Hiring Our Heroes: RTI Helps Veterans Build Second Careers in Metals Engineering
RTI International Metals, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, specializes in advanced titanium, meeting the requirements of the world's most technologically sophisticated applications in commercial aerospace, defense, propulsion, medical device, energy, industrial, and chemical markets. For over 60 years, RTI has been taking titanium further through advanced manufacturing, engineering, machining, and forming processes. Employment opportunities at RTI and valuable military training are combining to create exciting second careers for U.S. Armed Forces veterans. Since RTI began tracking applicant status in November 2010, more than 60 veterans have applied, and the company has hired nearly 60 percent of those who have disclosed this information and were the best qualified candidates for the position.
These figures testify to RTI's concerted effort to hire qualified veterans. RTI posts all jobs with America's Job Exchange which reaches a large audience of nearly one million job seekers, a significant percentage of which are veteran candidates.
The commitment to hiring veterans has benefits for RTI and the individual. "Being a U.S. Navy veteran, I appreciate companies that hire veterans. This allows former service members to use the skills and training they learned while serving. It also gives companies the flexibility to bring in people who are already seasoned in their professions and possibly have new, brighter ideas to improve work areas," said Zachary Brohman, a quality engineer with RTI Fabrication.
During the hiring process, RTI screens applicants to determine their eligibility for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, a Federal tax credit incentive for private-sector businesses that hire from target groups (including veterans) who have consistently faced barriers to employment. Since 2010, RTI has qualified for over $26,000 in tax credits.
In 2012, RTI is expanding its efforts to hire qualified veterans. The company began posting jobs through Beyond.com and sourcing candidates from their database. Beyond.com has over 200,000 veterans' resumes in addition to features that increase visibility of our jobs to veterans.
Additionally, RTI is establishing relationships with local Chamber of Commerce branches near facilities where we anticipate job openings. This enables us to share information about job opportunities and learn more about local "Hiring Our Heroes" initiatives.
"RTI is committed to hiring our nation's heroes. We are proud to have their unique skills and experience at work for RTI," said Dawne S. Hickton, chief executive officer of RTI International Metals, Inc.