Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Veteran Spotlight - Richard McCulley

Orion recently matched Richard McCulley with Siemens Building Technologies Division, as a Systems Specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area.  McCulley joined Siemens in March 2016, and is the 2000th veteran hired by the company since signing on to the White House’s Joining Forces initiative in 2011. In his current role, McCulley is responsible for configuring building automation systems for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technology.  

With a family history of military service, McCulley served eight years in the military: four in the Navy as a damage controlman, and four years as a signal support systems specialist with the Army.  During his time in the Navy, McCulley served aboard the Aircraft Carrier John C. Stennis, including a nine-month western pacific tour aboard the ship.  He transferred into the Army where he became a signal support systems specialist and was deployed to Iraq in 2009-2010.

After completing his military service in 2012, McCulley used his GI Bill benefits to attend technical school as an HVAC technician, and graduated from WyoTech in Sacramento in the fall of 2013.  He was hired by a data center as an electrical apprentice in March 2014; and sought Orion’s assistance in finding a career earlier this year.  

Although McCulley was initially concerned that he did not meet all the technical requirements for the job, Siemens appreciated his military experience and apprentice background, and is currently providing on-the-job training to make up for any skills gaps. McCulley spends times with the different teams with which he will interface, and shadows a senior team member who serves as a mentor and provides hands-on training.  McCulley will begin an accelerated building automation specialist training program this summer, which involves a series of weeklong classes with field work between each class.  It will take approximately four months to complete the program.  After that, he will participate in ongoing courses tailored to specific work environments.

Orion is so proud of McCulley and the positive impact that he is already having in his role at Siemens, as we commit to making the best match between each and every job seeker and company with whom we work. To learn more about how your company can recruit talented veteran candidates for your open positions, please click here.

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