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Mechanical Equipment Service Tradesman for Building Efficiency
U.S. Air Force - Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Specialist

After six years in the Air Force, I joined Johnson Controls as a tradesman. With a four-year-old son and a daughter on the way, I chose to transition to civilian life. In my current role, I am still able to serve for the Air National Guard.

I came to Johnson Controls because of my interaction with another employee. Now, I am able to leverage my HVAC experience acquired in the military to service equipment for the Building Efficiency business. I get to work on different equipment that I never worked on before. I value the knowledge that I’ve been able to get so far, and I appreciate getting better at my job.


My advice on transitioning: A lot of people choose not to get out of the military because of job security. If you work hard and stay focused, you will stay afloat. Johnson Controls is willing to hire a veteran and train you to make sure that you stay.


At first, civilian life was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. My day in the military was scripted--I knew exactly what I was doing all day. However, to overcome this change, I used a planner. I now plan everything and have something to fill up every hour of every day.

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