Veteran Employer Background – Manufacturing – Eaton Corporation (1)

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Published in the July/August 2010 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Eaton Corporation is a power management company that helps customers manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power. It’s also a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution, and control; hydraulic components, systems, and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drive train and power train systems for performance, fuel economy, and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. It has nearly 24,000 employees in the U.S. and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Chuck Harlow, a corporate recruiter for Eaton, is a retired Navy Master Chief who left the service after 20 years, 17 of which were spent recruiting. During his career, he was in charge of two recruiting districts covering more than six states, overseeing 350 recruiters and 52 recruiting stations. He joined Eaton in 2006 after retiring and currently recruits for the Electrical Services and Sales group in the United States and Canada. Harlow travels all over the U.S. to military job fairs and technical school job fairs, and typically has more than 25 positions for which he is constantly seeking qualified workers.

He said that Eaton Corporation conducts various veteran outreach activities on an annual basis, including notifying local, state, and federal employment referral agencies of job opportunities, participation in veteran recruiting events and participation in the Army Pays program. Eaton currently has about 2,700 employees who are veterans.

Harlow said that Eaton likes to hire veterans because the skills they learn in the military can cross over into the corporate sector. He noted that most military job candidates have strong leadership skills, work ethic and a drive for results. Right now, veterans with electrical and mechanical experience are in demand at Eaton. He also pointed out that business and geographic diversity make Eaton an attractive employer. All employees are encouraged to continue learning new skills and developing professionally. They can do this by using internal resources like Eaton University, the company’s internal training school.

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This article was written by Jay Myers