Siemens expands commitment to Joining Forces initiative

  • 2,000 veterans hired by Siemens since signing on to program in
    2011; commitment to hire additional 500 veterans over next five years
  • Siemens Product Lifecycle Management software business to train
    500 veterans in computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering
  • Siemens is proud to grow pledge to veterans as part of Joining
    Forces 5
    th anniversary

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Siemens has announced its 2,000th veteran hiring since the company began
participating in the Joining Forces initiative in 2011, and has
committed to hire an additional 500 veterans over the next five years.
Additionally, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management software business has
committed to train 500 veterans in high-tech software platforms. Helmed
by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, Joining Forces
works to support and honor America’s service members and their families.

Siemens has proudly participated in the White House’s Joining Forces
initiative since its inception. The company started out with a goal of
hiring 300 veterans but has since exceeded its initial commitment by
more than six times.

“At Siemens, we know we have a responsibility to help our veterans live
the American dream they helped defend,” said Eric Spiegel, president and
CEO, Siemens Corporation. “We are committed to supporting veterans as
they return to the civilian workforce. We have comprehensive recruitment
and training programs in place and have a dedicated network to support
our company’s veteran community.”

Richard McCulley, a Systems Specialist with the Siemens Building
Technologies Division, is the 2000th veteran hired by the
company since signing on to the Joining Forces initiative. Based
in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, McCulley joined Siemens in March
2016 and brings nearly a decade of military service from both the Navy
and Army. During his time in the Navy, McCulley served aboard the
Aircraft Carrier John C. Stennis, including a nine-month western pacific
tour aboard the ship. He transferred into the Army, where he became a
signal support systems specialist and was deployed to Iraq in 2009-2010.
This experience translates well into McCulley’s role at Siemens where he
is responsible for configuring building automation systems for Heating,
Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technology. The role requires a
combination of computer skills and hands-on system work, and allows for
future growth in more complex project management and technology

McCulley said Siemens and the military have some similarities –
especially when it comes to organization size and approach to training.
“Siemens will train me, prepare me, and pay for my tools so I can do my
job,” he said, much like the military does.

The U.S. military is one of the most technologically advanced
enterprises in the world. As brave men and women leave military service
and return to civilian life, the extensive technical training and
experience they have gained make them uniquely qualified for jobs in a
variety of industries around the world. At Siemens, the skills military
veterans possess translate into a range of roles from corporate
leadership to project management, field service, and manufacturing. For
example, approximately one dozen former U.S. military service members
have been hired by Siemens as service advisors to support the Amtrak
Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) locomotives built by Siemens that operate along
the Northeast Corridor. Roughly, 25 percent of employees at the
company’s Wind Service Training Facility in Orlando are veterans. More
than 10 percent of employees at Siemens’ Wind Power Nacelle Factory in
Hutchinson, Kan. are veterans in a variety of roles, including
general/mechanical/electrical assembly and testing, quality control, and

“In addition to their technical background, these employees have proven
leadership experience and can navigate complex, fast-paced environments
working independently or in teams,” said Spiegel. “Hiring veterans is
not just the right thing to do, it’s good for business. Our veteran
employees are a huge asset to the company, and we appreciate their
dedication to Siemens.”

Siemens is helping the industrial world transition to a digital
enterprise using the same smart technologies that have already
transformed our consumer and retail worlds. One of the biggest
challenges many organizations face is a shortage of workers with
backgrounds in technical training and information technology. With
additional training, America’s veterans, experienced in highly
sophisticated technological environments, can help fill this gap.

In addition to the more than $50 million Siemens spends annually for job
training programs in the U.S., as part of today’s announcement, Siemens
will offer job training for 500 U.S. military veterans over the next
five years. This veteran job training initiative, run by the Siemens
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software business in cities across
the country, provides free training in the use of state-of-the-art
digital lifecycle management and computer-aided design (CAD),
computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE) and
product data management software technology. Through this effort,
Siemens will invest up to $17,000 per eligible veteran for access to
training that will help enhance veterans’ qualifications for skilled
positions in manufacturing industries around the world, including
automotive, aerospace, energy, and machinery. Upon completion of the
training, veterans can then present themselves as qualified candidates
for positions with Siemens or the more than 140,000 customers who use
Siemens’ PLM technology around the world.

“The ongoing software revolution has created a critical demand for
qualified technology-trained professionals,” said Chuck Grindstaff,
president and CEO, Siemens PLM Software. “It is important that we make
training in advanced manufacturing technologies and practices available,
so our veterans can be successful in a highly competitive job market.”

Siemens is expanding its course offerings through this effort and will
now include online training and certification for its Solid Edge®
software. Individuals that receive Solid Edge certification will also be
eligible to receive a free one-year subscription to Solid Edge to assist
with future employment or help start their own engineering or
manufacturing business. Additionally, Seattle, Wash., Peoria, Ill., and
Cromwell, Iowa have been added to the roster of more than 20 cities
across the U.S. where Siemens PLM is providing free training.

In addition to Siemens’ various training programs, employees are able to
participate in the company’s Veteran’s Network, which provides an
environment that recognizes and exemplifies the value that our veterans
bring to the organization. The program provides mentoring, job training,
and other resources for our veteran staff members to help them succeed
in the civilian workplace. The Veteran’s Network also partners with
Siemens Caring Hands to help military families, veterans, and those
stationed overseas through various charitable initiatives.

“We find veterans to be natural leaders, with the dedication,
determination and strong skill set to help them jump in and get the job
done. This has proven to be invaluable to Siemens,” said Mike Panigel,
chief human resources officer, Siemens Corporation. “I am a veteran
myself, having served in my native country of South Africa, so I can
personally identify with the experience of transitioning to the civilian
workforce. As a relatively new American citizen, I’m proud to work for a
company that is partnering with the White House on this important

Siemens was named a “2015 Best for Vets” employer by Military Times,
recognized for its demonstrated commitment to recruit, hire and retain
qualified veterans. It also earned the 2016 Military Friendly Employer
designation of GI Jobs and Military Spouse magazines.
Siemens was ranked #1 on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies
list in the electronics category.

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focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization.
One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient,
resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems
for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With
approximately 348,000 employees in more than 190 countries, Siemens
reported worldwide revenue of $86.2 billion in fiscal 2015. Siemens in
the USA reported revenue of $22.4 billion, including $5.5 billion in
exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50
states and Puerto Rico.

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