Marathon Oil Corporation | Adapt and Overcome |
Published in the May/June 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Chris McNinch, a facilities engineer with Marathon Oil Corporation’s Upstream Reliability Organization, spent eight years in the Navy. Three of those years were active duty, and the other five were in the reserve. He separated as a petty officer third class. He also worked in a portion of the manufacturing industry that was shrinking, and smartly decided that he needed to expand his education to improve his prospects.
“I studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois,” he said. “It was quite challenging doing full-time school, part-time work. But you have to adapt and overcome. That’s something the military taught me.”
The military helped him out in other ways, too. “As life progresses, you can wake up one morning and not have a job,” McNinch said. “I’m so glad I had the GI Bill to capitalize on. Without it I’m not sure where I’d be.”
He joined Marathon in July 2011. “It’s great to feel like part of a team again,” McNinch said. “This is a challenging work environment, but what I really like about Marathon Oil is the integrity and attention to detail. Marathon takes those things seriously.”