The Hunter for Technicians and Leaders - April 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Orion Founding Partner Randy H. Nelson on His New Book, The Second Decision

On Friday, March 6th, Randy H. Nelson stopped by Orion International’s headquarters in Cary, NC, to speak about his book, The Second Decision, that came out last month, as well as to sign copies. Randy was a founding partner of Orion International and led the way for many of the business systems and procedures that the company uses today.

Randy spoke briefly about his vision of forming Orion International with four other former Junior Military Officers, relating the tremendous growth that the company saw within the first couple of years. Today, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Randy and his business partners, Orion International has grown into five offices and has placed over 33,000 veterans into civilian careers. Read more about Orion International’s history here.

He then went on to speak about his book, which addresses the second part, or “second decision”, of becoming an entrepreneur.  He explained that while it is easy to begin a business, running a successful business requires extensive business knowledge and decision-making processes, posing the question, “Do you have what it takes to run a business?”

Randy H. Nelson reads an excerpt from his book at Orion's headquarters in Cary, NC

Randy finished his talk with a call to action to become more self-aware, especially in the area of knowledge. “Always keep learning,” he stated, “and when you think you’ve learned it all – start again.”

The Second Decision is available for purchase here. You can learn more about Randy Nelson and his story on his website.

Orion International on LinkedIn

Did you know that there are nearly 11,000 of your colleagues following Orion on LinkedIn? Join them now, and you’ll not only get Orion updates, but you’ll also have access to our Careers page, listing some of our newest opportunities for transitioning veterans.

If you’re not already on LinkedIn, you should be! Having a professional profile on LinkedIn is an important step for job seekers. Not only does it make you visible to recruiters, but it also enables you to search jobs through pages like our Careers page. Learn more about leveraging LinkedIn here.

See you online!

The Most Memorable Job Interview Mistakes

Recently, Careerbuilder released the results from a survey of more than 2,000 HR professionals and hiring managers on the interview process. Of those surveyed, nearly half said that they can tell within the first five minutes of an interview whether or not the person is worthy of the position. In addition, 90 percent stated that they have made up their mind about the person within 15 minutes of the interview.
While this may sound discouraging, take note from the interview mistakes below of those who most certainly did not get the job, according to those surveyed:

  • Candidate thought it appropriate to sit in a yoga pose during the interview.
  • Candidate brought their dog to the interview.
  • Candidate hugged the president of the company.
  • Candidate said they didn't like getting up early and didn't like to read.
  • Candidate said he had to quit his banking position because he was tempted to steal.
  • Candidate emptied the employer's candy dish into her pocket.
  • Candidate called in sick to her current employer, faking an illness.
  • Candidate stated that he would do whatever it takes to get the job done, legal or not.
  • Candidate called his wife to see what they were having for dinner.
  • Candidate said he didn't want the job if he had to work a lot.
  • Candidate asked to postpone the start date so she could still get holiday gifts from her vendors at her current job.
  • Candidate wouldn't answer a question because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.
  • Candidate denied he had a cell phone with him even though it could be heard ringing from his briefcase.
  • Candidate reached over and put his hand on the interviewer's knee.

Keep in mind that body language has a huge impact on how you come across in an interview as well. Don’t play with your hair or face, and don’t have a handshake that is either too strong or weak.

If you are nervous about making a good impression at your own interviews, Orion offers outstanding interview preparation resources in the Transition Corner. From there, you can learn about the different types of interviews, review sample interview questions, and learn more about common interview mistakes.

According to your Peers

“I would and have recommended Orion to all of my fellow Veterans. Orion was there for me from start to finish and helped me achieve a career that I am proud of and that treats employees the way they should be. Orion is the only company that I have found that truly cares about Veterans and helping them find a new career. Whatever your needs are – resume writing, career search, advice, anything you may need; they are more than happy to help. What's even better is that Orion’s staff are Veterans themselves, so they have been in your shoes and know exactly what you're going through! Thank you Orion for my new career, my family and I couldn't be happier.” – Ryan VanDyke, Business Consultant, Bank of America Merchant Services

“Orion actually does care about your career! I had two job offers, and Jay Koranda personally sat down with me and helped me decide which one was the most in line with my career and personal goals. The staff at Orion is very knowledgeable in the career fields, with some staff being prior employees of the companies I interviewed with. Overall I was very pleased and would recommend Orion to everyone I know in the military with a technical rating!” – Joel Reed, Installation Customer Service Engineer, ASML

“All of the recruiters in which I had involvement with went out of their way to ensure that I was prepared for all of my interviews and ready to transition out of the military, and put most of my fears of transitioning to rest . Orion met my needs and exceeded my expectations with how much they helped me in my search for a new career and transition from the military.” – Blake Hamby, Mechanic, Spectra Energy

Read more testimonials from your fellow Military Technicians and Leaders here.

Career Opportunities Within Orion

 Military Talent Program (MTP) Recruiter - San Diego, CA

Orion is currently seeking a Military Talent Program (MTP) Recruiter in our San Diego office.

The MTP Recruiting Team is the front-line of Orion’s Military Talent Program. The team is assigned specific MTP accounts based on job type, geography, branch of service, or candidate specialty and are responsible for sourcing, screening, preparing, matching, and placing candidates into MTP positions.  

Position Description:

As an MTP Recruiter you will be responsible for the execution and support of Hiring Events, Direct Placements, and Mini-Conferences.  

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working with former and transitioning military candidates and identify those who have the skills and abilities our MTP clients are looking for.
  • Sourcing, screening, and matching candidates for opportunities based on a variety of qualifications.
  • Meeting assigned placement and revenue goals.  
  • Delivering professional presentations and training classes.
  • Occasionally travel to visit bases and participate in job fairs.
  • Preparing candidates for interviews and working with them through the Orion pipeline, from sourcing, to acceptance of a job offer, and after they begin their new position.
  • Daily activities will include but are not limited to: searching for candidates, cold calling candidates, screening candidates, identifying candidates for opportunities, and working with candidates on resume preparation and interviewing skills.

Compensation and Benefits:

Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment. We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure. We also include a 401k plan, medical and dental, disability, and profit sharing. At Orion, we believe in promoting our top performers in a company that is focused on growth.


  • Must have served in the United States military - no exceptions.
  • Must have military recruiting experience.
  • Strong organizational skills, a strong work ethic, and strong written and verbal communication skills

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.

Service Technician Careers with Atlas Copco Compressors

Orion is currently recruiting for Service Technician careers with Atlas Copco Compressors, a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions for 140 years. Atlas Copco currently has around 40,000 employees located in 90 countries around the world, with approximately 4,000 people all across the US. They do business in more than 170 countries and have annual revenues of over $14 billion. Atlas Copco has been named as one of the world’s most sustainable companies eight times by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

As a Service Technician, you will be responsible for traveling to customer sites to perform routine, preventative maintenance and repairs on oil injected and oil-free air compressors.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Performing diagnostics on malfunctioning compressors, determining possible causes for malfunctions, and performing repairs as suggested by diagnostics and assessment
  • Following preventative maintenance and repairs tests and documenting the proper operating parameters of the compressor
  • Promoting and practicing proper safety procedures and the correct use of personal protective equipment at all times
  • Providing a high level of customer service, responding to customer needs and working to satisfy customer expectations
  • Serving as an ambassador for the company, promoting the Atlas Copco "Way"
  • Developing a rapport with customers through effective communication, interpersonal skills, and professionalism

Locations: Fremont, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Oxnard, CA; McCarren, TX; Boston, MA; Milwaukee, WI.

Salary: Compensation is $18-$24+/hr, depending on experience, certifications, licenses, education, and location. This is a "salary plus" position, meaning that you will be paid for 40 hours. If you work over 40 hours, it is overtime paid at time and a half. If you work on Saturday, it is at time and a half for the first eight hours and then double time for anything over eight hours. Sunday and holidays are double time.

Benefits: Atlas Copco provides annual performance based and base pay increases. A company vehicle and gas is provided, with an approximate $75 a day per diem for overnight travel. A tool box bonus of $200 is provided every other year, and a safety boot bonus of up to $150 is provided every year.

Position Requirements:

  • Four-plus years of technical experience maintaining and repairing various types of mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Documented classroom and practical application training in mechanical and/or electrical field
  • Demonstrated expertise in the maintenance, overhaul, and repair of a wide variety of industrial equipment to include hydraulics and compressors
  • Validated electrical background, experience with VSD, controllers, and motor controls
  • Should have computer skills sufficient enough to be used for communication, research, work orders and programming various controllers for machines that will be worked on
  • Must be able self-manage and be organized to get jobs completed in a timely fashion
  • Exceptional communication and customer service skills
  • Willing to travel out of town to perform work
  • Availability for 24-hour emergency calls
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must have an acceptable credit history/record in order to obtain company credit card
  • Bi-lingual is a plus
  • Technicians are required to provide basic tools (screwdrivers, ratchets, sockets, wrenches, pliers, hammer, flashlight, multi-meter etc.) Specialty tools and replacement tools will be provided.

Click here to learn more or apply.

Semiconductor Field Service Careers in Malta, NY

Orion is currently hiring for many technical Semiconductor positions in Malta, NY, for several client companies. More than 1800 Veterans have found their civilian careers in the Semiconductor Industry through Orion, with great success. We are currently recruiting for a large number of positions in Malta, NY, in support of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Fab 8, positioned to become the world’s most advanced semiconductor production facility. Fab 8 is the fastest growing location for the industry within the US, with years of future growth and development planned.

We are recruiting for many different positions, with both GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the companies which manufacture, install, maintain, and service its equipment - such as ASML, DNS Electronics, LAM Research, KLA-Tencor, and many others.

  • Manufacturing Technicians
  • Customer Service Engineers
  • Field Service Engineers
  • Electronics Technicians
  • Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Typical Requirements:

  • Military veterans with strong technical skills
  • Electronics, electrical or nuclear background, with extensive hands-on experience
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills, clear and concise communication skills
  • Be able to read schematics and / or mechanical drawings
  • Must be willing to work a variety of schedules
  • Must have a valid driver's license

Location: Malta, NY (located in Saratoga County, about 20 miles north of Albany). Learn more about Malta.

Interview Details:

We will be holding interviews for positions with GLOBALFOUNDRIES on the following dates (if selected to interview, your travel and lodging will be paid):

March 20th
March 27th
April 3rd
April 10th
April 17th
April 24th

Click here to learn more and apply to be considered for an upcoming interview.

Technician Careers with SpaceX

SpaceX is actively recruiting for a large number of positions across company divisions and locations in the United States.

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Today, SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft in-house from the ground up. The company has more than 3,000 employees at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California; launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas; and offices in Houston, Texas; Chantilly, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.

Opportunities at SpaceX

SpaceX currently employs more than 300 veterans and is seeking top talent for the following positions in McGregor, TX and Hawthorne, CA:             

  • Composites Technician
  • Structures Technician
  • Avionics Harness Technician
  • NDT Technician
  • Propulsion Technician
  • Structures Technician

We are seeking transitioning Military Technicians with the following backgrounds:

  • Avionics
  • Aircraft Electricians
  • Aviation Structural Mechanics
  • Aviation Propulsion Mechanics
  • Hull Technicians
  • Composites
  • Welders
  • CNC Machinists
  • Navy Nuclear Technicians of any background

Interview Details:

Interview for Technical positions will take place at the following locations and dates:

March 21st - Los Angeles, CA 

Click here to learn more or apply.

Careers with Phillips 66

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.

Available Positions

Maintenance Craft Positions
Instrument Technician
Technical Pipeliner
Maintenance Pipeliner Technician

Interview Details

We will be holding interviews on April 13th for Operator, Instrument Technician, Repairman, and Electrician positions in Ponca City, OK.

Please click here for more information.

Google Project Opportunities through Adecco

Orion is currently recruiting for Field Operations positions (Associate, Specialist, Team Lead) with Adecco, in support of Google projects. You will have the opportunity to work on project teams that are developing new technologies. This is your chance to begin your career with one of the world's most recognized and respected companies.   We are currently hiring in support of Project Indoor Maps (the next generation of Google Maps), Project Loon (high altitude solar powered WiFi balloons).

Interviews will be held for Field Operations (Associate, Specialist, Team Lead) positions on the following dates and locations:

March 20th - Washington, DC
March 25th - New York, NY

Interviews will be held for Electronic Assembly Technicians, Operations Specialists, and Electronics Lab Technicians positions on the following date and location:

March 30th - San Diego, CA

Click here to learn more or apply.

Careers for Military Technicians with EMCOR Group, Inc.

Orion is assisting EMCOR Group, Inc. in its search for great talent. EMCOR has a strong commitment to the men and women that protect our country and it recognizes the value of the leadership and technical skills military candidates have to offer. EMCOR has a long history of Veteran employees, including current President & CEO Tony Guzzi, a West Point graduate and Army Officer.

EMCOR is a Fortune 500 company and leader in mechanical and electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructure, and building services. The 28,000+ skilled employees of EMCOR have made the company, in the eyes of leading business publications, among the "World's Most Admired" and "Best Managed." EMCOR represents a rare combination of broad reach with local execution, combining the strength of an industry leader with the knowledge and care of 170+ locations.

At EMCOR Group, you'll have more than a job. You'll have the opportunity for a rewarding career with significant responsibilities and substantial opportunities to make a genuine impact. You'll also get outstanding health and other benefits, while working in a military-friendly environment. So join EMCOR, the force for "Building, Powering, Servicing and Protecting."

Click here to learn more.

Military Professionals Guide Webinar Series

LinkedIn for Military Professionals on April 7

Develop your LinkedIn profile so that recruiters and hiring managers can find you. Whether you've got 29 days or 3 years left in the uniform, having a professional LinkedIn profile is an essential part of your online visibility.

This webinar hosted by Orion recruiter Sultan Camp will help ensure that you can maximize all of your professional interactions and achieve critical career goals while gaining more visibility.

Click here to register.

Negotiating Your Salary for Military Professionals on April 21

Gain a step by step guide to effective salary negotiation. Whether it’s the federal government, contracting or corporate employment, salary negotiation is at the heart of your transition. You must be able to negotiate your salary, understand it from the employer’s perspective, generate counter offers and select a number that benefits both sides. You will learn the context, techniques and approaches available to positively influence an outcome and to develop an effective salary range and strategy for any job offer.

Click here to register.

How to Leverage Recruiters in Your Job Search on April 14

With this intensive introduction to using recruiters in your job search, you can begin your military transition with confidence. Many military professionals lack a strong understanding of the fundamentals of using a recruiter in their job search, making it unlikely they'll get as many interviews as they need to. With ever increasing competition, they face the unfortunate prospect of being underemployed. This webinar will equip you with the tools and techniques necessary to improve your recruiter network and achieve career success in your transition.

Click here to register.

How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search on March 24

Effective job searches for Military Professionals involve strategies that can be validated. In this workshop, Orion Recruiter Sultan Camp discusses six levels of job search activity, ranging from the passive to the very active & pro-active. The passive job search strategies often taught in many transition workshops is easiest and least effective, while the very active is hardly shared, more challenging, yet it is the most effective.

Register for this workshop today to get a leg up on the 600+ service members that exit the military each day. Get the inside tips from a Veteran & Military Candidate Recruiter to decide how you can best use your time during your transition.

Click here to register.

Careers with Covanta

Orion is currently recruiting for careers with Covanta Energy Corporation. Covanta is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

We are recruiting for technical, engineering, supervisory, management, plant maintenance, and operational roles across Covanta's more than 40 facilities.

Specific positions include:

  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Residue Manager
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist
  • Assistant Control Room Operator
  • Shift Supervisor
  • Instrumentation and Controls Technician
  • Auxiliary Operator
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Supervisor


Covanta has facilities in 18 US states: NJ, NY, CT, MA, ME, PA, VA, MD, FL, OK, AL, CA, OR, WA, HI, MN, MI, IN. Covanta's geographic footprint across North America offers a myriad of employment and growth opportunities for eligible veterans. Click here for an interactive map showing Covanta's facilities.

Click here to learn more or apply.

Maintenance Technician Positions with Honda

Orion International is currently recruiting for Maintenance Technician positions with Honda, a worldwide automotive manufacturer. Founded in 1948, Honda also produces power sports products including motorcycles, scooters, and all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products including lawnmowers, tillers, string trimmers, snow blowers, generators, small displacement general-purpose engines, and marine outboard engines.

  • Perform maintenance for shift / production needs and report to the Maintenance Service Team / Shift Leader
  • Maintain production equipment in a safe and efficient manner to ensure equipment meets / exceeds requirements.
  • Respond to and perform all phases of installation and/or troubleshooting and repair of equipment downtime issues.
  • Perform daily equipment checks along with regular and emergency maintenance per shift / production needs.
  • Complete daily work orders and support predictive / preventive maintenance with clear reports and recommendations.
  • Perform and assist with production and maintenance training and programs as required / needed.

Locations: Multiple plants in the greater Columbus, OH, area, including Marysville, OH; East Liberty, OH; and Russells Point, OH, approximately 45 minutes north of the greater Dayton and Columbus metro area.

Shift: Must be flexible and able to rotate shifts on an on-going basis and work weekends plus overtime as required

Salary: Starting base pay will be $25/hr. + shift differential according to assigned shift + 25% O/T + bonus structure according to production and/or performance. Total 1st Year Annual Salary ~ $60K - $70K+.

Benefits: A very competitive total reward package for full-time associates and their dependents, consisting of a competitive compensation package and a variety of other health benefits, programs and services.


  • Must be a knowledgeable and experienced multi-skilled and multi-craft technician.
  • Must work well in teams
  • Excellent electronic, basic electrical, and solid troubleshooting with power / control circuit interfaces and applications.
  • Basic knowledge of ladder logic and understanding of automation controls sequencing.
  • Strong maintenance experience with solid mechanical aptitude / inclination to work in a multi-skilled environment.

Interview Details

We will be holding interviews for this position on April 16th-17th in Virginia Beach, VA.

Click here to learn more.

Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technician Positions with Bridgestone

Orion has partnered with 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 Des Moines, IA, 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.

Technical Positions with Honeywell

Orion is currently recruiting for a large volume of technical, engineering, operations, sales and project management positions for Honeywell within the U.S. Since the late 1990s, Orion has placed hundreds of military veterans into rewarding careers with Honeywell. Today, the Orion-Honeywell program continues to grow and expand, and we are seeking outstanding Military Technicians to join the Honeywell team.

Honeywell's global customers, broad range of industries and innovative technologies combine to offer you dynamic career opportunities with tremendous growth potential in more than 100 countries worldwide. Your career path with us can encompass diverse, challenging assignments that span product lines, job types, businesses and countries.

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

March 25th - Virginia Beach, VA
March 26th - Chicago, IL
March 26th - St. Louis, MO
March 26th - New Jersey

Click here to apply or learn more.

Electrical Maintenance Technician Positions with a Worldwide Steel Manufacturer

Orion is currently recruiting for Electrical Maintenance Technician positions with a worldwide steel manufacturer. This is an excellent opportunity to use your military technician training, skillset, and experience to start or establish a great career with a leader in the steel industry

Locations: East Chicago, IN and Burns Harbor, IN

Salary: $65K - $75K, depending on the amount of overtime you work.

Shift Work: Yes, successful candidates must be able to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays. Shift work may encompass 8, 10, or 12-hour work shifts.


  • 3 years electrical maintenance experience; completion of a certified training or apprenticeship program preferred
  • Must be competent in AC and DC industrial controls, automation systems and sensors, DC power converters, motor control and maintenance, and crane repair
  • Ability to install (including conduit bending and wiring installation), troubleshoot, and repair or adjust various types of electronic, electrical, mechanical, combustion, instrumentation or control systems, and related equipment is preferred
  • Knowledge of PLCs, AC and DC drives, the National Electric Code, and the ability to use electrical test equipment and computers is desired; Successful candidate may be required to perform maintenance on AC and DC power systems, up to and including 13.8KV
  • Excellent work attendance record, ability to report to work as scheduled, flexibility to work overtime as needed or directed

Click here to learn 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 dates to request more information on the conference you’d like to attend!

Norfolk, VA (Midwest Technician event)


Norfolk, VA (Midwest Technician event)

Chicago, IL


Jacksonville, FL

Atlanta, GA

March 23 - 24

South Central  

Houston, TX

April 12 - 13


Seattle, WA

San Diego, CA

March 26 - 27

April 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.

Kings Bay/Jacksonville/Mayport

Barksdale AFB



Kings Bay/Jacksonville/Mayport

      March 23 - 27

      April 8

      April 9

      April 16

      April 27 - May 1


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