Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Orion Alumnus Featured in Industry News


Rigzone.com, an oil & gas industry gateway, recently featured a series of articles called “Veterans in Oil & Gas”. In addition to articles on how to recruit veterans for oil & gas jobs and how these veterans strengthen the industry, Rigzone also profiled Orion alumnus, Seth Robert. The article, by Jaime Kammerzell, explores Robert’s transition from the Marine Corps to his career with Canrig, a designer of automated pipe handling equipment.

A former avionics, electronics, weapons technician, Robert served from 2000 to 2005, only to struggle when it came time to transition to the civilian world. An internet search led to contact with Orion, which in turn led to a job offer in under a week. Seven years later, Robert is still with Canrig and is now the Southern Region Operations Manager.

Robert explains to Kammerzell that his first position with Canrig was a lot like his military experience working on helicopters, though on an altogether different platform. He also says that his success in this industry is typical. “Former military are accustomed to working 12 hour shifts and being on assignment for long periods of time that the oilfield typically requires on the rig. Thus, former military make ideal candidates for oilfield jobs,” he tells Kammerzell. Robert now oversees a large group at Canrig and tells Kammerzell: “All of the managers that report to me are prior military. They work hard and move up quickly. They understand the dedication that it takes to be great in our company."

Congratulations to Robert on his continued success. He serves as a great example of how veterans are driving the oil & gas industry. Click here to read the article.

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