Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Veteran Spotlight - Richard McCulley

Richard McCulley is a Systems Specialist with Siemens Building Technologies Division in California’s 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.  This involves not only configuring air handlers and HVAC units, but also troubleshooting to correct and prevent communications issues between the control system and equipment. McCulley uses computers to run tests for system configuration and user interfaces, and then works with the physical equipment to address issues or provide needed updates.  

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.  

In February 2016, McCulley interviewed with Siemens at an Orion Hiring Conference. Less than a month later, McCulley was on the job with Siemens!

Although McCulley was initially concerned that he did not meet all the technical requirements for the job, Siemens appreciated his experience and is currently providing on-the-job training to make up for any skills gaps. He has spent time with the different teams with which he will interface, and has shadowed a senior team member who will serve as a mentor providing 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, ongoing courses will be offered that are tailored to specific work environments.

Orion is so grateful to have had the opportunity to represent Richard McCulley in his career search and we wish him all the best for a rewarding career with Siemens.

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