Airgas, an Air Liquide company, is the leading U.S. supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, as well as hardgoods and related products; one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products; and a leading U.S. supplier of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. Dedicated to improving the performance of its more than 1 million customers, Airgas safely and reliably provides products, services and expertise through its more than 18,000 associates, over 1,100 locations, robust e-Business platform, and Airgas Total Access telesales channel. As an Air Liquide company, the world leader in gases, technology and services for Industry and Health, Airgas offers customers an unrivaled global footprint and industry leading technology and innovations.
"One big advantage I have that has led to my progression within Airgas that I took from the military is my constant work towards the next 'qual'. In the military there is always something to qualify; the same can be applied to any civilian job. I am constantly getting involved when possible, prepping, and preparing. I never go into a situation cold."
Area Operations Manager
U.S. Navy - Petty Officer 3rd Class, Electrician
I am an Area Operations Manager for Airgas, based out of San Diego. We produce and distribute industrial, medical, specialty gases and cryogenic liquids. At our fill plants we have associates that do the filling, truck loading, cylinder maintenance and any administrative duties associated with that. We have drivers that then deliver the orders to much of the southern California area and as far east as Yuma, AZ. My role is to oversee production and distribution and to ensure that we are running safely and efficiently. Along with this, I interface daily with sales, customer service and with customers directly.
"Keep your options open. I am not in the same field of work that I was in while in the military. That doesn't mean that the things that I learned have been wasted. On the contrary I have taken what I learned, used it, and added to it. I would never have guessed that I would be where I am, but I am glad that I am here."
U.S. Navy - Petty Officer 2nd Class, Machinist Mate
Alan was a Nuclear Machinist Mate Engineering Laboratory Technician, in the Navy. He was intrigued about becoming a Cryogenics Technician for Airgas and contributes his highly specialized job and Navy training to developing the skills he needed for his current role. Alan conducts the installation for Cryogenic bulk tanks and the piping and equipment for Airgas locations and customer sites. His duties range from directing the crane operator, to trouble shooting equipment, and developing on the spot solutions. Alan finds an empty pad of concrete in the morning and by the end of the day he has a bulk Cryogenic system in place. Alan notes his daily reward is seeing his finished product.