Honoring Our U.S. Military Veterans for Dedication, Service and Talent

Thursday, July 2, 2015 11:00 am EDT

By:

Eric A. Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens USA

As we celebrate the Fourth of July with our friends and family, we recognize the courageous men and women who return to civilian life having served on behalf of the United States as well as those service members who live on in our memories.

With locations in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, Siemens is proud to demonstrate a continued commitment to training and hiring our U.S. military veterans. 

In fact, since signing on to Joining Forces just four years ago, we’ve already more than quadrupled our initial commitment, and have hired more than 1,700 veterans.

With 70% of our Siemens’ veterans working in STEM-related roles, we have found that the skills and experience U.S. military service members gain translate seamlessly across many of our businesses — particularly in transportation, wind energy and building automation. 

Today, and every day, I am proud to work alongside our military heroes, and I’d like to recognize just a few of the many veterans employed at Siemens.

Transportation:


This week, Steve Jones, Siemens Rail Materials Manager, and U.S. Navy Veteran, attended a ceremony with Amtrak to commemorate veterans alongside the ACS-64 Siemens Cities Sprinter Veterans Locomotive which has been painted to honor U.S. military veterans.

Steve is proud to work on the Amtrak locomotive project here in Washington, D.C. He joins nearly a dozen other veterans who currently serve as Siemens’ Field Service and Technical Support Specialists in East Coast Amtrak depots.

The responsiveness and attention to detail that veterans, such as Steve embody align with our needs and those of our customers, enabling veterans to work with some of the world’s most advanced technology, software and equipment.

Wind Power:

Many of the jobs in the wind industry are also a natural fit for the experiences and skills that veterans have developed through their service. 

Recently, Mark Albenze, CEO, Global Wind Power and Renewables at Siemens, and U.S. Army Veteran wrote about how the extensive technical training and experience veterans acquire through their service make them uniquely qualified for many positions in the wind industry.

Wind service technicians often climb more than 300 feet up a wind turbine to troubleshoot and repair issues.  A veteran with experience working at heights or with heavy machinery and equipment may find their skills are highly transferable.

This weekend people can see just how impressive our wind turbines are and how they are made for America.  They will be on the ABC SuperSign – in the heart of Times Square. 

Building Automation:

Siemens’ Building Technology division has more than 700 veterans, and has hired over 80 veterans in the last year alone.

In this particular business, we’ve found that the same commitment and dedication to excellence and innovation, coupled with demonstrated leadership and proven analytical skills are highly valuable with delivering energy-saving technology, and using data to better manage building temperatures and energy output. 

Training:

But aside from direct recruitment of military veterans, Siemens is also proud of its continued effort to train veterans. Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business established a training initiative that provides free training in the use of Siemens PLM software technology.

In cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, San Diego and Cincinnati, this program enhances veterans’ ability to be hired by the more than 77,000 customers and potential employers who utilize our software and technology solutions.

We are proud of our country’s brave military service men and women, and are pleased to have been named as a “2015 Best for Vets” employer by Military Times, recognized for our dedication to recruit, hire, and retain qualified veterans. 

Today, and always, Siemens salutes U.S. veterans and is pleased to help offer training and ultimately job opportunities that they are distinctively qualified for in industries around the world. 

Learn more at www.usa.siemens.com/careers/veterans