Orion's December 2014 eNewsletter

Russell, Orion Manufacturing Training Program Graduate.


Russell's background was in construction and warehouse work. He had no manufacturing or machine shop experience when he started in the Orion manufacturing training program.

Russell learned how to set up CNC machines, and took shop math and blueprint reading classes. He gained experience in mechanical assembly and fabrication while working with Orion instructors, mentors and vocational counselors.

After Russell completed the manufacturing training program at Orion he was placed with Imaginetics, where he now works in mechanical assembly. His daily activities include part fabrication and putting together airplane part assemblies.

The work that Russell is doing at Imaginetics is similar to the work he was doing when he received training at Orion. "In assembly we build similar parts," Russell said. The training he received at Orion and the work he does in his current job have the same types of specifications and tolerances. "Everything is pretty much for Boeing," Russell explained.

"The thing about Orion is that the training, the instructors and the job development was really helpful, and the job search was valuable as well," Russell said.

Click on the link below to see Russell's New Beginnings video from the end of 2013: 



Virgilio came to Orion in hopes of a career change after working in the IT field for 6 years. Virgilio decided to pursue the manufacturing training program at Orion.  


While at Orion, Virgilio completed training in packaging, planning, assembly, punch press and drill press but found his true calling in inventory control.  


While in inventory, Virgilio received training in pulling standards, cycle counts, issuing parts, and accurately pulled parts needed for jobs.  


Virgilio is looking for the right employer that would utilize his experience and training in a shipping/receiving or inventory-type role.


If you are interested in learning more about Virgilio, please reach out to Dustin Nicholson at (253) 661-7805 ext. 247 or



Program tours are available!
Orion currently has openings available in all of our training programs (Manufacturing, Office Skills & Customer Service and Contact Center) and for job development.        


Individuals who are interested in our Manufacturing training program or our Office Skills & Customer Service training program are invited come and take a tour of the program and facility. 

  • Manufacturing program - every Tuesday at 1 pm
  • Office Skills & Customer Service program - every Wednesday at 1 pm
Contact Center program - pre-testing for computer literacy and customer service competency must be completed first. Contact Jeri Lucas to schedule an appointment at (253) 661-7805.

If you are interested in direct job placement services, please contact a Job Developer at (253) 661-7805.

Orion participates in the 2014 Ergo Fair

Orion staff members Brian Wilson and Dustin Nicholson at the 2014 Ergo Fair.

Orion staff members Brian Wilson and Dustin Nicholson represented Orion Industries at the 2014 Ergo Fair competition held by Boeing.

The fair showcased ergonomic improvements to equipment and processes. Orion featured a tablet and noise canceling headset using a talk-to-text application which are used to improve communication between Orion instructors and interns who are Deaf.


Orion team member featured in AJAC video

Orion team member Miley Molstad is one of the profiles featured in the video produced by AJAC.

Orion staff member Miley Molstad is featured in a new video from the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee.  


AJAC develops apprenticeship programs to ensure that the valuable knowledge and skills of retiring tradespeople are passed to the next generation.


Orion Riders raise funds for Childhaven

Orion Riders making a donation to Childhaven.

The Orion Riders collected funds for a charitable donation to Childhaven, a local organization that does wonderful work with children in need. The Orion Riders achieved their goal and were able to add a company match from Orion Industries to the donation. The Orion Riders are active in the community and are an inspiration to the rest of the Orion staff.

If you'd like to learn more about Childhaven or support the good work that they do in the community please visit their website:


Orion staff support the Auburn Food Bank

Orion staff at the Auburn Food Bank breakfast.

Orion staff supported the Auburn Food Bank at their annual breakfast on November 7th.

Orion partners with the food bank in a number of ways including referrals to get support and referrals to provide vocational training.

To support the Auburn Food Bank, visit their website:


Orion team member to serve as president of the Washington State VFW Ladies Auxiliary

Orion Contact Center leadership team at the VFW fundraiser.

Erin Mezek is the workforce coordinator in the Orion Contact Center, and will been installed as president of the Washington State VFW Ladies Auxiliary in June 2015.

The contact leadership team attended the fundraiser for Erin's installation as president.

Congratulations Erin!

Orion staff member participates in Washington State
time capsule

Orion staff member Richard Schile at the capital building in Olympia, WA.

Orion staff member Richard Schile is a member of the 1989 group of ten-year-old children who contributed to a time capsule in Olympia to celebrate Washington State's centennial.

Now 25 years later they are charged with recruiting the next set of ten-year-old children to add to the time capsule.

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