Industrial Trades Warrior for Life Luncheon

Military Veterans – are you interested in a career in Oil & Gas, Construction, or Manufacturing? Join us for a networking luncheon where you will connect with employers that are passionate about hiring military veterans to accelerate their companies.

This is a FREE event for veterans. You will be matched with employers that are currently hiring for high-demand trades jobs and are seeking out motivated military veterans for priority hiring. Experience in these industries is not required- you just need to have an interest in breaking into one of them.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity – multiple on-the-spot job offers were made at the last event!

Seating is limited, so register today before it’s too late!

If you are a Company that would like to sponsor and/or attend this event, please register here!

IT WARRIOR FOR LIFE PARTNERS

NEXTOP, INC.

NextOp recruits, trains, and places high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders into Industry careers.

NextOp provides companies with world-class, skilled candidates and coaches them on how to be effective employees. Our mentors work with each transitioning veteran to adjust to their new roles and cultivate the necessary skills to excel in field work, increasing satisfaction and reducing turnover for these positions. We serve those who have served so many—our hardworking veterans.

Veterans in Construction

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

ABC is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.

Lone Star Veterans Assocation (LSVA)

LSVA is the largest post-9/11 veteran membership group in the state of Texas. While they focus on programming and marketing towards the post-9/11 community, they are also an inclusive organization with supporters that include veterans from every era of military service, military spouses, and civilians. LSVA became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2010.

East Harris County Manufacturers Association

The East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) is a professional organization that includes more than 130 manufacturing companies. They are dedicated to providing jobs, upholding environmental standards and providing a better quality of life for their neighbors in and around the Greater Houston area.

Date and Time
Thursday, February 08, 2018
1100 to 1300
Location
Partnership Tower – Greater Houston Partnership
701 Avenida de las Americas, Suite 900
Houston, TX 77010

NextOp Placements since 2015


NextOp Veterans Receives Donation From Shell

Houston, TX, November 29, 2017– NextOp, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a generous donation from Shell Oil Company to support multiple programs, including the 2017 Shell Petrochemical Day.

The overall goal and mission of NextOp is to recruit, train and place high-performing military leaders into industry careers, which would not be possible without the assistance received from corporate partners like Shell. The NextOp Employment Program has placed nearly 1,000 veterans into industry careers since launching in March 2015.

With this grant partnership, NextOp Veterans will be able to successfully guide more veterans through their post-military transition and place them into their next career. Shell’s investment will help improve military employment programs and continue the mission to help assist transitioning veterans into all industries, including the energy industry.

The 2017 Shell Petrochemical Industry Day is a unique way to inspire many veterans to look at 2-year educational opportunities that can lead to new careers.

“Shell and its Workforce & Community Strategic Initiatives team have been one of our best partners since we started in 2015. Their commitment as a company to attract, recruit and retain military talent is truly special and should be a best practice across the industry,” stated NextOp Executive Director John Boerstler.

“We are proud to have hosted two successful industry days with Shell and are excited to plan and execute more in the future in both Texas and Louisiana,” he added.

Shell and the Workforce & Community Strategic Initiatives team works to build strong relationships and improve the future of communities. “Shell is proud to provide NextOp with the donation and support to execute programs that educate, empower and attract military service men and women to the energy industry and Shell,” says Scott Ballard, Executive Vice President, Human Resources North America.

About NextOp Veterans

NextOp provides companies with world-class military talent candidates and coaches them on how to be effective and valuable employees. Mentors work with each transitioning veteran to adjust to their new roles and cultivate the necessary skills to excel in new careers. NextOp serves those who have served so many—our hardworking veterans. For more information on the organization’s services, please visit www.nextopvets.org

About Shell Oil Company

Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 18,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future.

About Shell Workforce and Strategic Community Initiatives

Shell Workforce and Strategic Community Initiatives (WCSI) understand that vibrant and healthy communities benefit everyone. Public health, civic engagement and workforce development are key focus areas for the WCSI Team. Together with national programs and community college partners, WCSI is looking to create economic opportunities, provide relief after natural disasters and increase the impact of volunteerism. For more information, visit http://www.shell.us/sustainability/shell-in-the-community.html and www.shell.us/energyizeyourfuture

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Anna Jimenez at (832) 735-0051 or email at anna@nextopvets.org.


NextOp: AmeriCorps Vista in Houston, TX

NextOp Veterans

Opportunity Title: AmeriCorps Vista
Location: Houston, TX

Closed Date: Until Filled

ABOUT THE COMPANY

NextOp recruits, trains, and places high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders into Industry into Industry careers. We provide companies with world-class, skilled candidates and coaches them on how to be effective employees. Our mentors work with each transitioning veteran to adjust to their new roles and cultivate the necessary skills to excel in field work, increasing satisfaction and reducing turnover for these positions. We serve those who have served so many—our hardworking veterans.

Job Description

Program​ ​Department:​ ​Employment​ ​(EMP)
Reports​ ​To:​ ​EMP​ ​Manager

Job​ ​Summary​ ​&​ ​Essential​ ​Functions
NextOp’s EMP Vista will successfully assist with the professional development of veteran candidates by
preparing them for a successful transition into a new career in the civilian workforce.

Essential​ ​Duties​ ​&​ ​Responsibilities:
Assist​ ​in​ ​Process​ ​Improvement​ ​of​ ​Combined​ ​Arms​ ​>​ ​NextOp​ ​Registration​ ​Process
● Analyze the Combined Arms registration portal and make recommendations to the fluidity of
the process focusing on how a veteran goes from Combined Arms registration to NextOp
registration with no drop off.
● Collaborate with Combined Arms team to draft standard operating procedures for the
registration portal from registration to proper turnover to the respective Veteran Service
Organization.
Social​ ​Media​ ​and​ ​Community​ ​Outreach
● Assist the NextOp team to revamp/ strengthen their social media presence to target more
transitioning service members.
● Collaborate with Combined Arms to to sell Houston as a great place for veterans to return home
to thus growing the candidate population of NextOp and Combined Arms together.
Intake​ ​Assessment​ ​and​ ​Resume​ ​Refinement
● Create a positive candidate experience while assisting in veteran intakes and resume refinement
● Collaborates effectively with other non-governmental organization’s (NGO’s) within Combined
Arms to increase awareness of all programs/training and make proper program referrals
● Efficiently tracks and reports all candidate interactions and outcomes in real time using
Salesforce

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge,​ ​Skills​ ​&​ ​Abilities
● Self-motivated, positive, outgoing, personable, and able to relate well with diverse populations
and age groups
● Able to take initiative, multi-task, work well under pressure, and complete required assignments
in a timely fashion
● Excellent organizational skills
● Demonstrated commitment to the organization and able to timely complete required
assignments
● Excellent verbal and written skills
● Ability to take initiative, multi-task and work well under pressure
● Exceptional interpersonal skills; team player, effective supervisor, ability to communicate with
diverse personalities, tactful, mature and flexible
● Should have excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with service-specific
wounded warrior programs and transitioning/separating veterans
● Experience working independently and comfortable being managed remotely

Education​ ​&​ ​Experience​ ​Requirements
● Relevant military work experience preferred
● Experience working with military rank structure, protocols and culture preferred
Certifications​ ​&​ ​Licensure:
● Valid United States driver’s license required

All applicants must meet NextOp’s minimum program requirements:

  • Post 9/11 Veteran
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Able to pass a Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Have a Valid Drivers License and Driving Record
  • E-7 and Below

HOW TO APPLY


NextOp: Employment​ ​Coordinator​ in Houston, TX

NextOp Veterans

Opportunity Title: Employment​ ​Coordinator​
Location: Houston, TX

Closed Date: Until Filled

ABOUT THE COMPANY

NextOp recruits, trains, and places high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders into Industry into Industry careers. We provide companies with world-class, skilled candidates and coaches them on how to be effective employees. Our mentors work with each transitioning veteran to adjust to their new roles and cultivate the necessary skills to excel in field work, increasing satisfaction and reducing turnover for these positions. We serve those who have served so many—our hardworking veterans.

Job Description

Program​ ​Department:​ ​Employment (EMP)
Reports​ ​To:​ ​Talent Acquisition Manager

Job​ ​Summary​ ​&​ ​Essential​ ​Functions
NextOp’s Talent Acquisition Coordinator will administer the EMP program’s interaction
with veteran candidates by preparing them for a successful transition into a new career
in the civilian workforce.

Essential​ ​Duties​ ​&​ ​Responsibilities:
Corporate​ ​Partner​ ​Relationship​ ​Coordination
● Persuasively sell organization to Corporate Partners and those that have an
influence in veteran hiring
● Assist in the development of long-term relationships with Corporate Partners
interested in hiring veterans and work closely with them to place veterans within
their organization
● Facilitate NextOp information sessions and regular briefings for Corporate
Partners
Assessment​ ​and​ ​Career​ ​Placement
● Proactively source career leads and screen candidates to ensure the most
qualified candidate is matched with proper position
● Create a positive candidate experience through problem resolution, immediate
response to candidate’s needs, and delivery of exceptional service to the
candidate
● Assist in candidate development by providing guidance on industry training/
certification, resume building, interview skills, and networking

● Works effectively with veterans to better manage expectations, develop career
goals, and understand their goals
● Collaborates with other NGO’s to increase awareness of all programs/training
and make proper program referrals
● Tracks and reports all candidate interactions and outcomes in real time using
Salesforce
● Develop communications program to market career opportunities to candidates,
important program information to Corporate Partners, mentors, and other
stakeholders that integrates with Salesforce system

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge,​ ​Skills​ ​&​ ​Abilities
● Self-motivated, positive, outgoing, personable, and able to relate well with
diverse populations and age groups
● Able to take initiative, multi-task, work well under pressure, and complete
required assignments in a timely fashion
● Excellent organizational skills
● Demonstrated commitment to the organization and able to timely complete
required assignments
● Excellent verbal and written skills
● Ability to take initiative, multi-task and work well under pressure
● Exceptional interpersonal skills; team player, ability to communicate with diverse
personalities, tactful, mature and flexible
● Should have excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with
service-specific wounded warrior programs and transitioning/separating veterans
● Experience working independently and comfortable being managed remotely

Education​ ​&​ ​Experience​ ​Requirements
● Bachelor’s degree required; four (4) years relevant military work experience may
be considered in lieu of a degree
● Professional writing courses and experience a must
● 1-3 years of experience in recruiting, talent acquisition, staffing, or human
resources
● Experience in relationship-building with military organizations, veterans
associations, and other targeted constituents preferred
● Experience in organizing and coordinating events preferred
● Experience using social networking as related to veteran engagement preferred

● Experience working with military rank structure, protocols and culture preferred
Certifications​ ​&​ ​Licensure:
● Valid United States driver’s license required

All applicants must meet NextOp’s minimum program requirements:

  • Post 9/11 Veteran
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Able to pass a Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Have a Valid Drivers License and Driving Record
  • E-7 and Below

HOW TO APPLY


Major Construction Company: Pipefitting Apprenticeship in Corpus Christi, TX

Major Construction Company

Opportunity Title: Pipefitting Apprenticeship
Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Closed Date: Until Filled
Job ID:

Job Description

Your Contribution 

Put the skills & determination you inherited in the military to work in a trade that needs you to build America!

Culture

-Train & work with fellow Veterans

-8 to 10 hour workdays

-Career pathways

-Camaraderie & community service

Become A Skilled Tradesman

-Advanced Trade Math

-Clean, Bevel, Prepare, Install Pipe

-Rigging Equipment & Practices

-Interpret Trade Drawings

-Cut/Bend Pipes to Specifications

-Install Pipe Hangers & Supports

-Welding Techniques

Minimum Requirements

Employment Eligibility 

-Looking for a Career, Not a Job

-Endure Outdoor Weather Conditions

-Aptitude for Technical Learning

-Can Work in Confined Spaces

-Comfortable Working at Heights

-Team Oriented w/ Leadership Traits

-DD-214 for Verification

Compensation

-Competitive salaries with aggressive pay scales

-Employer sponsored benefit plans

-Receive GI Bill MHA

-Earn while you learn

Education

-Appprenticeship accredited by NCCER/SEAA

-OSHA Certifications

-OJT and practical application learning

Contact

Email jonathan@nextopvets.org if interested.

All applicants must meet NextOp’s minimum program requirements:

  • Post 9/11 Veteran
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Able to pass a Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Have a Valid Drivers License and Driving Record
  • E-7 and Below

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Fill out the Veteran Application Form Below

Step 2: Enter this Job title in the “Enter the opportunity job title” field under the Employment Questions

Step 3: Email your resume to info@nextopvets.org with the title of the opportunity in the subject line

Veteran Application

Example: 01/01/2000
Must have served 6 months after 9/11/01
(If already here enter N/A)
N/A if not applicable
Text Messaging Terms and Agreements
**Please, remove your Social Security Number prior to uploading your DD214 member 4.**
By submitting this application, I understand that NextOp is not a placement agency. All information is true and any falsification of information will immediately terminate me from taking part of any services provided by NextOp. It is my responsibility to respond to phone calls and emails from the NextOp team within 24 hours. Failure to do so will result in the discontinuation of contact by NextOp.

Need assistance with this form?


Considering a New Career?

In today’s economy, it is common for the average person to have multiple and completely different careers. Veterans are a great example of professionals that must make career changes after their transition into the civilian workforce because their military occupation does not seamlessly transfer to a civilian career.  The amount of information available to job seekers can make it very difficult for someone to make an informed career decision.

I speak with candidates everyday who have no choice, but to make a career change.  This is a difficult and frustrating route to navigate for everyone. Advances in  technology make it very easy for candidates to apply to multiple positions. Consequently, it is very difficult to stand out from hundreds of other applicants.  Hiring managers now have many options when deciding who will be the best fit for their team.

My advice is to find companies that are offering apprenticeship programs.

Most job seekers do not consider apprenticeship and leadership programs.

What is an Apprenticeship Program?

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According to the Department of Labor ( DOL), a registered apprenticeship program must be employer-driven that uses the “learn while you earn” model.  This program must be a combination of on-the-job-training (OJT) with curriculum that will lead to a nationally recognized credential. Also, the program must involve a progressive increase in the apprentice’s wages as they meet the predetermined benchmarks.

Why Pursue an Apprenticeship Program?

There are many reasons why anyone looking for a career change should consider an apprenticeship program.

#Energy #Jobs #Midland #Apprenticeship #Veteran #Vets #Jobs #Houston
#Oil&Gas #Energy #Jobs #ApprenticeshipPrograms #Veteran #Veterans #Careers

Competitive Advantage

For veterans, that first job after the military is very important to set them up for future success.  Getting started with a big company can set them apart from other candidates applying to the same roles.  Recruiters will take you more seriously if you have a big named company behind your name.  As a Talent Acquisition Manager, I know that Apprenticeship programs provide workers with the necessary problem solving, industry knowledge, and technical skills that hundreds of employers are craving for.

Free Training with Pay and Benefits

In this model, you are also gaining great skills while you earn a good paycheck.  Some companies offer full benefits such as: 401K, pension programs, bonus program, paid time off (PTO), healthcare and dental benefits, and short-term disability insurance.  There are also other great compensation incentives, such as veterans being able to receive an additional housing allowance if they want to use their Education Benefits.  When considering a new career, would you rather pay for the big degree and hope that there are companies that won’t need the experience or would you rather get paid while you get the skills and training you need now?

Stable Career and Growth Opportunities

Companies that invest in apprenticeship programs have a huge investment in your success.  They want you to stay with the company for at least 12 months.  According to the DOL, Apprenticeship programs range from one to six years. During this economy, any kind of job security is crucial to plan the future for your family.  Also, these companies want to retain you and provide you with other opportunities because you are now fully trained and fully integrated within the company culture.  Also, companies that have these programs are true advocates of promoting their own employees into new exciting roles.  This is an important value when considering a career change with a well-known company.

These are just a few benefits of apprenticeship programs.

Other Factors to Consider

There are also other factors that you need to consider such as location and commitment.

Sometimes the location is not ideal, but if you consider the future opportunities that you will have because you decided to pursue this program you should not let the location stop you.

Finally, you must commit to the company and the career.  Every day, I speak to recruiters and hiring managers that want to see candidates with a stable work history. So, choose wisely the first time!

#FieldTech #Energy #Vetearn #Oil&Gas

Current Apprenticeship Program Opportunities with NextOp

At  NextOp , we are currently assisting a Global Oil and Gas Company connect with veterans for a Field Technician Apprenticeship program.  This company values and grows their own.  Right now, we are in the best position to help veterans with mechanical or technical skills who are transitioning or have transitioned in the last 24 months go down this path.

If you are interested in learning more please email your resume to Jonathan Barreda at jonathan@nextopvets.org.

I am also recruiting for a Leadership Development Program for Cameron, a Schlumberger Company.  The interviews will be conducted at the end of October so we do have a deadline of the 24th of October 2017.  See the flyer on the right column.   We are looking for veterans with degrees who have transitioned or received their degrees within the last 2 years.

If you are interested in learning more please email me your resume at julio@nextopvets.org


Major Energy Company: Production Technician in Hobbs, New Mexico

Major Energy Company

Opportunity Title: Production Technicians
Location: Hobbs, New Mexico

Closed Date: Until Filled
Job ID:

ABOUT THE COMPANY

The Permian EOR business unit is excited to transition military veterans into the Oil & Gas industry with our military hiring program. The program will consist of three (3) developmental rotations in roles of increasing responsibility, with a final rotation being into a full time field based assignment.

Job Description

Objective:

The primary objective of a Production Technician is the interaction with Well Analysts, Pump Off Controller (POC) /Inject Well Controller (IWC) technicians, and Lift Specialists to maximize production capacity and profitability. This role collaborates daily to determine producing well exceptions and performs diagnostics to return wells to production.

Essential Jobs Duties 

Participate daily with Well Performance Specialists (WPS), POC/IWC technicians, Automation Technicians (AT), and Production and Reservoir engineers concerning daily alarm exceptions Addresses all daily alarm exceptions

Troubleshoot injection exceptions

Make necessary adjustments in Life of Well Information System (LOWIS) Check all wells with casing alert

Clean, repair, or replace meters & change

Calibrate or replace transducers

Repair or replace motor control valve Repair or replace motor controller Repair or replace casing monitors

Replace batteries in Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU) Replace RTU

Troubleshoot & replace any top cards in RTU

Minimum Requirements

Education:

At least High School Grad or GED. Some college or technical training preferred

Professional/Technical Qualifications/Licenses/Certifications:

Valid Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record

Experience: 

5+ years of industry experience preferred

In lieu of industry experience will consider the following fields:

Avionics, Heating and Refrigeration, Communications, Automation, radar technology, mechanical, electrical and/or nuclear technologies

Skills & Competencies:

Strong initiative and self-starter

Multi-task orientation with skills related to work prioritization

Working knowledge of oil and gas production operations preferred, but will train acceptable candidate. Understanding of importance of environmental and safe work practices

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as by self without direct supervision Technical skills related to math and analytical processes

Proficiency in the use of personal computer utilizing a windows environment Ability to keep neat and accurate records

General mechanical troubleshooting and repair skills Ability to identify operational inefficiencies Understanding of Business fundamentals

Ability to implement cost effective solutions

All applicants must meet NextOp’s minimum program requirements:

  • Post 9/11 Veteran
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Able to pass a Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Have a Valid Drivers License and Driving Record
  • E-7 and Below

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Fill out the Veteran Application Form Below

Step 2: Enter this Job title in the “Enter the opportunity job title” field under the Employment Questions

Step 3: Email your resume to info@nextopvets.org with the title of the opportunity in the subject line

Veteran Application

Example: 01/01/2000
Must have served 6 months after 9/11/01
(If already here enter N/A)
N/A if not applicable
Text Messaging Terms and Agreements
**Please, remove your Social Security Number prior to uploading your DD214 member 4.**
By submitting this application, I understand that NextOp is not a placement agency. All information is true and any falsification of information will immediately terminate me from taking part of any services provided by NextOp. It is my responsibility to respond to phone calls and emails from the NextOp team within 24 hours. Failure to do so will result in the discontinuation of contact by NextOp.

Need assistance with this form?


Major Manufacturing Company: Air Separation Unit Production Technician in Oklahoma Area

Major Manufacturing Company

Opportunity Title:
Location: Oklahoma Area

Closed Date: Until Filled
Job ID:

ABOUT THE COMPANY

This manufacturing company focuses on the production of merchandise for use or sale using labour and machines, tools, chemical and biological processing, or formulation. 

Job Description

This position has responsibility for operating an Air Separation Unit and maintaining plant production, operating efficiency, regulatory compliance, and safety in the Merchant Gases Company.

Essential Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Monitors and maintains the safe operation of an Air Separation Facility which produces cryogenic products.
  • Controls flow purities, pressures process using SCADA/HMI/PLC system
  • Work with management to maximize production and efficiency to meet the needs of our customer base adjusting flows and production rates
  • Reads and interprets technical drawings and manuals.
  • Perform quality assurance functions associated with products to maintain quality assurance.
  • Prepares and maintains accurate records in accordance with all safety, quality, regulatory and production requirements, such as plant readings, plant maintenance, instrument calibrations, etc…
  • Identifies potential problems from collected data
  • Responds to plant/production disturbances (on-call).
  • Determines if immediate maintenance action is required and acts appropriately.
  • Performs complex plant functions, including DERIME and warm plant start-ups.
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance throughout the entire plant to include compressors, pumps, turbines, valves, motors, electrical equipment, and other plant equipment.
  • Responsible to troubleshoot, repair and calibrate process and system problems to restore efficient operations, including PLC, DCS, and other computer interface stations; control valves, pneumatic and electronic control equipment and instruments.
  • Takes initiative to improve facility (i.e. operations, reliability, and costs) without direction. 
  • Performs administrative functions, i.e. requisitioning, purchasing, production accounting, and payroll record-keeping (closure of PO’s and receiving / time inputting)
Safety and Regulatory Compliance:
  • Maintains compliance Life Saving Rules and Safety Pledge
  • Requires 100% compliance with all  safety policy and procedures, and cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) training and techniques to prevent lost time or serious injury to others.
  • Maintain high degree of safety by employing safe work habits.
  • Promotes and develops safe work behaviors through the use of existing policies and procedures and an emphasis on safety behavior management techniques.
  • Assists with safety incident investigations, including near misses, using root cause analysis leading to recommended corrective actions to eliminate recurrences
  • Ensures applicable regulatory (OSHA, EPA, FDA, DHS) requirements are met and applicable training and recordkeeping is performed to meet departmental and location requirements 
Quality / Technical Support:
  • Performs maintenance of instrumentation, electrical systems, compressors, pumps, turbines, valves, motors, and other plant equipment
  • Complies with maintenance of environmental, safety, quality assurance, and FDA compliance systems and programs including spare parts, preventive, predictive and proactive maintenance

Minimum Requirements

 EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 5 plus years’ industry experience; or two years technical college or military technical experience and 3 plus years’ related experience.
  • Critical thinking – ability to work independently to troubleshoot, diagnose & solve issues with process and plant equipment.
  • Requires the use of considerable judgment to recognize plant process problems and interpret malfunctions to make decisions accordingly.
  • Requires the ability to use common hand tools and test equipment necessary for repairing and replacing mechanical, electrical, and electronic equipment..
  • Water Treatment – understand the water treatment principals and equipment a plus.
  • Refrigeration – A basic understanding of refrigeration systems a plus.
  • Air Separation – A basic understanding of air separation and associated technologies a plus.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: 
  • Must be able to work 12 hour shifts on 7 day rotation schedule
  • Must be able to share on-call responsibilities with other Operator Technicians to facilitate uninterrupted plant operation.
  • Must have the ability to work alone, weekends, and holidays.
  • Requires continuous mental and visual attention to operate equipment, make repairs and adjustments.
COMPUTER SKILLS:.
  • Requires the ability to use computer programs to effectively analyze, document and track specific initiatives and goals set by management
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent’s.
COMMUNICATION and/or CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS:
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. 
  • Ability to write routine business reports and business correspondence in English. 
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from employees and/or customers.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals using the English language.
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Occasionally (1-33% of work time)

All applicants must meet NextOp’s minimum program requirements:

  • Post 9/11 Veteran
  • Honorable Discharge
  • Able to pass a Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Have a Valid Drivers License and Driving Record
  • E-7 and Below

HOW TO APPLY


Different Kinds of Education Opportunities Available for Veterans

Who are you?

My name is Julio Martinez and I am a Marine Corps Veteran.

What do you do at NextOp?

I serve as the Operations Manager and my mission is to insure NextOp and its members have the support they need to help our fellow veterans with their transition.

College Education and Veterans

          How do some post 9/11 veteran not see the importance of obtaining a college education after the military? Higher education is essential and a must for career progression and professional development. Yet, a portion of our veteran community has the mentality that their experiences while in the service should be good enough to obtain a meaningful career after the military. Unfortunately, only a select few will come across the right people who will take a chance and offer a position based on merit and character alone. For the vast majority, obtaining a rewarding career in the civilian sector will be a challenge and a pain if you do not have the proper school certification or college degree.

The college road is not an easy one, especially if you have other responsibilities such as providing for family. However, this is a necessary road that must be traveled to help with career placement. According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate for people with a High School diploma was 5.2%, Associate’s 3.6%, and Bachelor’s degree with 2.7%.[1] Just two years of college education will make a difference on how recruiters view your potential.

The mindset of a veteran needs to be flexible and adaptable in order to succeed in the civilian sector and as a college student. You cannot rely on just your veteran identity and character to get you through the civilian sector.

A common question we ask to our fellow veterans in transition is: “Are you planning to go back to school?” Some say, “Nah! I don’t have the patience to deal with those whinny kids or listen to a dude that has never done anything important.” The answer was not surprising because I had the same mindset at one point during my transition period. Our mindset and our attitude towards college education need to improve in order to help us become competitive and marketable with our civilian peers. If we adjust our mindset and look at college like any other tactical task we had to analyze while serving it would be a great step in the right direction.

If I asked you, the reader, “What do you think is the best option tactically; Concealed carry or Open carry and why?” What would your response be? In my opinion, open carry makes you a target and more prone to unwanted attention in general. While conceal carry, lets me blend in with the community and gives me the element of surprise; giving me the upper hand to an extent. My point is this, veterans that attend college with the open carry mentality, in this case, self-identifying as a veteran every chance they get and impose their opinion or believes because they are better due to veteran status, will have a tougher time getting through school. The veteran with the conceal carry mentality will blend in, take advantage of the element of surprise, will interact with other classmates to gather intelligence and adapt and overcome to achieve success.

In Conclusion, education is an important requirement for many job opportunities. Use your education benefits wisely and have a solid plan that has flexibility built into it because you will have to adjust at one point. Civilian life is not hard but, it is challenging and if you don’t keep your guard up, it will punch you in the mouth.

[1] https://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm


Value of Veteran Recruiting Initiatives

Who are you?

John is Executive Director of NextOp, a non-profit organization whose mission is to recruit, train, and place high-performing mid-level enlisted military leaders into industry. John served in the United States Marine Corps from 1999-2007 as an infantry unit leader.  His overseas assignments include Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Djibouti, and Kenya.  In 2009 John helped found the Lone Star Veterans Association (LSVA), which has become the largest network of Post 9/11 veterans in Texas. In 2015, John worked with regional leaders to establish the Combined Arms network, a first of its kind community-based transition system built to accelerate the impact of veterans on Houston.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Houston.  John is also a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship, representing the United States in eight different European countries during a month-long fellowship. As a Marshall Fellow, John has also traveled to the United Kingdom, Israel and Denmark to write comparative papers on their military transition systems and is planning to travel to Ukraine in Spring 2017 to assist in the development of their military transition infrastructure.

What do you do at NextOp?

Mostly serve as the janitor but also work with the board of directors on passing an annual budget, approving policy, setting strategic vision and authoring of 3 year strategic plan for the organization.

Serve as the chief financial officer, programs officer, development officer (fundraising), and anything that helps build the brand with military installations, corporate partners, foundations, grant making institutions, our 3 advisory boards, mentor universe, strategic partners and generally anyone who will support our veterans!

Value of Veteran Recruiting Initiatives

The value of military and veteran recruiting initiatives not only impacts working culture, safety, productivity, team orientation, and respect within an organization, learning how to recruit, train, and retain veteran employees has proven to have a significant impact on a company’s bottom line.  The Corporate Executive Board recently found that veteran employees not only have a lower turnover rate than their civilian counterparts, but also have a higher productivity rate.  So, veteran employees do not only save the company money but they make companies more money too!

We all know that veterans’ “soft skills” are the most sought after for companies such as showing up early, staying late, learning things faster, adapting to the mission, showing respect to supervisors, and working well in teams.  Veterans also come with significant hard skills too, depending on their MOS or military occupational specialty.  Although the military does not do a great job of providing civilian credentials for many of these learned skills, veterans may be able to test into mechanically and technically oriented positions right out of the military, they just need the chance to prove their value.

By developing a military or veteran recruiting initiative, companies can take advantage of these great opportunities to improve their workforce by attracting more military talent.  It does not have to cost a lot either.  For example, if you already have employees who are veterans, recruiting and hiring managers can activate them to attend job fairs, design military-specific marketing collateral and provide their perspective on how to best develop a veteran recruiting plan. HR professionals can also tap into expert military recruiting organizations like NextOp to source veteran candidates from regional bases and other marketing portals in the community.

There are many cost-effective solutions to recruit, train, and retain military employees into an organization such as insourcing and outsourcing – or a combination of both – to ensure your team is successful in taking advantage of America’s greatest human resource.

Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hiring-veterans-what-measurable-benefits-george-hamilton?trk=v-feed&lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_feed%3BMfz51k98zRdUUcglAGko9A%3D%3D