Advanced Technology Services, Inc. | www.advancedtech.com |
Published in the November/December 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Veterans interested in working for a military-friendly company in major growth mode should definitely take a look at Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (ATS).
“We currently have over 200 vacancies throughout the country,” said Holly Mosack, the director of Military Recruiting at ATS. “When I started nearly six years ago, we had about 800 employees. We now have over 3,000 and are forecasting to double in size by 2014. Our product is our people, so as our revenue grows, so does our employee base. Our biggest need is for leaders and for manufacturing maintenance technicians – all of which are great opportunities for veterans.”
Mosack was in the Army for over seven years. She left the service as a captain in 2004 and came to ATS in 2005 to start the military recruiting initiative.
“We began in 1985 as a spin-off from Caterpillar and have grown into the leading supplier of production equipment maintenance for top manufacturers,” she said. “Our mission is ‘we make factories run better’ and we do that through IT support, factory maintenance, and industrial parts repair.”
She notes, “We’ve all heard the stories about great ideas that got their start on a napkin, but rarely do we get evidence of that actually being true. But that’s absolutely the case for ATS. The company got its start when one of its founders drew an idea on a napkin. That entrepreneurial spirit continues today. The CEO’s motto is, ‘do a little work, make a little money, have a little fun.’”
ATS works to improve the productivity and profitability for many of the world’s most respected manufacturers through the managed services of production equipment maintenance, information technology and spare parts repair. ATS employs approximately 3,000 people across the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
One quarter of ATS associates have a military background. ATS has received the Pro Patria award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for its commitment to hiring veterans and ongoing programs, such as its ATS Cares Campaign and its role in military charities including Tee It Up for the Troops and the National Society of Military Spouses.
The company offers differential pay for those who report to active duty, and ongoing benefits options for those employees and their families. When the employees return, ATS helps them transition back into to their everyday lives. The company even has a Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Advisor to help employees understand eligibility, job entitlements, benefits and other options.
ATS created a military translator to match a service member’s military occupation with a civilian job. Veterans can search available opportunities using their military title. Using their GI Bill benefits, veterans can also become a manufacturing maintenance technician with ATS in less than a year. The company offers a Leadership Development Program that allows veterans to connect with a veteran mentor for assistance (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“We have had a very positive experience hiring veterans and are expanding our military recruiting initiative currently to accommodate the growth,” Mosack said. “We have seen the success that veterans have brought to ATS and also seen them progress in their careers and do great things.”
She believes that success comes from several places. “I find that the veterans that have been to Afghanistan and Iraq especially bring a unique perspective,” Mosack said. “Our job is to fix machines, no matter what it takes. They have a background of being in austere environments and having to accomplish the mission no matter what. They bring that mentality to ATS and it’s a perfect match.”