Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Veteran Spotlight: Jonathan Fulton



As Orion celebrates our 20th anniversary this year, so, too, is our very first placement, Jonathan Fulton! Fulton, a USNA Graduate and five-year Navy Nuclear Officer, will celebrate his 20th anniversary with Alcoa, a leading producer of aluminum, in April of this year. Fulton recently spoke with Hire a Hero about his civilian career experience.

Fulton attended the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then served for five years in the Navy where he worked as the Damage Control Assistant on board the USS Alabama, a strategic missile submarine based in Bangor, Washington. Fulton credits the equipment he worked with in the Navy, as well as the long hours, heavy workloads, and multiple demands put on him while in the Navy, with making civilian industry work seem easy in comparison.

When it came time for Fulton to transition, he was soon working with Orion, namely, original founder, Bill Laughlin. “Orion introduced me to life in the civilian industrial world,” says Fulton. It was not long beginning to work with Orion that Fulton was placed with Alcoa.

Fulton started out 20 years ago as a Utilities Engineer responsible for steam, natural gas, and high temperature water. He then moved into Maintenance Engineering and was responsible for compressed air and steam. After a brief stint as a Safety Engineer, Fulton transferred into maintenance management as an Area Coordinator and then a Superintendent. Presently, Fulton is back in engineering as a Senior Staff Maintenance Engineer. After 20 years on the job, Fulton is still enjoying the people, the location, and the work.

When asked what advice he has for employers considering hiring veterans, Fulton advises that they try to understand what skill sets are encompassed by various military specialties. “My employer required me to have a mechanical engineering degree in order to fill their position, but there are people with other engineering and technical degrees with the same military training I have been through that could have easily filled the same position I was hired to fill,” explains Fulton.

Congratulations to Fulton on celebrating his 20th anniversary with Alcoa. Orion is proud to have placed him with Alcoa and wishes him continued success! Stay tuned for another profile of a placement from 1991 in celebration of Orion’s 20th anniversary.

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