Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Veteran Spotlight: Bill Tillotson

From the Battlefield recently caught up with Bill Tillotson, an Orion alumnus who began his career with JBS as a Maintenance Technician in March 2014. After serving 20 years in the Navy, he retired from the military and was fortunate to not have a gap in employment between retirement and his new career. Prior to retiring, he was assigned as the Ships Oil King and worked in the Oil Lab a majority of his Naval career.

When it came time to transition, Bill participated in Transition GPS and took the class twice. He found it to be very informative and that it helped him to write a good resume. He also utilized the Fleet Family Support Center (FFSC), where they proofread his resume, gave advice for improvements, and also assisted in his final PCS move.

Bill worked with Orion to find his career with JBS. “I’m doing the same type of work that I did in the Navy. They have Preventive Maintenance and Corrective Maintenance just like the Navy, and the cards have check points that tells us what to check on each piece of equipment we work on,” says Bill of his new career, “The only difference is that JBS allows ‘common sense,’ whereas the Navy walks you through each step of the process.”

“For the 20 years that I served, I worked on pumps, purifiers, and valves replacements. I also learned how to troubleshoot and make recommendations on repairs of the equipment I was responsible for. Being able to read blue prints and schematics from the Naval Technical Manuals also helped me in the civilian sector, as I now utilize this skill at JBS,” explains Bill.

Bill has come a long way since he joined the Navy with no mechanical knowledge. Since starting his career with JBS, Bill received a raise and is working on his second floor qualification. He is also taking Mechanical certification courses to get even more raises and better his chances of possibly moving up to Supervisor.

Bill encourages veterans looking to transition to consider that the civilian sector is looking for dedicated workers that are at their appointed place at the appointed time, have a great work ethic, and a military chain of command mentality. He has found that companies need employees that will get the job done right the first time.

Click here to learn more about Bill’s transition.

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