The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - August 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Monster Releases its Latest Veteran Talent Index


In the second release of their Veteran Talent Index since its inception in November 2011, Monster sheds light on an increasingly positive trend among employers toward hiring veterans. The May 2012 Employer Veterans Hiring Index, a monitor of how employers who have hired multiple veterans in the past year compare work performance to non-veteran employees, surveyed over 900 employers. And, while the Index dropped three points from 74 to 71, it does indicate an overall increase in confidence in veteran employees.

The Index revealed a 3 point increase over last year in employers who had hired more than one veteran within the past year, rising from 70% to 74%. A whopping 99% of employers surveyed felt their veteran employees’ work experience was the same or much better than non-veteran workers, and the same percentage would recommend hiring a veteran.

These employers also reported that veterans were the best qualified candidate for the job. Interestingly, survey results showed that this may not be due to the veterans’ work and military experience as much as to their much needed special skills and talents. Additionally, many jobs (72% according to the Talent Index) require less than five years of work experience, while a vast majority of veterans (83%) have more than five years of military experience.

These positive trends, however, are countered by decreasing confidence among veterans in finding jobs. This may be due in part to the fact that less than haf of the veterans who responded to the Veterans Career Confidence Index feel prepared for their transition. Despite this frustration, though, these same veterans have an increased sense that their military skills are valuable in civilian careers (up to 75% from 73% in November 2011).

The report has the following advice for transitioning veterans: When deciding where to look for a job, be aware that the larger the geographic area you include in your search, the higher your chances are of finding work. The narrower your area, the fewer the opportunities. If you're willing to relocate, make this a conscious part of your job hunting process.

The  Employer Veterans Hiring Index  is a great indicator of an ever growing trend toward hiring veterans. It also shows that those that do hire veterans are happy with their choice, continue to hire more veterans, and would recommend that other employers hire veterans, as well. With the proper preparation and resources, veterans should be  poised to take advantage of this trend while proving what we here at Orion already know: veterans are a great asset to any company looking to expand their workforce with talented, innovative, hardworking employees.


Veteran Spotlight: Tom Grady



Tom Grady

U.S. Army, Petroleum Supply Specialist, Specialist

My transition out of the military was a little rough due to the economy and job market at the time of my departure.  I was stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado, and separated in March 2006. There were a lot of soldiers getting out of the military in Colorado Springs, so jobs for ex-soldiers were scarce.  

When I separated, I knew I wanted do something with my life other than being a soldier.  I thought about my son growing up while I was off in some other country fighting.  But, at the same time, I didn’t have a lot of experience outside of the military.  I was only 19 when I joined. Four years later when I was getting out, I had no further education or experience other than my Army training.

I had 23 days of terminal leave saved up, and it ended up being about 30 days after I left the military that I was hired by my first civilian employer through Orion International, although I didn’t start my job for another six weeks. My first job was in the logistics and distribution field in Iowa. 

After about 14 months, I was promoted and moved to Stockton, California, to be the 2nd Shift Shipping/Receiving Supervisor. I started my career with my employer as a trainee, and, after about six months of learning everything that I could about the business, they started giving me more and more responsibilities.  I was in charge of several small projects, and I filled in for other members of management when they were sick or on vacation.  It was a great opportunity to learn many aspects of our business for many perspectives.  

I was in charge of order picking after about a year in Iowa when I was contacted by another facility manager in our company.  He offered me a 3rd shift manager position in California.  After the distribution center in California opened, it became apparent that the economy did not require that we work three shifts, so I was offered a position as the Shipping and Receiving Supervisor on second shift at the same pay rate.

Unfortunately, in May 2010, I was laid off after four years of employment due to a reduction of redundant management positions. I then worked for an awning manufacturer for about six months as their Warehouse Manager before returning to Colorado Springs to work for a plumbing supply distributor as their Inventory Control Specialist in July 2011. I am still in this position.

My being hired into this position was heavily influenced by my military experience.  The founder of the company is a WWII veteran and his son, the current owner, has a lot of respect for veterans.  My military experience combined with my management experience equated to over 10 years of management experience.  At my age, that put me ahead of quite a few others!

My time in the civilian workplace has taught me to step up and make more decisions on my own.  In the Army, there was always someone telling you exactly how something should be done.  During my first job out, I found myself often explaining to my boss what works and what doesn’t.  I have written many pages in our SOP (standard operating procedure). In the Army, the SOP was not a living document.  You just did as you were instructed.

The drive and ability to make things happen and motivate employees to perform (both skills I learned from my time in the Army) have really put me ahead of others in the work place.  It was drilled into my head as a soldier to never accept failure as a viable option and to train and prepare for the worst situation.  Those skills become very useful in a fast paced work environment.

In my experience, one thing that is important to do as you transition out of the military is sell yourself well. You have more skills than you realize.  When you interview, cite specific examples and situations and use terminology that someone off the street would understand.  A lot can be lost in translation if you speak in military lingo. Don't be afraid to talk yourself up, because no one else will.

To learn more about Tom Grady's transition experience, please click here.


Maintenance Technician Careers with Mercedes-Benz

Orion is currently recruiting Maintenance Technicians for Mercedes-Benz’ manufacturing facility in Vance, Alabama. This is an outstanding opportunity for transitioning and former military technicians to begin your civilian career with a world class company.

Maintenance Technicians are responsible for working in a team environment to maintain equipment in a safe and effective manner, supporting production targets and requirements. Maintenance Team Members are multi-skilled and required to perform all tasks needed to maintain equipment – electrical, mechanical, software, hardware, troubleshooting, etc.

To be qualified for this position, you should be a transitioning or former military technician with an electrical, electronics, or electro-mechanical background, with at least 3 years of maintenance experience in the military. You must possess strong electrical and PLC knowledge and will be required to pass subject matter tests.

Starting salary is $25/hour, plus overtime and bonus potential, and the company provides an excellent benefits package.

We will be holding interviews in Vance, AL, on July 22 - 25. If selected to interview, your travel and lodging will be paid. 

Click here to learn more.



Honeywell U.S. Army Integrated Logistics Support Service Program



Orion is currently recruiting for a variety of logistics positions for Honeywell to fulfill the U.S. Army’s Integrated Logistics Support Service Program. Under the contract, Honeywell is managing global inventory, maintenance, and operations for three Army Field Support Brigades.

We are seeking soldiers with Supply MOSs to fill many positions including Property Book Team Chief, Master Supply Technician, Contract Hand Receipt Holder, Data Entry Tech, and Quality Assurance Operations.

You should be able to start before August 1st. Pay is highly competitive, and all positions are located in Afghanistan.

Positions & Requirements

Property Book Team Chief

  • At least ten (10) years of property management experience

  • Property Book Unit Supply-Enhanced (PBUSE) skills required

  • In-depth knowledge of supply program relationships, concepts, and methodologies pertaining to Supply / Property Book Accountability and supply areas of logistics operations required

  • Experience at the Division property book level required

  • U.S. Citizen and Secret level government clearance required

Supply Technician

  • Seven (7) years minimum of Property Book or related supply experience

  • Must have worked at a Battalion S4 NCOIC or higher level

  • U.S. Citizen and Secret level government clearance required.

  • Planner experience

  • Expertise in SME PBUSE

Contract Hand Receipt Holder

  • Five (5) or more years of experience in the field or a related area of property management

  • Knowledgeable and proficient in the use of Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE)

  • Knowledgeable and proficient in the use of the Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) web site

Data Entry Tech

  • Administrative experience required

Quality Assurance Operations

  • Bachelor’s degree in an applied science, such as Business

  • Five (5) years of demonstrated experience working in the logistical field, or at least ten (10) years of program related experience

  • Must have experience with MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and working knowledge of Access database programs

  • Quality management or related discipline

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the evaluation of processes and controls, along with the ability to inspect or evaluate workforce performance to the process

  • Knowledge of Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE)

For more information, please click here. 


Technical Support Technician Careers with Corning Cable Systems

Orion is recruiting for Technical Support Technicians for Corning Cable Systems, the leading manufacturer of fiber optic and copper communications system solutions for voice, data, and video network applications worldwide. We are currently hiring for Corning Cable Systems in Midland, NC.

This is your chance to begin your civilian career with an outstanding company, with over 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive collaborative culture.

Technical Support Technicians are responsible for the mechanical and electrical maintenance of specific equipment and systems required to support the manufacture of optical fiber, daily maintenance and troubleshooting of their respective equipment and systems, planning and facilitating the transfer of designated routine preventive maintenance tasks for ownership and performance responsibility to the Manufacturing Technicians on the various operations and peripheral support teams, developing, documenting and executing of maintenance routines (preventive, predictive and reactive) to ensure maximum process selects, and utilizations, and frequently performing maintenance tasks. 

Position Details

Work Schedule: Rotating shifts (day/night) that amount to working 14 of every 28 days; two weekends and one seven-day stretch per month off.

Travel Requirements: Less than 10 percent.

Salary: $19.40 per hour, ($40,352k/year), plus overtime.

Benefits: Corning Cable Systems offers excellent benefits, including Medical, Dental, FSA, STD, LTD, and numerous financial planning opportunities such as a 401K and a retirement fund supported by the corporation.

Career Progression: Top performers who demonstrate their value to the company can move into supervisory or managerial roles. Corning places a great deal of importance on retaining top talent.

Position Requirements:

  • Specific technical knowledge and skills which are normally acquired through previous accredited technical training curriculums and/or directly applicable manufacturing support experiences gained via previous employment

  • 2-Year (AAS Mechanical/Electronics) Associates Degree and/or 4+ years of directly related manufacturing maintenance experience is required to successfully perform the job

  • Understanding and working knowledge of how machines and tools operate, including an ability to determine how machine parts relate to other components within a mechanical system

  • Understanding and working knowledge of basic electrical principles (e.g. how electricity is produced; how machines are powered by electricity), and the ability to apply this knowledge to the operation and maintenance of equipment

  • Experienced with the set-up and operation of troubleshooting and data recording test equipment

  • Familiar with reading and writing PLC Control Programs

  • Capable of characterizing and calibrating to mass flow, voltage, current, pressure and temperature

  • Experienced with open and closed loop control systems

  • Must be experienced in the operation and maintenance of simple and complex hand and power tools

  • Understanding of the safe working procedures and standards required when working around/with energized electrical systems, high pressure systems, vacuum systems and industrial rotational equipment (pumps, motors and fan systems)

  • Proficient in reading and working with block diagrams, process flow diagrams, Piping and Instrumentation (P&ID) Diagrams, schematic diagrams, electrical distribution diagrams

  • Must be capable of using personal and networked computer systems (report writing using data analysis and visual trending tools a must)

Interviews will be held in Midland, NC, on Friday, July 20th.

To learn more, please click here.

Electronics and Maintenance Technician Positions for Oilfield Services Company


Orion is recruiting for Maintenance Technician and Electronics Technician positions in the Oil and Gas industry with an oilfield services company. We are currently hiring for Maintenance Technician and Electronics Technician positions in south Texas and west Texas. This is your chance to begin your civilian career in a growing industry.

Maintenance Technicians are responsible for working on a variety of equipment such as diesel engines, hydraulic pumps and motors, centrifugal pumps, PTOs, drivelines, suspensions, and brakes. Electronics Technicians are responsible for working on various types of electronics related to acquisition and process control and satellite systems.  Additionally, Electronics Technicians will be required to have a working knowledge of relay circuits, frequency sensors, and current loop circuits, soldering knowledge, and computer skills.

Position Details

Work Schedule: 12-hour shifts with six days on with three days off.

Salary: $17-20 per hour depending on experience, with tremendous overtime potential.

Career Progression: Over 60% of the field managers are promoted typically from within, so this is an excellent opportunity to develop a career. An excellent employee training program is offered.

Position Requirements:

  • Must be an honorably discharged military veteran

  • Must have a technical military MOS

  • Must have a clean driving record

  • Must be willing to relocate to south Texas (Laredo, San Antonio, Alice) or west Texas (Midland).

  • Must be available to start work no later than September 3rd

Interviews will be held on Friday, August 10 in Austin, TX.

Please click here to learn more.

Technical & Supervisory Careers with a Major Airline


Orion is currently recruiting for supervisory and technical careers with a major airline operating in the United States.  These positions are located in the Northeast, Southeast, and Western US.

We are seeking candidates with an FAA Airframe and Powerplant license; and will consider those that are within 30 days of obtaining their A&P license.

If you feel you are qualified and are interested in learning more about these career opportunities, please click here

Technician Positions with The Hershey Company

Orion has partnered with The Hershey Company, the #1 Chocolate Maker in the country, to offer outstanding career opportunities to Technicians seeking a rewarding career after the military. We are currently recruiting transitioning  Military Technicians for HVAC Technician and Maintenance Technician positions.

HVAC Technician Position Description

As a HVAC Technician for Hershey’s, you will be responsible for installing, maintaining, diagnosing, troubleshooting, repairing, removing, balancing, calibrating and adjusting heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and units throughout the plant and office facilities as well as possessing electrical and HVAC theory. 

Position Location: Hazelton, Pennsylvania

Position Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age 

  • Must possess a High School diploma/GED 

  • Must be flexible to work any shift 

  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays and overtime, which at times may be short notice 

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs 

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States 

  • Must possess a minimum five years relevant experience in HVAC to include electrical, plumbing, sheetmetal and industrial refrigeration 

  • Must possess working knowledge of DDC controls and pneumatic controls 

  • Completion of Universal certification for refrigerant recovery and usage 

  • Basic computer skills 

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • SAP experience preferred 

  • Food manufacturing experience is highly preferred 

  • Experience with Safe Quality Food (SQF) practices is preferred 

  • Experience with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) is preferred 

  • Experience with Autonomous Maintenance (AM) is preferred 

  • Experience with Continuous Improvement methodology is preferred 

  • Good attendance is very important 


Maintenance Technician Position Description

As a Maintenance Technician for Hershey’s, you will be responsible for installing, maintaining, diagnosing, troubleshooting, repairing, removing, and balancing various mechanical and electrical equipment along with their associated utilities. 

Position Location: Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Position requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age 

  • Must be flexible to work all shifts 

  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays and overtime 

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States 

  • Must possess a minimum of 5 years of hands on mechanical experience to include mechanics, electrical (480V, 3 phase and control voltage), millwright, welding, plumbing, conveying and packaging equipment 

  • Must have basic understanding of PCs and basic computer skills 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with hydraulic and pneumatic systems operational theory, troubleshooting and repair; including ability to read blueprints and schematics and systematically diagnose and repair problems 

  • Experience with mechanical drive systems including chains, belts, shaft, and gear drives and system operation and performance 

  • Experience with HVAC, boilers, and waste water treatment a plus 

To learn more about theseposition, please click here.



Technical Careers in the Oil & Gas Industry


We are currently seeking technicians to work a variety of gas pipeline positions in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and North Dakota. This is an excellent opportunity to translate your military skill set into a career in the Oil & Gas Industry. 

Our client provides an industry-leading benefits package, including full relocation assistance, a very generous vacation and sick time policy, annual bonus, and many additional company-provided perks. 

You should have a technical, mechanical or electro-mechanical background, and be able to begin work no later than August 1, 2012. Please send an email to to learn more about these positions.  


Equipment Operator Positions in the Oil & Gas Industry

Orion is currently recruiting for multiple clients for a large number of Equipment Operator positions within the Oil & Gas Industry in Texas and New Mexico. We are seeking combat veterans who are proven achievers with an outstanding work ethic and strong teambuilding skills. Oil & gas experience is not required, although you must have a strong general mechanical and technical aptitude.

The work is tough, and you will be required to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Your work schedule will be on a rotating shift, and you will live on site during your shift. This is an opportunity for you to begin your civilian career in the Oil & Gas industry, with tremendous career growth potential.

Salary is competitive with significant overtime and bonus potential. The base hourly rate will be significantly increased once the initial probationary period is completed, typically 90 days. During the probation period, you must demonstrate that you can work hard, adapt to the Oilfield environment, and contribute to the team. It is not uncommon to make greater than $75k during the 1st year of employment.

Click here to learn more about these positions.

Technical Careers with Siemens Corporation



Orion is currently recruiting for a large volume of technical positions across all segments of Siemens Corporation within the U.S.

Over the last ten years, Orion has placed over 520 former and transitioning military job seekers into great careers within Siemens divisions including Building Technologies, Water, Healthcare & Medical, Energy and Mobility. Siemens is currently ranked #40 on the Fortune Global 500, and # 1 on the Electronics and Electrical Equipment Industry list. They are the second largest non-government employer in the world, reporting worldwide sales revenue exceeding $102 Billion in 2010.

· Field Service and Field Operations;

· Technical and Service Support;

· Materials and Logistics;

· Quality Assurance and Control;

· Facilities and Project Engineering.


To be considered for these positions you must be a Military Technician with an Electronics, Electrical, HVAC or AC & R background.

Orion will be hosting Siemens at the following events:

  • Norfolk Military Hiring Event: August 19 - 20

  • Ft. Hood Military Hiring Event: September 9 - 10

  • Camp Lejeune Military Hiring Event: October 11 - 12 

  • Raleigh Military Hiring Event: December 3 - 4

  • Ft. Campbell Military Hiring Event: December 6 - 7

Please visit us online if you are interested in learning more.



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!


Fishkill, NY

August 12 - 13


Norfolk, VA (Midwest positions)

Cincinnati, OH

August 19 - 20

September 9 - 10


Atlanta, GA

Raleigh, NC

August 5 - 6

September 17 - 18

South Central

Houston, TX

August 12 - 13


Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

August 9 - 10

August 26 - 27

September 23 - 24



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

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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.

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