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Hiring practices earn local company award from JBLM program

Northwest Guardian

Published: 05:40PM July 17th, 2014
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Christina Carmen Crea/Northwest Guardian

Jessica Lawrence, Methella Green, JBLM Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr. and Jared Brown met at The Bistro on Russell Landing on Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Wednesday afternoon, July 16. Colonel Hodges Jr. presented a certificate from JBLM to employees of Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC.

Responsible for hiring 68 service members through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Service Member for Life Transition Assistance Program in a nine-month period, Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC is one of JBLM’s biggest employers of transitioning service members.

“They do a great job of telling us the numbers of the hires they do from JBLM,” said Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr., JBLM commander, “I think it’s great they are reaching out because it has benefits for both parties. Service members value hard work and are not afraid of harsh conditions. It’s a great partnership we have.”

Jessica Lawrence, Patterson-UTI human resources adviser, said employees that transition from the military are among the best they have because the job is very similar to what they’re used to.

“They have already been exposed to harsh weather, understand the chain of command and appreciate safety, which is important to us,” Lawrence said. “People that are from the military already come prepared to do our jobs.”

Lawrence added that they also like to “give back” by providing jobs to military personnel because of the unemployment rate. Methella Green, Patterson-UTI recruiter, said service members ages 18-24 have the highest unemployment rate — around 13 percent.

“When we started doing this program about two years ago, we wanted to target that audience because of their work ethic and ability to adapt to the jobs we have,” Green said. “They are already used to being far away from family and it’s an easy job to make that transfer from the military.”

Patterson-UTI is No. 77 on the top 100 Military Friendly Employers list, Green said. Green said they recruit in various ways that include job fairs, events and referrals. Their next event on JBLM will be Oct. 23.

“It’s usually a two-day event,” Green said. “The first day is a briefing of the program and the next day is interviews,” Green said. “If they’re within 45 days (of transitioning) we can drug test them right there and get the job process going.”

Green visits JBLM every quarter to do recruiting.

Patterson-UTI received a certificate of appreciation from JBLM that said: For outstanding support to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Service Member for Life Transition Assistance Program. Patterson UTI hired 68 service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, providing meaningful careers and enabling them to continue to contribute to their communities. This example clearly illustrates your commitment to help others. Thank you for such sincere support, and for being a tremendous partner with The United States armed forces, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Your actions reflect great credit upon your profession.”

Patterson-UTI serves major and independent oil and gas companies to provide a comprehensive drilling solution that includes APEXR drilling rigs and a commitment to safety, efficiency and the environment.

The company’s subsidiaries have more than 275 marketable land-based drilling rigs and operate primarily in oil and natural gas producing regions in the United States and Canada.