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Reliability Technician
U.S. Marine Corps - Aviation Electrician

I served active duty from 2001-2006 in the United States Marine Corps with an MOS of 6432, Aviation Electrician with a secondary billet of Security Forces. After the Marine Corps, I finished my B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology along with my MBA with a focus on Project Management. My work experience in the military and civilian sector combined with my education opened up the opportunity I am currently fulfilling as of 2010. I am currently employed at Arconic’s Davenport Works location, an aluminum rolling mill, in Bettendorf, IA. My title is Reliability Technician with management responsibilities.

As a Reliability Technician, I am responsible for supporting maintenance departments and their leaders on multiple scopes of projects. Problems solving, root cause analysis, and maintenance process improvements are in my scope to implement and prevent failure from reoccurring and provide the facility the increased uptime and mill output capacity.

As part of my management responsibilities, I am held accountable for one salaried employee and his 15 direct reports. They are responsible for machinery lubrication and predictive technology testing. Their efforts keep the machinery running healthy as well as predict potential failure with vibration, infrared and motor health technology. I am responsible for their work efforts, but more importantly I am responsible for their safety.

Equally important to safety and production in our workforce is the continued efforts to improve and increase a diverse and inclusive workforce. My military and civilian leadership experience provided me with the opportunity to lead a Veteran’s Resource Group dedicated to diversity and inclusion both in the business and in our community. Arconic strongly believes in providing opportunity to our employees and giving back to our community, and because of their commitment to these beliefs I am able to give back to transition veterans or veterans in need through volunteer events, career fairs, and mentoring programs.


A transition out of the military can be an overwhelming experience for veterans. For most exiting the military, at the top of the list of items to address is employment. My advice to those leaving the armed forces would be to do your research, use all resources available to you through the military, VA or civilian sector, and devise a plan to follow through with. Some choose to go to school with GI bill benefits, others choose to utilize their skill sets learned through military schools and enter directly into the workforce. Whatever you choose, seek guidance from those who have gone through the process or are organized to provide the help you need. Transition assistance programs regarding job searches, resume building workshops, and networking groups or websites are great resources to learn from and get questions answered. Military skill sets translate into fields directly related to your training, but keep an open mind when targeting new employment. Leadership can translate across job fields if you can demonstrate the ability to lead well. Lastly, keep an open mind regarding education. A degree or certificate will open doors that otherwise wouldn’t be available. Certificate programs may help those with immediate needs to enter the workforce at a faster rate than a college degree, and job fields such as electricians, plumbers, mechanics and pipefitters are facing a shortage. These fields can provide lucrative, satisfying careers that are often not thought of.

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