet with a recruiter.

Meet with a Recruiter
The first step in joining the United States Army is meeting with a recruiter. You will be required to go through a pre-screening exercise to determine if you qualify to enlist. You will need to provide information about your education, criminal history (if any), age, marital and dependency status, and physical condition.

The recruiter will require you to take a shortened version of the Army Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) on a computer. This will give you and the recruiter and idea of how you will score on the actual test.

Army Entrance Interview
Just like applying for any other job, you will need to go through an interview. Army recruiters look for those who are focused, responsible, and committed. The interview will include a review of all your education, previous employment, character traits, and criminal history. Once this is done, you will be required to go through a physical fitness assessment.

Arthur Cordes served his country for ten years before leaving the Marine Corps in 1993.