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Veteran in the Spotlight

Joe AquilinaJoe Aquilina

Hometown: San Diego, California
Years in the military: 13
Division: Nuclear Machinist Mate
Years with Air Products: 1
Current role: Site Supervisor
Current work location: Conyers, Georgia


My military career helped me build many skill sets that have proven useful during my time at Air Products. In my early years in the Navy, I learned skills needed to be an operator and maintenance technician. I learned that finding the reason for why a component broke is just as important as fixing it correctly. As I became a senior leader, I was given the chance to learn more about the sailors that worked for me and how to lead them properly.

After becoming a Site Supervisor at our Conyers, Georgia, air separation facility, my maintenance and operations skills helped me to better understand the operations and keep the plant running. My supervision and time management skills are a great asset when working with the team . . . although I would be remiss if I didn’t say that, without my operators, mechanics, and driver team helping me learn the Air Products way, I wouldn’t be as effective as I am.

Air Products made my transition easier than any other company I interviewed with. As a former Marine, Nick Mercado (HR Central Staffing) knew the transition wasn’t going to be easy for me. He reached out immediately and helped me through the resume/interview process, often following up multiple times a week. After I accepted the position, the relocation assistance program took care of the rest.

They helped me find a new home, packed me up, delivered my belongings, and even set up my new home. From the time I applied to Air Products until I walked in to work on the first day, the hiring team made sure I had all the tools needed to transition easily, which took that burden off my list during my last few days in the military.

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