I am Melanie Cagle – founder, owner and manager of QualiCal LLC in Houma, Louisiana.
I started my oilfield career with Baker Hughes Inc. in 2002 working from their office in Cape Town South Africa. My first position as inventory coordinator, moving oil field equipment in and out of Africa, gave me valuable experience in local and international product co-ordination and shipping.
Through a continued development program within Baker Hughes, I was moved to the Quality and HS&E department. Shortly after, I was promoted to the onsite QHS&E Manager for Baker Hughes operations in Cabinda, Angola. I rotated to Angola on a 28/28 schedule for the next 5 years. During my time there I worked closely with representatives from Chevron, Halliburton, Schlumberger and Weatherford to name but a few. My daily duties were not only confined to the Cabinda Base but also included visits to the nearly 15 off shore rigs that were operating off the coast of Cabinda at that time. It was here that I was exposed to the many aspects of calibrations and realized the vital role it plays in day to day oilfield operations.
I moved to Houma in 2009 to be with my husband James who is a 3rd generation Cagle from Terrebonne Parish. With both of us being international oilfield veterans, we looked for a business opportunity that would allow me to stay at home. With our skills and knowledge of the oilfield industry we soon identified a need for a certified calibration service in the busy oil rich Houma area. It was here that QualiCal was born.
I studied and successfully passed exams to become a Certified Calibration Specialist and it was during this time I took a special interest in threads and have made thread inspection one of my passions. This is why QualiCal now has a reputation for being a premier provider in thread calibrations. In fact, we carry a variety of API master gages enabling us to calibrate those shop gages.
In April this year, we will celebrate the 7th year of QualiCal’s operations here in Houma. During this time our business has grown to service client operations as far afield as Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Houston. As a small business owner I pride myself in the achievements of QualiCal but could not have done so without the support of my staff and loyal customers.
QualiCal – Providing Quality you can Measure!