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Alan

Meet

Alan

Cryogenic Technician
U.S. Navy - Petty Officer 2nd Class, Machinist Mate
About

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.

Advice

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.

Takeaways

Education- The education that I got from the military was invaluable. Using my military transcripts, CLEP test, and online college classes I was able to get a four year degree at the same time that I was finishing my six year enlistment. I took advantage of the schooling opportunities that were available to me. This looks good to an employer because it shows that you are motivated and determined to achieve. 

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