The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - July 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Case for Hiring Veterans: Real-World Examples of Military Traits in Action in a Civilian Workplace

The national interest in hiring veterans, which became a federal initiative in 2011 as part of Joining Forces’ mission, continues to spread as companies ranging from the Fortune 100 to Main Street USA recognize the value of hiring a veteran. According the Monster’s 2012 Veteran Hiring Index, 69% of the 750 employers surveyed had hired a veteran in the past year. 99.9% said that they were doing as well or better than their nonveteran peers. And nearly all would recommend hiring a veteran to another company.

With new articles, interviews, and initiatives offering fresh perspectives on the topic constantly, the discourse touches every industry and career field. From Finance to Construction, and everything in between, veterans are being recruited and are utilizing their unique skill set to stand out and make a difference in their new career.

Recently, Bill Murphy, Jr., a journalist and entrepreneur in Washington, DC, published a series of article articles on Inc. com exploring what exactly it is about veterans that make them such great assets to their company. His article, “5 ‘Military Secrets’ Behind Steve Blank's Entrepreneurial Success” is the second in the series and focuses on the military traits that entrepreneur Steve Blank feels made him so successful. The traits he lists include Technical Training, Creative Problem-Solving, Recognizing Opportunity, Responsibility, and Perspective.

Over the course of the last 22 years that Orion has worked to match veterans with civilian careers, we have seen each of these traits translate into success for our candidates. Specifically, here are examples of how some of these traits have directly influenced how veterans perform on the job.

Technical Training goes beyond the direct translation of a Navy Nuke to a civilian SRO position and implies an inherent ability to put their technical skills to use in a variety of environments while adapting to new technology. Take Trisha Katula, a former Navy Electronics Technician, now employed by SuddenLink Communications. “My military training gave me an overview of all the different parts of the telecommunication world. Some older techs in this field are not accustomed to the change. A lot of things in this field are going from RF to IP, and people who have been dealing with RF all of their careers are having issues with this change,” explains Katula. But not Katula. Her military training continues to give her a leg up.

Creative Problem-Solving may be one of the most important traits, in that it can be applied to any industry in any position. For instance, Chris Pieczonka’s (a former Navy Surface Warfare Officer) experience came into play during one of his first assignments in the Sales and Marketing Development Program for Siemens Energy. The Chief Marketing Officer wanted him to provide projections on the need for renewable power generation, per state, in 2015, based on renewable portfolio standards set by each state and gave very little guidance beyond that. “I was extremely comfortable taking on a project that had very little direction as to how to accomplish the final goal,” describes Pieczonka.

Will Simmons also describes a specific example of when his experience as a former Air Force Captain helped him resolve a sticky situation at work. Simmons works in a union environment that had some issues with disconnects in communication between the operator and management level. “Just as I did when assuming a new command or new reports in the military, I sat down with them as a group and went over my expectations, but then took the time to meet with each one of them to go over where they felt their strengths were, what weaknesses (in both themselves and the organization) they saw, and where there was room for improvement,” explains Simmons, “I gathered all this information and then met with them again as a group to go over (with no attribution) some of the information that was brought to my attention. As a group, we went over the information that had been presented.”

And while this may sound like common sense, this approach truly made the difference for Simmons and his team. One year after he started with Actavis, Simmons was promoted from low-man-on-the-totem-pole to the Senior MRF Supervisor. “According to my immediate boss and the director, this promotion was based on my attention to detail, ability to execute under stress, and my ability to connect with the personnel that worked for (and with) me, thus producing excellent results,” says Simmons.

Another trait that we see repeatedly in our successful candidates is Responsibility. Veterans own their work environment and take responsibility, even when others do not know what to do. This take-charge attitude that is inherent in the military came in handy one night for Jim Green, a former Army Master Sergeant, when a fork truck caught fire at work at EJ Gallo Winery. “I grabbed a nearby extinguisher and doused the fire; and, when the flames had subsided, I removed the external fuel tank eliminating any possible danger to the people standing around. (I was recognized by the company for this.) I do believe the experiences I had in an unsafe environment enabled me to keep a cool head and take charge,” recalls Green.

And this trait leads us to one that Murphy did not cover: Safety. It is estimated that businesses spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses. Military professionals like Artur Landa, a former Navy Engineman, are trained to work efficiently while physically overexerted and with quick, precise reactions. "My military experience helps me even today in this industry, because it taught me to always work safely and to pay attention to details," explains Landa.

Landa's focus on safety is an important one. "Safely working on engines was a huge part of my military career and was the most important part of the job. If safety was not followed there was possibility of getting hurt or losing a finger or even worse," states Landa. Safety is paramount in the military, and veterans bring this focus with them to the civilian workforce.

These traits help create a stellar employee who often moves up quickly through the ranks, like we saw with Simmons. Robb Adams, who transitioned about 10 years ago and served both in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and the Army as a Field Artillery Captain, best illustrates this upward mobility: “In the past 10 years I have worked for two companies and have been promoted three times, served in leadership roles, and have seen my salary increase by 163%! I attribute all of these successes to the leadership and discipline that I learned while serving my country. In hindsight, I would not change a thing about my decision to serve as both an Army Officer and Navy Corpsman.”

And as these veterans climb the corporate ladder, a study out of Boston University by found that companies run by veteran CEOs perform much better under harsh economic conditions relative to the companies’ performance in good times. This has been interrupted by Ray Fisman in his article “Captains of Industry” as illustrating another trait from Blank, Perspective. “Once you’ve spent time managing a platoon (possibly under enemy fire), the stress of managing a company in a downturn is modest by comparison,” he writes.

As we near 30,000 veterans who have successfully found their civilian careers through Orion, we are happy to see so many companies appreciating what we have known since our inception in 1991! And we hope these examples provide a tangible description of how these intangible skills are demonstrated on a daily basis by former service members. Hiring a veteran is not just a patriotic act; it’s a smart, business move that can only boost a company’s bottom line while helping veterans find the gainful civilian employment they deserve.

Orion's First Conferences for Distinguished Technicians

Orion has created two special conferences to provide exceptional career opportunities for our candidates that have distinguished themselves in training, experience, and performance throughout their Military Careers. 

We are carefully selecting those candidates who exemplify the best the military has to offer – the top tier of military technicians, distinguished veterans with unmatched experience, certifications and professional aspiration, to attend our Distinguished Technical Hiring Conferences.

Distinguished Technical Veteran Hiring Conference

The Distinguished Technical Veteran Hiring Conference will be held July 15 & 16 in San Diego, CA, and is for Distinguished Military Veterans with a strong technical background that have demonstrated superior performance.

Our distinguished technical veterans include those that:

  • Have consistently ranked well above their peers in their professional military evaluations.
  • Have achieved the rank of E-5 or above
  • Are open to geographic location, and focused on civilian careers in Engineering, Quality, Maintenance, Operations, and/or Leadership.
  • Have achieved distinguished senior in rate qualifications such as Engineering Watch Supervisor, Engineering Officer of the Watch, Instructor or Master Training Specialist, Maintenance Supervisor, or Plant Watch Supervisor
  • Have qualified as a Nuclear Electrician, Electronics Technician, or Mechanic
  • Have exceptional experience in naval propulsion or power generation
  • Have attended Advanced Electronics Training

This is one of our premiere hiring events of the year. Companies such as ExxonMobil, Hitachi, Honeywell, and Siemens are just a few of the companies that will use this conference to find their next generation of technical talent.

If you would like to be considered for this Distinguished Technical Veteran Hiring Conference, please email Jay Koranda or call (858) 715-1501 x. 213.

Distinguished Military Technician Conference

Our Distinguished Military Technician Conference will be held July 14 & 15 in Jacksonville, FL.

Distinguished Military Technicians include:

  • Nuclear Qualified Electricians, Electronics Technicians and Mechanics 
  • Technical candidates with Bachelor’s degrees 
  • Technicians with distinguished certifications and experience, including Engineering Supervisors, Maintenance Supervisors, and Plant Watch Supervisors
  • Those open to high travel, with clean driving records, and excellent communication skills
  • Those that are geographically flexible and open to living in multiple regions of the country

This is one of our premiere hiring events of the year, and you will not see the quality of companies or positions at any other event. Companies such as The Hershey CompanyPhillips 66, SiemensMercedes-BenzHoneywell, and ConocoPhillips will use this conference to find their next generation of technical talent.

If you would like to be considered for this Distinguished Military Technician Conference, please email John Teague or call (800) 872-5002 x 120.

Don't just take our word on the success of our events:

Orion International was an excellent company to work with, and I think other transitioning military members would be remiss to not give them a chance. Orion exceeded all the expectations that I had for using a recruiting company. They were the only recruiting company that I found that actually cared about what I had to say."- Charles Hendon, Navy Nuclear Electronics Technician now in the High Tech Industry

The process could not have gone any better than it did. It would be a mistake for those getting out of military with a technical background to not take advantage of the service that Orion International can provide. My thanks and appreciation to Orion International and the recruiters involved!” – Leslie McCarty, Navy Firecontrolman now in the Medical Equipment Industry


USS Gettysburg, USS Philippine Sea, and USS Vicksburg Personnel - Interview in Mayport on July 17th - 18th


An Orion Hiring Conference is your chance to interview with Hiring Managers for positions that are a match with your background, skills, and preferences. This special event will be held in Mayport on July 17th-18th to bring you great Technical and Technical Supervision Career Opportunities in Field Service, Maintenance, Facilities Management, and more. We have invited top employers to interview at this event, including Siemens, Honeywell, Hershey, & ConocoPhillips.

You will have private interviews with Hiring Managers that are pre-arranged based on your background, skills and preferences, allowing you to research the company and industry beforehand.

In addition, we offer a full day of interview preparation, briefings on the interviewing companies and positions, and opportunities for you to network with the client companies. As with all of Orion’s services, there is never a fee of any kind for our job seekers to attend an Orion Hiring Conference.

Please apply now to register with Orion, and a recruiter will contact you to discuss the next steps.

Manufacturing Careers in Dallas/Fort-Worth for Combat Veterans

Orion International is currently recruiting talented combat veterans for manufacturing positions with a leading plastics manufacturer in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, area. These are temporary-to-permanent positions, where you will be an Orion employee for the first 120 days with the expectation of becoming a permanent employee of our client after good performance during the first 120 days. In these positions, you will work seven out of 14 days on a rotating shift alternating between days and nights.

Positions include:

  • Production Lead
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Machine Technician
  • Machine Operator


  • Recently and Honorably discharged veterans, no exceptions.
  • OIF and OEF combat veterans preferred.
  • Open to all MOSs and Branches but must possess strong mechanical acumen and proven mechanical aptitude.
  • Must be open to working a rotating shift - must be available to work a non-traditional schedule that includes days, nights and weekends, no exceptions.
  • Must be able to start work NLT 1 August 2013.
  • NO RELOCATION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE for this position. Must be a local candidate or able to readily self relocate, no exceptions.

Interviews will be held on June 28, with start dates to shortly follow offers.

Click here to learn more or apply.

Field Operations Specialist Positions with Top Provider of Online Services

Orion is recruiting for a number of Field Operations Specialists for a multinational, top online provider in the Maps division. This is an opportunity to be a part of a project that will change how we use and integrate technology into our everyday, business, personal, social lifestyles, as well as the environment around us.

As the Field Operations Specialist, you will work as part of a cross-functional team of four to eight people conducting Field Operations to collect data, verify and map accurate locations, and provide detailed descriptions of building and facilities. Every person of the team has specific responsibilities as well as shared collateral duties. This program is improving the accuracy and function of maps to increase the user/consumer experience and provide greater in-depth detail with enhanced pictorial views of buildings, complexes, etc.

Position Locations: Los Angeles, CA; New York City, NY; Mountain View, CA; Chicago, IL

Work Environment/Travel Requirements: Due to the project work nature of this position, you will have cyclical trends of hours worked and travel each week. Some weeks may be faster paced with high travel (up to 60-80 hours), while other weeks will have much lower travel (40 hours). All travel will be within the US. The estimated average of travel time is that half of the weeks will be high travel, working multiple days in a row (including overtime), and half of the weeks will be a normal work week schedule.

Salary: Compensation is $45k-$60k, with 20 percent to 50 percent overtime.

Position Requirements:

  • Must have a clean driving record (no DUIs or more than two tickets in past three years)
  • Must have good credit (must have a credit card)
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be capable of field related work - can physically walk and stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be capable and willing to do high travel
  • Must be able to work in a team environment
  • Must be a self-starter and detail-oriented
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and take personal responsibility for meeting deadlines and commitments

Upcoming Interview Dates:

  • Friday, July 12th – New York City, NY
  • Friday, July 26th – Mountain View, CA
  • Friday, August 9th – Chicago, IL

Click here to learn more or apply.

Interview with Phillips 66 on June 29

Orion is recruiting for a large number of technical positions with Phillips 66, an advantaged downstream energy company. This opportunity is brought to military veterans exclusively through Orion. Phillips 66 seeks strong former Military candidates with great leadership, solid education, great technical skills and relatable experience.

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

  • Instrument & Electrical Technicians (Click here to read position description.)

  • Machinists

  • Pipefitters / Welders (Click here to read position description.)

  • Terminal Operators

  • Pump Mechanics (Click here to read position description.)

  • Assistant Operators (Click here to read position description.)
  • Controllers

  • Pipeliners

  • Inspectors

  • Utility Persons

  • Boilermakers

  • Plant Operators (Click here to read position description.)

Phillips 66 Sweeny Refinery will be hosting an Onsite Career Fair on June 29 spotlighting the following maintenance positions:

  • Instrument Technician - Sweeny, TX
  • Machinist - Sweeny, TX
  • Pipefitter - Sweeny, TX
  • I&E Technician - Alvin, TX

Please click here for more information.

Maintenance Mechanic and Route Sales Representative Careers with Nestle Waters

Orion is recruiting for a number of positions with Nestle Waters, a bottled water division of the Nestle Group, a multinational food and beverage company. This is your chance to begin your civilian career with a globally recognized company in the food and beverage industry.

Route Sales Representatives (Click here to learn more about this position.)

These positions are located in Framingham, MA; Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Lanham, MD; Dracut, MA; Syossett, NY; San Francisco, CA; Long Island City, NY; Oakland, CA; and Kearny, NJ.

Maintenance Mechanic (Click here to learn more about this position.)

These positions are located in Lee, FL. Interviews for these positions will take place on June 27th in Lee, FL.

Click here to learn more.

Careers with ConocoPhillips

Orion International is currently recruiting for multiple career opportunities with ConocoPhillips, one of the world’s largest independent Exploration and Production companies based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With over 17,000 employees worldwide ConocoPhillips is active in almost 30 countries.

ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas and bitumen on a worldwide basis. Key focus areas include safely operating producing assets, executing existing major projects, and exploring for new resources in promising areas.

We are currently recruiting for:

  • I&E Technician, Beeville, TX

  • Utility Person, Gulf of Mexico

  • Able-Bodied Seaman, Gulf of Mexico

  • Mess Person, Gulf of Mexico

Click here to learn more and apply to be considered.

Maintenance 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 Maintenance Technician  and Maintenance Supervisor positions.

Maintenance Technician

Maintenance Technicians install, maintain, diagnose, troubleshoot, repair, remove, and balance various mechanical and electrical equipment along with their associated utilities.


  • Ensures operation of machinery and mechanical equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements on motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, and production machines; following diagrams, sketches, operations manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and engineering specifications; troubleshooting malfunctions
  • Determines changes in dimensional requirements of parts by inspecting used parts; using rules, calipers, micrometers, and other measuring instruments
  • Controls downtime by informing production workers of routine preventive maintenance techniques; monitoring compliance
  • Provides mechanical maintenance information by answering questions and requests

Location: Hazleton, PA; Robinson, IL; Memphis, TN 

Salary: $22.29 while training and $23.42 when qualified + OT

Shift Work: Candidates must be available for any shift: 7am-3pm; 3pm-11pm; 11pm-7am. Shift is not rotating.

Working Conditions:

  • Work will be performed within a manufacturing facility
  • The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required to include but not limited to safety toe shoes, ear plugs, safety glasses/goggles, bump caps, hair and beard nets, and gloves
  • Wearing company issued uniforms is a requirement


  • Must be flexible to work all shifts
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays and overtime
  • Must possess a minimum of 5 years of hands on mechanical experience to include mechanics, and electrical (480V, 3 phase and control voltage)
  • 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 problemsExperience with HVAC, boilers, and waste water treatment a plus
  • Physical Demands:
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Regularly required to work around operating equipment, stand, reach, stoop, crawl, and bend
  • Repetitive use of hands, wrists, and forearms

Interviews for Maintenance Technician positions in Memphis, TN, will be held June 26 in Virginia Beach, VA.

To learn more about these positions, please click here.

Maintenance Supervisor

With minimal direction and input from senior leadership, this position is expected to independently propose, plan, and execute projects to eliminate the root cause of manufacturing problems; independently execute projects of extremely high complexity which have a large impact on the on the company's current and/or future business interests; handle projects dealing with software, hardware, or procedural nature relating to processes, equipment or people. The Maintenance Supervisor is also expected to take a leadership role in their Business Unit Team.


  • Ensure that the entire maintenance area of responsibility proactively supports all plant goals including safety measures. Establish maintenance measures that fully support other plant goals.
  • Coordinate and administer daily interaction between all aspects of maintenance in your area of responsibility and all other departments in the plant.
  • Ensure that maintenance personnel have proper qualifications, are properly trained, and motivated to work productively both as part of a team and individually utilizing all TPM processes.
  • Ensure compliance with established standards and procedures involving safety, sanitation, good manufacturing policies, housekeeping and other plant programs.
  • Ensure compliance with administrative and reporting procedures.
  • Operate as the plant monitor including scheduling and complying to all aspects of SAP PM (PM's completed on time, work orders completed and properly documented, etc.), and champion proactive maintenance verses reactive maintenance.
  • Actively participate, initiate and fully develop support all TPM initiatives both personally and with all maintenance personnel reporting to supervisor.
  • Ensure all equipment and tools for which responsible are maintained in the proper operating condition to meet established plant needs, established safety, and sanitation, and etc., standards.

Location: Hazelton, PA; Memphis, TN

Salary: $65,000 – 80,000, plus OT and/or bonus


  • HS diploma required, Bachelor's Degree in a technology-related field is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 4 years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Minimum of 6 years maintenance experience in manufacturing/military required; food manufacturing preferred.

To learn more about these positions, please click here.

Data Center Technician Careers with a Leading Global Provider of Online Services

Orion is currently recruiting for a large number of Data Center Technicians for a leading global provider of online services. This is your chance to begin your career with one of the world’s most recognized and respected companies.

As a Data Center Technician, you will be responsible for designing and operating some of the most sophisticated electrical and HVAC systems in the world. Responsibilities Include:

  • Operating, monitoring and supporting all facilities activity at the data centers
  • Taking ownership of the operation and maintenance of water pumps and treatment systems, HVAC, UPS, generators, electrical distribution and control and monitoring systems
  • Implementing best-in-class environmental practices
  • Bringing the ideas of the Data Center Engineers to life and developing creative approaches to reducing operational costs while improving efficiencies
  • Ensuring that problems are identified and repaired quickly, that contractors deliver quality services and preventive maintenance, and that safety measures are being performed
  • Responding to data center performance issues and outages to minimize recovery time from failures in emergency situations or abnormal conditions
  • Helping inspect, maintain and repair various data center systems (e.g., piping, cooling, and non-critical electrical system components)
  • Providing daily assistance to senior technicians by reading blueprints/schematics, conducting tours of systems and assessing their working order

Position Locations: Caldwell County, NC; Mayes County, OK; Council Bluffs, IA; The Dalles, OR; Berkeley County, SC. Learn more about position locations.

Salary: $55k-$65k, depending on experience.

Benefits: Full benefits, including potential bonus and stock grants.

Position Requirements:

  • Associate's degree, trade school certification or other verifiable training in a relevant technical field (in lieu of degree, 2 years of relevant work experience).
  • 2 years’ experience at journeyman or technician level in a critical environment, or 2 years of equivalent military related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Universal Refrigerant Handler’s certification is preferred for mechanical applicants.
  • Data center, hospital or power plant experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of the electrical and mechanical systems used in a data center environment, including: Feeders, Transformers, Generators, Switchgear, UPS systems, ATS/STS units, PDU/PMM units, Chillers, Air handling units and CRAC units.
  • Ability to communicate intelligently and effectively with contractors who perform maintenance or upgrade work on these systems.
  • Ability to learn quickly and address issues as they arise during normal working hours or when on-call.

Interviews will be held on July 15 in in Jacksonville, FL. To be considered for an interview you must be available to begin working within 90 days of your first interview.

Click here to learn more or apply.

Wind Turbine Technician Careers with Gemini Energy Services

Gemini Energy Services, a Division of Orion International, is Seeking Wind Turbine Technicians for Traveling Field Technician Positions.

Gemini’s mission statement is to create solutions to complex wind turbine commissioning, operations, maintenance, service and installation challenges through a superior workforce, rigorous training, and safe operations.

Gemini has a focus on hiring former military men and women because of their highly technical backgrounds; they include avionics technicians, radar technicians, aviation electricians, electronics technicians, and more. Prior military technicians make ideal Gemini Turbine Technicians due to the similarities between their technical backgrounds (including component-level electronic and mechanical troubleshooting) and actual equipment within the industry. These skill sets are applicable and necessary because of the increasingly advanced equipment being installed as wind technology evolves.

Gemini's services to the wind industry include:

• Operations and Maintenance
• Commissioning
• Construction Support
• Major Component Changeout
• Warranty Services
• Remote Monitoring

Wind Turbine Technician Description:

This position is responsible for the installation, commissioning, and maintenance of wind turbine generators. You will perform testing, troubleshooting and repair of mechanical and electrical problems on variable pitch, variable speed turbines. You will assist in other areas of site construction, installation and commissioning as required and directed by designated site supervision.

Salary: $18/hour, plus overtime (average of 10-20 hrs of overtime per week when traveling).

Location: You can live anywhere in the United States within a reasonable distance to an airport.

Requirements: This position is a traveling position and you must be able to travel up to 6 weeks at a time and work up to 50-60 hours per week if needed, to meet project and maintenance schedules. You will perform weekend operations and repair of wind turbine generators as needed. You need the ability to consistently climb wind turbine towers up to 300 feet in height, up to 3 times a day.


To perform the job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

  • Familiarity with Direct Current Electricity, Alternating Current Electricity and Electronics.
  • Familiarity with Voltage Testers, Multimeters, Amp Clamps, Oscilloscopes, Meghommeters, Infrared Testers, Voltage Test Procedures, Lock Out Tag Out, Electric Static Discharge (ESD), Hydraulics, Accumulator Charging, Crane Hand Signals, Soldering, Fasteners, Torquing, Hytorques, Fiber Optics, First Aid. 
  • Must have clean DMV record and ability to operate service trucks as required. 
  • Ability to train other employees in operations, maintenance & repair procedures. 
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. 
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. 
  • Ability to define problems, collects data, establishes facts, and draw valid conclusions. 
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Click here to learn more.

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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 ranked #47 on the Fortune Global 500, and # 1 on the Electronics and Electrical Equipment Industry list. Siemens is the second largest non-government employer in the world, reporting worldwide revenue exceeding $120 Billion in 2011.

Positions include:

  • 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.

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

Careers with PCC Forged Products

Orion is currently recruiting for PCC Forged Products. Under its Forged Products division, PCC is the world-leading producer of complex forgings and high-performance nickel-based alloys and super alloys for aerospace, power generation, and general industrial applications.


  • Maintenance Supervisor (Click here for more info.)
  • Operations Supervisor (Click here for more info.)

We are currently recruiting for positions in these locations:

  • Houston, TX
  • Grafton, MA
  • Monroe, NC
  • Huntington, WV
  • Los Angeles, CA

To learn more, please click here.

Service Technician Positions with Bridgestone


Orion has partnered by Bridgestone, 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.

Click here for more information.

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. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) is a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz USA, which placed #12 on the 2012 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. 

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 - 35/hour, plus overtime and bonus potential, and the company provides an excellent benefits package.

Click here to learn more.

Attention Goose Creek Sailors - Advanced Resume Writing Class


Todd Hecht, an Orion Recruiter, will be visiting Goose Creek, SC, on July 31st from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm where he will be hosting an Advanced Resume Writing Class. This class will cover all aspects of writing a resume – why a resume is so important, what you should and shouldn’t include, how to write a resume that is easily understood by a civilian hiring manager, and much more.

Advanced Resume Writing Class - Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

JBS Charleston-WS
Fleet and Family Support Center
1005 Jefferson Avenue, Building 755
Goose Creek, SC

Seating will be limited, so email Todd to save a spot.

According to Your Peers

“I started looking for a new career in December 2012 after leaving the Marine Corps in August. Jacqueline Scaramazzo, my recruiter at Orion, was very friendly and very helpful.  She went beyond to help me land my new job. After I submitted my application through her, she set up the interview for me, and I was sent my offer letter about four days after my interview!” – Chris Miller, Warehouse Supervisor

“Jim Lewis and Jay Koranda were very proactive in helping me in my job search after I left the military. I went to two hiring conferences, and it was at the second one that I interviewed and eventually got hired on with the company I work with now. Orion exceeded my needs. I had a very pleasant job hunting experience and want to thank the Orion team for helping me get the jobs I have now.” – Kenneth Mirabal, Critical Systems Technician

"Orion has better preparation courses, a better understanding of veteran’s needs, and the ability to translate military qualifications into civilian careers. Even with my extended unemployment of five years they were willing to work with me, for which I am grateful.” – Jonathan Jones, Manufacturing Technician

“Orion went above and beyond my needs. I found them to be more hands on and people friendly than the competition. I would like to express my incredible tanks for all your assistance in helping me find the job that I was interested in.” – Carlos Rosales, Field Service Engineer

“I first heard about Orion after one of the recruiters went to my Navy TAP class. From there I started working with Tony Collopy. He set me up with attending a hiring conference, where I interviewed with Intel and was ultimately extended a job offer. Working with Orion was the best choice I made. I spent four months job searching and turning in resumes. I didn’t get an interview until I spoke with Orion. Tony helped me out through every step of the way. I am glad Orion came to my TAP class!” – Brian Azevedo, Manufacturing Technician

“I started working with Jim Lewis after I met him at a TAP class. Jim treated me with the utmost respect. I attended a hiring conference in June and from there interviewed with a few companies. I was notified a few weeks after the hiring conference for a follow-up interview, and I received a job offer soon after. My experience with Orion was great. I received great help and support from all the Orion staff. I got everything I asked for and more!” – Maurice Celestine, Hull 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 dates to request more information on the conference you’d like to attend!

Northern NJ

Norfolk, VA (Midwest positions) 


Chicago, IL

Detroit, MI

July 14 - 15

August 29 - 30


 Raleigh, NC

August 5 - 6

South Central  

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

June 23 - 24


Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

June 23 - 24

July 14 - 15

August 1 - 2

August 25 - 26

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.

Ballston Spa

San Diego


San Diego

San Diego

Virginia Beach

San Diego


San Diego

San Diego

Virginia Beach

Goose Creek

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

Did you know that Orion candidates have already earned $2200 in referral bonuses already in 2013?

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!

Companies Recently Hiring



Bridgestone Firestone

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Switch Communications

Toshiba Medical

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