The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - January 2012

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Orion Alumni Attend Hiring Our Heroes Conference,
Surveys Confirm Veteran Recruitment on the Rise,
According to Your Peers,
Upcoming Hiring Conferences,
Upcoming Base Visits,
Manufacturing Technician Careers with Intel,
On-Site Wind Turbine Field Service Technician Opportunities with Siemens Energy,
Technical Positions with ConocoPhillips,
Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion,
Companies Recently Hiring,
Connect with Orion Online

Orion Alumni Attend Hiring Our Heroes Conference



(Washington, DC, USA - November 10, 2011: The Fourth Annual Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes featuring First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo by Ian Wagreich/ © U.S. Chamber of Commerce)


Orion alumni with Siemens once again traveled to Washington, DC, in conjunction with The Siemens Initiative to Support Military Families. This time, Alan Lateer, Jeff Bell, Christopher Pieczonka, and Jody Compton attended the 4th Annual Business Steps Up, Hiring Our Heroes Conference at the U.S. Chamber of Congress in Washington, DC, on November 10. Previously, James Lamz and Nicholas Espe visited the White House in conjunction with Joining Forces.

The 4th Annual Business Steps Up, Hiring Our Heroes Conference focused on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s goal of lowering unemployment among veterans and their spouses by partnering with Veteran Service Organizations, government agencies, and the business community to hold job fairs across the U.S. This year, the Conference recognized specific businesses that have gone above and beyond to honor military families. Finalists for the 1st Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards included PepsiCo, The Home Depot, Bank of America, Dollar General, and Siemens, among many others.

Jody Compton (pictured front row, second from left) was one of the four Orion alumni to participate in this Conference. Compton was an Automated Logistical Specialist in the Army who is now a Materials Handler Specialist with Siemens. Her civilian position corresponds directly with her military experience, and illustrates how well veterans transition into these types of positions. “Not only do companies get a qualified employee, but they get the dedication, discipline, commitment out of the Veteran, which a company may not find in other employees,” explains Compton. 

She goes on to say that attending the Hiring Our Heroes Conference was something she never thought she’d have the honor of doing, much less sitting on stage with the First Lady. “I'm proud of the years I served protecting freedom for others, and now I'm proud to be part of a company that supports veterans and leads the way for other companies,” states Compton.

Christopher Pieczonka (pictured front row, fifth from left), a United States Naval Academy graduate and former Surface Warfare Officer, also attended the Conference. He is currently a part of the Sales and Marketing Development Program (SMDP) at Siemens Energy. Pieczonka attended the morning lectures, as well as the awards dinner at the US Chamber of Commerce. “Attending the US Chamber of Commerce event was a tremendous experience that highlighted some of the incredible things the Federal Government, Chamber of Commerce, and various companies are doing to utilize the talents of military service veterans,” says Pieczonka. 

The Hiring our Heroes program is another of the many initiatives that have been put in place to help veterans find employment when they transition out of the military. We salute the Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards recipients for their dedication to hiring veterans and are proud that our alumni were chosen to represent the success veterans experience in the civilian workplace.


Surveys Confirm Veteran Recruitment on the Rise


Last month, both Careerbuilder and Monster released the results of their respective surveys on veteran employment. Both surveys reveal that employers are seeking to hire veterans in a big way. Careerbuilder surveyed more than 2,800 hiring managers and concluded that 20% of employers are actively recruiting veterans to work for their company over the next 12 months. According to Careerbuilder, these employers are tapping into veterans’ technical and communication skills for careers in IT, Customer Service, Engineering, and Sales. 

Monster’s recently released Veteran Talent Index tells much the same story. The report begins by defining why veterans are desirable employees:

Veterans represent an elite and diverse talent pool available for hire. Most possess transferrable skills, professional discipline and positive attributes identifiable in today’s evolving workforce. By hiring veterans, employers can leverage the U.S. Military’s $140 billion per year spent on education and training and tap into the 200,000 service members that transition to the civilian workforce each year. (Source: Department of Veteran Affairs, US; U.S. Dept of Labor)

The Indices in the report include Veteran Career Confidence, Veteran Job Search Activity, and Employer Veteran Hiring. The Employer survey of almost 500 employers reveals that 70% of surveyed employers have hired more than one veteran in the past year. 99% of those employers felt veterans performed ‘much better’ or ‘about the same’ as non-veterans, and 69% of employers felt that veterans perform their job ‘much better’ compared to non-veterans. The impressive percentages of veteran-friendly employers were further evidenced when employers were asked if they would hire a veteran again. Of those that had hired a veteran, 98% said they would do so again. 

Both surveys revealed that veteran job seekers could often do better in conveying their experience. According to Monster, 77% of employers believed veterans could do a better job translating their military skills to civilian skills. Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America explains, “The survey shows that employers recognize the unique value military experience can bring, but that they don’t always understand how military skills fit into corporate America. Veterans will need to clearly make that connection in their resume, cover letter and job interviews as they enter this new chapter of their careers.”

Orion represents thousands of companies whose stance on veteran recruiting is reflected in these surveys. We are here to help our candidates translate their skills and value to civilian employers, and ultimately, connect our candidates with companies that are actively seeking veterans for their skills, experience, and values.

According to Your Peers

“Working on aircraft as an Avionics Electrician gave me a solid foundation in electrical and mechanical skills, and this lends itself well to my new career as Service Specialist in Building Automation Controls for Siemens.” – Sean Dempsay, Service Specialist

“Orion helped me fulfill my goal of getting a job with a company that offers an excellent career opportunity that matches my knowledge and skills. I will be working with Switch Communications as a Power Systems Analyst. My military background as an Electrician’s Mate Second Class provided me with the technical skills, discipline, and knowledge needed for the new industry I’m entering. 

My recruiter was Jay Koranda. He was extremely helpful and provided me with information I needed to have successful interviews at the hiring conference I attended. He also provided great assistance throughout the hiring process.

During the process, Orion asked me which companies I was interested in and made sure that I got a chance to have an interview with them. Orion was very effective in matching my prior military background with civilian opportunities. Jay was very helpful and sincere in assisting me. I would definitely recommend Orion to my fellow veterans!” - Anna Chubbick, Power Systems Analyst

“Orion did an excellent job in recruiting and preparing me for a great employment opportunity. I will definitely refer Orion to my fellow shipmates. My Orion recruiters were Jay Koranda and Jim Lewis. I was treated with respect and they really understood the obstacles I faced being active military. 

The process I went through with Orion was simple. I received an email with the job description, company interview times, and contact information. I contacted Jim, and he saved me a spot at the pre-interview conference where I was prepared for the actual interview. The following day I had the interview, and a week later I had the job! I was an Avionics Technician Third Class in the Navy and believe this experience provided me with the knowledge to continue in this specialized field as a Manufacturing Technician with Intel. Keep up the great work, Orion!”- Ernesto Villanueva, Manufacturing Technician


Upcoming Hiring Conferences


If you will be separating from the military and preparing to begin your civilian career within the next 90 days, be sure to attend one of our hiring conferences. After a full day of preparation, you’ll interview with hiring authorities for only those positions that are a match with your needs and preferences.

Click on any of the conference locations to request more information on the conference you’d like to attend!


Norfolk, VA (Northeast positions)

Norfolk, VA (Midwest positions)

Philadelphia, PA

January 15 - 16

February 9 - 10

February 12 - 13


Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

January 15 - 16

February 26 - 27


Atlanta, GA

Raleigh, NC

January 15 - 16

February 27 - 28

South Central  

Houston, TX

January 15 - 16


San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

January 22 - 23

February 12 - 13


Upcoming Base Visits


When our Recruiters visit a location near you, it’s a chance to get a jump start on your career search, regardless of your ETS date. Our Recruiters will discuss your goals and preferences with you and present a realistic picture of what to expect in your search. You’ll get resume advice, interview preparation tips, and much more!  Click here or on any of the base visits to receive more information about the base visit you are interested in attending


Patuxent River

January 19

January 28


Manufacturing Technician Careers with Intel

Orion is recruiting a large number of Manufacturing Technicians for Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker. We are currently hiring for Intel's fabs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in Phoenix, Arizona. This is your chance to begin your civilian career with an outstanding company, named on both Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For” and Business Week's "Best Places to Launch a Career.”

Manufacturing Technicians are responsible for performing functions associated with manufacturing operations including set-up and calibration; preventive maintenance; failure analysis; rework and quality testing; and conducting in-line adjustments to products, instruments, equipment, or processes. 

To be qualified for this position, you should be a transitioning or former military technician and possess an electronics, electrical, mechanical or electro-mechanical background, with 3-5 years of non-semiconductor equipment experience. 

Salary will be between $20 - $24/hour plus overtime and shift differential depending on shift worked. You will also be eligible to earn a bonus.

We will be holding interviews on the following dates and locations:

  • January 10: San Diego, CA - Please contact Jay Koranda.

  • January 24: Jacksonville, FL - Please contact John Teague.

For more information, please click here.


On-Site Wind Turbine Field Service Technician Opportunities with Siemens Energy



Orion is currently recruiting for multiple On-Site Wind Turbine Field Service Technicians for Siemens Energy, a sector of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering. We are looking for veterans with strong mechanical troubleshooting and maintenance/repair skills who are able to begin training in February 2012 for these positions. 

As a permanent, on-site Field Service Technician, you will perform basic service and maintenance activities on Wind Turbines, including troubleshooting/repair, lubrication, inspection, and cleaning.  You will be part of a two-person team with multiple teams covering each site. (One wind farm can have several hundred turbines). 

These positions begin with three weeks of training in Houston, TX, in February 2012, and six months of hands-on OJT. Once training is complete, you will be placed at one of the following wind farms: 

  • Ironwood Wind Farm, KS (near Dodge City, KS) 

  • Mountain Air Wind Farm, ID

  • Silver Lakes, IA (north-central Iowa)

  • Bison, ND (between Bismarck and Minot, ND)


  • Must be able to start training in Houston in February 2012

  • Strong mechanical troubleshooting and maintenance/repair skills

  • Good electrical troubleshooting skills preferred, but not initially required 

  • Comfortable working at significant heights (>300 ft) and in relatively confined spaces

  • Strong interpersonal, relationship-development, and communications skills

  • Must be open to living in very remote/rural locations

  • Successfully completion of a comprehensive profile screening

  • Honorable Discharge from U.S. Military Service 


Typical range is $42,000 to $47,000. With Overtime, first year total compensation can be well over $50,000.


Interviews will be held in January and February based on the Wind Farm for which you are applying:

  • January 12 in Wichita, KS for Ironwood Wind Farm, KS

  • January 19 in Boise, ID, for Mountain Air Wind Farm, ID

  • February 2 in Omaha, NE, for Silver Lakes, IA

  • February 9 in Bismarck, ND for Bison, ND


Click here to learn more or request an application.



Technical Positions with ConocoPhillips

Orion is recruiting for a large number of technical positions within ConocoPhillips’ Refinery Operations and Transportation divisions. This is your chance to join a leading global energy provider, ranked #4 on the Fortune 500, and #17 on the Global 500. 

We are hiring for a variety of position types, including:

  • Instrument & Electrical Technicians

  • Machinists

  • Welders

  • Terminal Operators

  • Controllers

  • Pipeliners

  • Utility Persons

  • Pipefitters / Boilermakers

Please click here to request more information.

Earn $100 for Every Referral that Finds their Career through Orion



Did you know that Orion candidates have already earned $2700 in referral bonuses in 2011?

For every job seeker you refer to us who is subsequently placed by Orion, we will give you a $100 gift card to a retailer of your choice!

It's simple - just click here to refer a friend.

30 seconds of your time could be $100 in your pocket!


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