Veteran Employer Background – Information Technology – Tec-Masters, Inc.

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Published in the November/December 2011 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Among the many reasons that veterans are coveted at Tec-Masters, Inc. (TMI) is their willingness to take on any task. “It’s hard to teach attitude,” said Paul Secrest, Tec-Master’s chief strategy officer, Information Technology program. The 21-year Navy veteran retired as a chief petty officer in 2001.

“Service members have the attitude and work ethic we’re looking for,” Secrest said. “We can find the technical skills in many places, but we’re interested in attitude as much as aptitude. Plus, we do a lot of work with military bases, and being able to speak the language is also an asset.”

Tec-Masters has worked in the defense industry for more than 20 years and provides technical solutions for defense, federal and commercial customers worldwide. The company specializes in mission support, system integration, maintenance, training, creative multimedia, logistics, information technology, software development, customized engineering, and manufacturing.

Tec-Masters is International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 9001: 2008 certified, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 3 appraised and Six Sigma certified. The company was named a 2011 Top Simulation and Training Company by Military Training Technology magazine for delivering products and services that allow U.S. military personnel to train and rehearse for missions in theater, or to prepare for deployment.

The company has developed key simulation and training products for the Fires Center of Excellence Fires Battle Lab, PEO STRI, and the Missile Defense Agency. It designs and fabricates components used in integrating live vehicles and players into the live simulation domain. TMI also integrates live command and control devices with Human In The Loop (HITL) simulations and constructive simulations for both training and experimentation.

The skill sets Tec-Masters are seeking can vary, but the company is primarily interested in personnel who have experience with Cisco, Microsoft, database management and a geospatial background.

Dr. Marvin Carroll is the president and CEO of Tec-Masters. Though the company is heavily involved in the technology side of doing business, Secrest said the company isn’t just focused on the bottom line.

“This is a family business,” Secrest said. “It’s all based on Dr. Carroll’s philosophy that Tec-Master’s mission is to create jobs for people. The focus is not on the profit margin. As the sole owner, Dr. Carroll plows the profits back into the company.”

“As a result of being company-focused, Tec-Masters has great benefits,” Secrest said. Families get full health benefits for just $123 biweekly; individuals get the same at just $50 biweekly. “There aren’t many companies that can beat that,” notes Secrest.

He thinks service members who are leaving the military should pay attention in the Transition Assistance Program classes and that they should have a properly focused resume.

“They should also understand that some of their experience in the military will apply to the job they are seeking, and some won’t,” he said. “They need to make sure that comes across on the resume.”

Other tips include making sure their security clearance is active before they leave the military, and to be honest with themselves and prospective employers about their willingness to relocate and what their expectations are.

“Do your homework,” Secrest said. “Avoid ‘shotgunning’ resumes to every company with a website. Also, make sure you reach out to specific managers who will do the hiring; don’t just send a resume and forget about it. Going the extra mile pays off before you join a company as well as after joining.”

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This article was written by Jay Myers