When mechanic Justin Felion applied for a position at Casella in 2017, he was looking for an opportunity to expand his skills, grow his expertise, and build a rewarding career. Over six years later, he now serves as Maintenance Shop Lead for his local team, mentoring new talent and serving the West Rutland, Manchester, and Middlebury, Vermont hauling divisions.
I usually get to the shop around 6 am. I help manage any start-up issues for the drivers, inventory where the night shift left off, and prep for the day ahead. Throughout the day we handle road calls, door traffic, compactor repairs, and take care of any routine work and fleet maintenance needed that day. We get a healthy balance of working with the most new and innovative equipment, like our electric fleet vehicles, while also servicing some of our more senior assets.
Safety is a top priority and working with a team you can count on is important. The work we do comes with responsibility. We need to keep our drivers safe while they are on the road, and our shop needs to operate safely so that we all get home to our families at the end of the day. Our service work is a critical part of that. We find a lot of stuff that drivers might not catch, from low tread and tire pressure to broken parts. Making sure we abide by set safety protocols is key.
We all essentially come from different walks of life, and that’s what makes our team unique. The thing we do all have in common is a desire to be in the maintenance field. We all strive to learn and get better every day while doing great work here. We definitely grow as a team.
I appreciate the opportunity to work on a wide range of different vehicles. We serve multiple lines of business with a variety of trucks and equipment, which all need regular maintenance. Every day is different. Every project is different. It’s a good mix.
This company has helped me quite a bit. When I started at Casella I had limited experience and knowledge. Through my time working here, I was able to gain valuable certifications to advance my career and open up opportunities to learn new skills. I now have several industry certifications that allow me to do more and I was able to earn my Class B and A Commercial Drivers License through our CDL training program.
I usually get to train the local new hires. I work closely with them and train them before we send them off to their division. Their openness to listen and learn is greatly appreciated, and when you get to see an individual who was intimidated by a project to start then work through it with what you've taught them and feel confident, that gives me a strong sense of accomplishment.
Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, is one of the largest recyclers and most experienced fully integrated resource management companies in the Eastern United States. Founded in 1975 as a single truck collection service, Casella has grown its operations to provide solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling, and organics services to more than one million residential, commercial, municipal, institutional, and industrial customers and provides professional resource management services to over 10,000 customer locations in more than 40 states.