Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Veteran Spotlight: Artur Landa

From the Battlefield recently caught up with Artur Landa, an Orion alumnus and Navy veteran, who has been in his career with Voltaix, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, since early 2008. Hired as a Chemical Operator a month after separating from the Navy, Landa is now a Production Planner. Currently enrolled in the City University of New York – Staten Island, pursuing a B.S. in Economics, Landa continues to improve his prospects for ongoing success in the industry.

In the military, Landa was an E-4 stationed in San Diego, CA, on the USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76. As an Engineman, his job in the Navy was to work on diesel engines. "As a Production Planner, I plan and prepare production schedules and workflow while addressing any delays or unforeseen conditions," explains Landa, "My military experience helps me even today in this industry, because it taught me to always work safely, pay attention to details, and to always be on time." 

Landa's focus on safety is an important one. It is estimated that workforce safety injuries cost American industry over $18.3 billion annually. Military professionals like Landa are trained to work efficiently while physically overexerted and with quick, precise reactions. "Safely working on engines was a huge part of my military career and was the most important part of the job. If safety was not followed there was possibility of getting hurt or losing a finger or even worse," states Landa.  Safety is paramount in the military, and veterans bring this focus with them to the civilian workforce.

Veterans like Landa continue to find success in their civilian endeavors thanks to their dedication to detail, integrity, and safety. And as major veteran hiring initiatives continue to stream out of DC, the value of these veterans is being recognized on national scale.

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