Blair Hawkins' Résumé

Charlottesville, Virginia

Blair's Magazine Of Lost History & Portfolio

Professional Goal

Become a Project Manager


Asbestos Worker

  • 2010 June 7 to 2017 April 16. University of Virginia. The strangest, most dangerous job I've ever had.
  • Environmental Remediation to include Asbestos, Lead Paint, and Mold/Mildew.
  • Initial 40-hour Supervisor Course, Annual 8-hour Refresher Course. Requires technical, scientific aptitude.
  • Since 2009 five cash bonuses total $1,000.
  • 2014 May 27. Applied to be Supervisor. 20-point Plan to Modernize Asbestos Department.
  • 2015 Sep. 26. Created Daily Work Journal to help move out of this department.
  • Stigma of Asbestos
    • Stigma is a negative stereotype.
    • You will knowingly create an invisible poison for a paycheck because that's the history of the asbestos industry.
    • You're now an untouchable trapped in this job. Only a desperate loser would accept this deadend job anyway.
  • Stigma of College
    • Highly Qualified = Over Qualified = Not Qualified.
    • You have no common sense, no hands-on experience, all book learning.
    • You'll get a better job and move on, but we want you to stay forever. It's okay for others to get a better job and move on.
    • I am trapped between 2 stigmas.
  • Over-Qualified enabled these accomplishments.
    1. Self-motivated. More mature. Only person to buy ratchet straps, bungee cords, soap since I've been in this department. Volunteer to make the workplace more user-friendly.
    2. Able to see that policy to treat flexible schedule as fixed schedule, accounting for hours not worked during the week offset by weekend hours, takes Leave when there's Overtime. When I came here, management was blaming the worker for using up the Leave before the end of the year. All this overtime and your leave was disappearing. (Update April 4, 2017 best in calendar view.)
    3. Able to see a step of a procedure is being neglected. I can't say anything because I'm not the boss and I have college stigma. So I have to quietly take the initiative. For example, I saw that filters for air handlers were not being changed. So I started taking a picture each time I change the filters to emphasize the protocol.
    4. Able to see the stigma, the negative stereotype, that inspires unequal treatment. For example, management will get a temperature shutdown for plumbers, electricians, etc. but sometimes want the asbestos workers to go into the heat, wearing hot protective gear, exerting extreme physical labor. Historically slaves did this work.
    5. Able to see that isolation and negative nature of the work were adding psychological stress. So I started the work journal, a creative endeavor to fight the stigma.

Brick Mason

  • 2009 July 10. Hired as a Temp by University of Virginia as bricklayer's helper. When management saw my skills and accomplishments, they gave me a pay raise. After the 9-month term, I interviewed for full-time but was not hired. The asbestos department offered me a job.
  • 2006-08 Empire Granite. Most of my masonry career has been historic restoration.
    • Large stone house in Keswick with stone arches 12-inch thick.
    • Repoint Juvenile & Domestic Courthouse, Elks Lodge 1904.
    • Repair, repoint Jessup House.
    • Supervise 8 helpers in 2 years. Four were average, three got raises, one was let go.
  • 2004-05 Landmark Masonry. "Patios, walkways, retaining walls, stone panels, repair, repointing, and the occasional Zen Garden."
  • 1980s Worked construction during the summers while in college.
  • 1989 Pursue construction career in masonry.


  • 1994-97 National Weather Service Forecast Office and Doppler Radar at Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Technical writer. Short-term forecasts, radar summaries, yearly summaries, tutorials, website.
  • Performance awards, bonus, small computer programs to communicate between Mainframe and PC.
  • The greatest compliments came at trade shows. Listeners to shortwave NOAA Weather Radio said I was their favorite.
  • This was my white collar opportunity. Eventually rotating shift work and bureaucratic culture influenced me to return to Charlottesville and take care of my dying father. I had already completed the apprenticeship to become a mason. By working outdoors, I became an expert forecaster.


B.S. Meteorology 1993

  • 1981 University of Virginia. First Summer Foreign Language Institute in the German program.
  • 1982 Charlottesville High School Diploma. French Club President.
  • 1982-83 Georgetown University. Russian Language Major. First ROTC class. Dropped out because I only had a loan for the first year.
  • 1983-85 Active Duty US Army. Army paid off my student loan.
  • 1985-88 North Carolina State University. 3-year ROTC Scholarship. Dean's List 3 Semesters. Dean's permission for heavy course load. Tutored English, French, Russian, Earth Science. Academic Advisor said I didn't have enough approved electives though I had more than a semester extra than needed for the degree. I appealed but it stood.
  • 1989-92 So I had to take more classes at PVCC.
  • 1993 May 8. Bachelor of Science of Meteorology. Computer Science Minor. NC State University.
  • Additional classes over the years at Cleveland State University and back at Piedmont.


Military Service

  • 1983 First ROTC class. Begin active duty. MOS 96B Interrogator with basic Arabic. ROTC scholarship at NC State.
  • 1988 May 7. Commission as Second Lieutenant in US Army. Infantry Officer Basic Course autumn at Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • 1997 Feb. 28. Honorable Discharge from the Reserves.

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