Joe has been working hands-on in complex technical applications for his entire career. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri–Rolla, he took a job as a service engineer with NL McCullough, where he ran well logs and managed perforation and pipe recovery. He worked across the United States, in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Colorado, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. He spent two of those years offshore.
After five years with McCullough, he took a position as Design Engineer with Highland Supply Corporation, where he gained significant leadership experience, managing a team of draftsmen, electricians, machinists and machine assemblers. Over fifteen years, his group received over 500 U.S. patents for machinery they designed and developed.
In 2004, Joe embarked on a two-year contract with Pratt & Whitney, designing repairs for advanced military turbo jet fan engines. In this capacity, Joe became the first engineer to design and intermediate level repair for the P&W F135.
Joe returned to the oilfield in 2006, working as a petroleum engineer–and later as operations manager–for Barber Engineering. There, he supervised the installation, testing, and plugging of fourteen wells and two coal bed methane pilots. He also co-authored another U.S. patent for a jet turning tool.
Mr. Straeter left Barber in 2014 and came to Kelcas as Director of Operations. Joe oversees our exploratory projects, from drilling to completion, and asset maintenance. His experience in real-world applications and his large-scale team executions make him invaluable to the technical aspects of our work.
Joe has two children, enjoys metal and wood working, and dabbles in alternative medicine.