The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - October 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Orion Alumnus Paul Andrews speaks at Joining Forces Event with First Lady Michelle Obama

On August 22, 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at Naval Station Mayport, FL, regarding the Joining Forces initiative that has challenged America’s private sector to hire 100,000 military members and their spouses by the end of 2013. Michelle Obama highlighted the successes of the program thus far, including 2,000 companies who have already exceeded the initiative’s goal, hiring over 125,000 military members and their spouses, and who have pledged to train and employ 250,000 more.

Introducing Michelle Obama was Orion International Alumnus and prior Naval Sonar Technician Paul Andrews, who was placed by Orion in April 2012. He expressed his thanks for Orion’s efforts in effectively coaching and training him on how to communicate with private sector companies, which assured him that civilian companies do value military skills. Andrews credited Orion International for helping him find “meaningful employment” after the military.

Paul Andrews' and Michelle Obama’s speeches can be viewed below:

For more information about Joining Forces and Orion International’s involvement, please click here.

Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Interviews are a time of excitement , anticipation, and anxiety for many job seekers. A good interview is the key to a new career. For this reason, it’s not always the most qualified person who gets an offer; it’s frequently the person who has the best interview. Here are some interview mistakes to avoid, so that you can put your best foot forward:

Lack of Enthusiasm

You must show energy and enthusiasm if you want to be seriously considered for any opportunity. If a company doesn’t see your desire or enthusiasm for a position during an interview, you will likely be disqualified from consideration for the position.

Vague Answers

A strong answer is supported by a detailed example. If you can’t provide an example, or the examples you provide in support of your answers are weak, your answers will not make the impact you need to land the position. An experienced interviewer will typically interpret your lack of solid examples as inadequate professional experience, and disqualify you for the position.

Inadequate Personality

Would you hire someone who demonstrated a poor attitude, lack of poise, lack of self-confidence, acted timid, or couldn’t complete his or her thoughts? You must come across as a confident, personable individual to make a positive impact on an interviewer.

Lack of Goals and Objectives

Companies hire former military personnel because they are focused and goal oriented. Know what you want going into an interview. A company will not hire a poorly motivated individual or someone who does not know what he or she wants, acts indecisive, or is not goal oriented.

Lack of Interest

A company simply will not hire someone who shows a lack of interest in the company or someone who is not interested in the type of work offered. Focus on getting your foot in the door, learn the business, and let your performance lead to promotions and career growth.

Poor Communication Skills

You have to do some self analysis, research yourself, and practice interview questions. If you don’t practice, you won’t be able to communicate as effectively as you will need to in an interview setting. Poor communication or presentation skills typically result from a lack of preparation.

Unrealistic Salary Demands

Be realistic. Get your foot in the door and work your way up. The most successful military candidates are those that focus on the opportunity and long term growth potential a company offers, versus short-term compensation.

Poor Personal Appearance

Appearance in an interview is critically important. Dress like a professional. Treat this interview as if you are going to meet your commanding officer for the first time. A poor appearance can doom an interview from the start.

Failure to Research the Company

If you can’t tell an interviewer why you are interested in the company or are unable to provide some basic information that shows you have done some research, most interviewers will interpret your lack of preparation as a lack of interest. Be a professional and take your job search seriously. Research the company in advance of your interview.

Geographically Fixed

The reality of the job market is that the more flexible you are geographically, the more opportunities you will be eligible for. Think hard about what you are open to. Everybody has different considerations that influence their search, but don’t restrict yourself to the point that you have to settle for a position you aren’t happy with.

Avoiding these pitfalls will help job seekers set themselves up for success and ensure that yet another position is filled with the best candidate -- a veteran!

You can visit Transition Corner to learn more.

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.

Click here to learn more.


Maintenance Pipefitter/Welder Careers with Phillips 66

Orion is currently recruiting for Maintenance Pipefitter/Welder positions with Phillips 66, an advantaged downstream energy company. This opportunity is brought to military veterans exclusively through Orion. Phillips66 seeks strong former Military candidates with great leadership, solid education, great technical skills and relatable experience.

These positions are in their Billings, MT, refinery. These positions offer the potential to earn $75,000 a year DOE through a $32.29/hr salary and O/T, plus bonus. Phillips 66 offers a full comprehensive and unmatched benefits package.


  • Prepare, plan, obtain, and set up materials and clearances to execute work

  • Inspect, maintain, and test equipment

  • Fabricate and assemble parts and equipment

  • Remove, repair, and replace pipes, tubing, or valves

  • Maintain logs and records

Requirements (some, but not all):

  • Prefer 3 years or more direct experience in a refinery or chemical plant environment, or related military service.

  • Ability to read/comprehend manuals, schematics, drawings, graphs, charts and diagrams.

  • Ability to diagnose equipment malfunctions and identify corrective actions.

  • Ability to operate tools such as saws, drill press, and assembling structural metal.

  • Willingness to work outside, at great heights, near high-speed machines, in enclosed spaces, and in harsh weather conditions.

Please click here for more information.


Maintenance Technician Positions with a Leading Truck and Heavy Equipment Vendor


Orion is currently conducting phone interviews for Maintenance Technician Positions in Texas, North Dakota, and Minnesota for a leading truck and heavy equipment vendor that operates 60 locations in 11 states. These positions offer exceptional career growth potential.

Service mechanics will maintain and repair a variety of industrial agricultural and construction equipment, machinery, and components to ensure their safe operation and customer readiness for rental or purchase. The majority of maintenance assignments will be focused on repairing mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic elements on equipment. This position requires a mechanical background of various engines with the ability to diagnose and repair hydraulic and electrical systems.

As you perform and progress as a service mechanic, you will be part of a dedicated mechanic training and development program. After 2-3 years you will go out on your own to lead teams of mechanics in a service management role.

Salary is exceptionally competitive and starts in the $20/hr. range (DOE). Total compensation includes an aggressive bonus structure, per diem, housing allowance, and remote site pay, as well as a first class benefits package. 

Position Requirements

  • Must be an Honorable Discharged Veteran

  •  Must be an OEF or OIF Combat Veteran

  • Must have a Maintenance MOS

  • Must have a clean driving record

  • Must be available to start work No Later Than October 1st

  • Must be open to relocation

We will be conducting phone interviews throughout September and October.

To learn more, please email us.

Hiring Former Military Maintenance Mechanics and Electricians in Oklahoma City

Orion is currently recruiting Mechanics and Electricians for an Oil and Gas manufacturing firm headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They are a world class global supplier and manufacturer of oilfield pumping equipment.

As a mechanical tech or an electrical tech, you will be building fracturing and stimulation equipment as part of a manufacturing team for the Oil and Gas industry. These pieces of equipment can range up to 3,000 horsepower and can be modified to meet the customer’s preferences for engines, transmissions and pumps. You will work as part of a team to build these custom units from the ground up. You will work from 0700 to 1530 (1st Shift) with overtime that can range from 5-10 hours per week. Our client is looking for former military technicians to learn their product line, become familiar with the manufacturing process and assume greater leadership roles within their organization.

Depending upon your military maintenance experience, first year salaries can easily range from $45K to 65K with a tremendous benefits package.

Position Requirements

  • Honorably Discharged Veteran

  • OIF/OEF Combat Veteran

  • Technical MOS

  • Clean driving record

  • Able to start work in November 2012

  • Willing to re-locate to Oklahoma City

  • Available to interview on 5 October in Oklahoma City

Interviews will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, on October 5.

Send us an email to learn more.

Service Technician Positions with Bridgestone/Firestone

Orion has partnered by Bridgestone/Firestone, a leading tire production company since the early 20th century to offer career opportunities for those seeking a rewarding career after the military. This is your chance to begin your career with a growing company.

We are currently recruiting for Service Technicians – Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technicians in Aiken, SC and Wilson, NC. The Service Technician – Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technician position is a multi-craft position in electrical, mechanical, and electronic skills.

To be qualified for this position, you must have an Associate’s degree in Electronics, General Technology, Robotics, or related field and 2+ years in industrial maintenance experience, or 3+ years similar experience plus military background.

Interviews will be held Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8 in Jacksonville, FL. You must be available to begin work by January 1.

Click here for more information.

Careers with Honeywell

Orion is currently recruiting for Electro-Mechanical Builder and Pipeline Assembly Electronic Technician careers for Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company.


Electro-Mechanical Builder


The Electro-Mechanical Builder will assemble, calibrate, adjust, troubleshoot and repair a variety of components, devices and systems according to pre-determined specifications using the appropriate test equipment.



Pipeline Assembly Electronic Technician


The Pipeline Assembly Electronic Technician will assemble, calibrate, adjust, troubleshoot and repair a variety of production assemblies, components, devices and hardware systems according to predetermined specifications using the appropriate test equipment. Additionally, you will troubleshoot, maintain, and when required set up and operate miscellaneous microprocessor or solid state circuitry controlled production machines and equipment and perform computer input operations. 


Position Location: Minneapolis, MN


Work Schedule: These positions are part of the union. You must be flexible to work any shift.


Relocation: Relocation assistance is not provided.


Salary: Salary ranges from $20-$24/hr.


Benefits: Honeywell offers outstanding medical/dental/vision plans; an excellent 401(k) (up to 8% match of employee contribution); bonus opportunities based on company performance (0-5% of salary annually); tuition reimbursement; and an excellent training program.


Career Progression: At Honeywell, you will progress in an environment that attracts excellent talent, creates challenging assignments, offers competitive rewards, and fosters constructive communication. Honeywell is one of the most admired and respected companies in the world. Successful candidates will be afforded a multitude of career growth opportunities in many business divisions in Honeywell.


Position Requirements


  • 4+ years of military experience with a history of success to include accelerated promotion path
  • Electronics training from the military and/or an accredited university
  • Familiar with various tools, machines, equipment and jobs in the area so, if required, can perform/operate any job assignment
  • Must be able to handle lightweight parts and materials, work seated or standing, and occasionally handle heavy fixtures
  • Ability to pass a background check and drug screen


Interviews will be held on Friday, September 21 in Minneapolis, MN.


Click here to learn more or apply.


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 (some but not all):

  • 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 

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 (some but not all):

  • 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.


Technician Careers with BP

Orion is recruiting for Mechanical Technicians, Electrical Technicians, and Instrument Technicians for BP, a leading provider in the oil and gas industry. We are currently hiring for BP in Houma, LA. This is your chance to begin your civilian career with an outstanding company, dedicated to the exploration, production, refining, trading, and distribution of energy.

  • We are seeking GSMs, jet engine mechanics, nuclear and conventional EMs, GSEs, high voltage electricians; and industry-experienced I & E technicians.
  • Position is based in Houma, LA, and you will work 2 weeks on / 2 weeks off
  • You do not need to relocate, and can live anywhere within a 5 hour drive of Houma, LA
  • Must be available to begin working by December 10th, 2012

We will be holding interviews in October in Houston, TX. If selected to attend, travel and lodging will be provided.

Click here to learn more or applied to be considered.

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:

  • Raleigh Military Hiring Event: December 3 - 4

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


Job Seeker Success



“I was referred to Orion by my good friend and supervisor in the Navy, and I have nothing but good things to say about Orion. My recruiter, Matt Clingon, is a great guy. He was always up front about everything he had to say, and he worked hard to get me where I am. I know I did the leg work, but I couldn't have done it without him.

I am a Field Service Engineer working for Tokyo Electron Limited. The similarities are many. I was an E-4/ Navy Electronics Technician and feel my strong electronics background coupled with my industrial (Aircraft Carrier) experience made me a good fit to jump into the semiconductor field. I work in the IBM323 FAB located in Fishkill, which (minus the clean environment) reminds me very much of the Aircraft carrier I was on. The 323 FAB is no ship, but the industrial feel is ever present with the 24/7 operation and people constantly employed.

I'd like to thank recruiters Matt and Tony Hoffman, as well as John Collins, for all the work they did getting me placed and going the extra mile for me. They put up with my persistent phone calls and gave me the tools for success. Those tools were good interview techniques, coaching, confidence in myself and my qualifications, and the representation to the companies I was trying to work for. Without them, I'd still be working part time in a liquor store.” - Joshua Warden, Field Service Engineer





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

Virginia Beach, VA

Boston, MA

October 7 - 8

November 4 - 5

November 11 - 12


Norfolk, VA (Midwest positions)

Chicago, IL

September 30 - October 1

October 21 - 22


Atlanta, GA

October 28 - 29

South Central

Houston, TX

October 7 - 8


Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

September 23 - 24

October 14 - 15

November 4 - 5


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Did you know that Orion candidates have already earned $2000 in referral bonuses already in 2012?

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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