Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Veterans in Wind" Panel at WINDPOWER 2010 Conference



James Haley, Director of Operations at Gemini Energy Services, recently moderated a session called Opportunities in Wind for Veterans as part of The WINDPOWER Job Fair & Careers In Wind Seminar. The event was affiliated with the AWEA WINDPOWER 2010 Conference & Exhibition and was held in Dallas, Texas, on May 24 – 26.

Haley’s session, held on May 24, featured a panel of managers from Horizon Wind, Clipper Windpower, and Airstreams, who provided insight to veterans on entering the industry. Topics included the transferability of a military skill set into the industry, positions that are specifically suited for veterans, and advice on finding a career within the Wind Industry.

The Opportunities in Wind for Veterans session was designed to educate veterans on the transferability of their skills to this growing industry. Indeed, Orion International has placed over 450 military candidates into the Wind Industry, into Operations, Technical, Managerial and Engineering positions, with a retention rate greater than 90% at two years.

One such veteran is Timothy Poe. Poe was a Naval Aviation Electronics Technician and was hired as a Lead Technician in Kansas by Clipper Wind Power in 2008. He found his position to be an ideal match for him in terms of his qualifications, interests, and what he was looking for in a civilian career. Poe is now working as Site Supervisor in the same location.

Gemini Energy Services, a division of Orion International, is a full-service Operations and Maintenance provider to the Wind Industry. Gemini’s traveling teams of former military technicians perform O&M, commissioning, inspections, and warranty and retrofit services at client sites throughout North America. For more information on Gemini Energy Services, please visit www.geminienergyservices.com.

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