U.S. Department of Labor VETS – Philadelphia, PA (June 2016 – Present)
VETS is the Veterans Employment and Training Services division of the Department of Labor. Our regional office in Philadelphia oversees operations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. I am an HR intern working with our outreach team to network and raise awareness of the USERRA legislation that protects veterans in the workplace. A major responsibility of our office is compliance and I will receive some cross training but my primary objectives have been attending networking events, and preparing presentations for my supervisor and deputy administrator.
Last month I led a team that prepared a presentation for my boss who spoke at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey for Women’s Equality Day. I have also attended a TAP (Transition Assistance Program) class that is designed to prepare military men and women for their departure from the military. This was a great experience for me because I became aware of some of the difficulties that veterans face when they return to civilian life.
Cordray Corporation – King of Prussia, PA (July 2011 – September 2014)
At Cordray I started off in production, doing wire harness and sensor assembly. I learned how to use machinery to assist in wire prep, mix various epoxies and how to solder PCB boards. Being able to read schematics became part of my job and I worked on several products for client companies such as John Deere, Maxima Technologies, and Tyco (TE Connectivity). Over time my responsibilities grew and I developed a system of tracking certain products through the stages of production. I performed time motion studies and found ways to make assembly more efficient.
After two years at Cordray I became cross-trained in warehouse activities such as shipping/receiving, packaging products and arranging boxes of products on pallets to be loaded onto trucks and sent to our clients. I trained and supervised new personnel and eventually was given the title “production supervisor” to match my implied duties.