Orion's June 2017 eNewsletter

Charles working at Imaginetics.

Discouraged by his struggle to locate a job due to his criminal history and barrier, Charles found hope in coming to Orion as soon as he took the tour and was able to see all the various opportunities that could be offered and the possibilities of starting a new career.

In two short weeks, Charles started his journey with Orion that began in Paint/Finishing, followed by Receiving, Saws, and lastly Hydraulic Build Unit Shipping & Receiving. Supported by the hands-on and visual learning tools that he needed to succeed, his mentors allowed him to grow in his own style and rhythm, which earned him many accolades in the machine shop. Additionally, blueprint reading and math classes not only furthered his knowledge, but gave him more confidence in his abilities.
Charles in Orion's math class.
"I learned that I could learn!" Charles exclaimed. "And, that I am open to learning as well. If I set my mind to it, I can do anything I'm asked to do." 

Charles was supported by Dru Fleming, his Job Developer. He  remained
positive and worked with determination while trying to find a company that would be open to employing those who have a criminal background. Areas that Charles and Dru worked on included growing his resume, improving his interview skills, and learning to be content with where he is in life. 

In just 18 weeks with Orion, Charles was able to secure a job with Imaginetics, in Auburn, in their deburr department. Now, after just six months, Charles looks forward to being able to work and learn in other production areas as he is needed. Les, Imaginetics' Shop Floor Lead, declared, "Charles is amazing! We are glad he's here."

Charles indicated that he has recommended the paid training program at Orion to many others and encourages them by saying, "Don't be afraid, and don't delay. Orion has been an uplifting experience."

Congratulations Charles!


 Christian at work in Orion's Auburn Manufacturing Training Program.
Christian  was working at a local Burger King, but knew that this would not be a long term career. One of Christian's friends, who was in Orion's Auburn Manufacturing Training Program, suggested that Christian come for a program tour. After reviewing the benefits offered by Orion's Training Program, including vocational counseling, machine shop mentoring, and job placement services, he  decided to take advantage of the paid training opportunity.

Although Christian was nervous and intimidated when he started the training program, due to his lack of experience working in a manufacturing environment, he recognized that he was not alone. There were others who were working with barriers and learning to adjust while gaining experience. He also discovered that Orion's mentors were there to help him learn and be successful. Christian said, "I realized that when I made a mistake it was something that I could recover from, and it was something that I could learn from. After that I became more self-assured, and my confidence grew as I gained experience."

While in the program Christian received training in Clamp Block, Hydraulic Build Unit, CNC Router, Shipping/Receiving, and Mills. In addition, he has gained kitting experience, and has participated in Orion's shop math and blueprint reading classes, which enhanced his knowledge and confidence.

Christian is now job ready and is looking for day shift work in the Auburn area. He truly enjoys customer service and working with people. He hopes to find a company that will be the right fit, and where he can grow into becoming an integral part of the team. If you are interested in learning more about Christian or would like to see his resume, call Tamie Clark at 253-661-7805, or email her at  tamie.clark@orionworks.org.

Orion classes available!

Orion contracts with companies around the King and Pierce County area to provide classes, such as blueprint reading. Companies can send their staff to Orion for classes at our facility, or we can send our instructors on-site. If you're interested in finding out more about how this can benefit your staff, please contact Orion's Training Program Manager, Cynthia Kim, at 253-661-7805.


Program tours are available!

Orion Industries, Auburn, currently has openings available in all of our training programs:
If you are working with someone who would benefit from this training program, please have them attend our weekly tour - Monday at 9am!
  • Our Office Skills & Customer Service Program offers students exposure to computer training, customer service training and keyboarding / 10-key skills training. It utilizes a self-directed model, in a small classroom setting, with instructor support. Each Friday, interactive group customer service discussions are led by the instructor. Students are offered a daily stipend of $10 for class attendance.
  • Our Contact Center Training Program offers three paid training opportunities: Inbound Customer Service, Front Desk / Reception and Document Conversion training. Participants can come for a variety of reasons including assessment or skills training. While some programs offer cohort enrollment, most positions enroll weekly. Pretesting may be a requirement and will be coordinated during program tour.
  • Contact Center Training Program Flyer 
Orion has multiple open spots for direct job placement support services to individuals not in our training programs. If you are interested in direct job placement services, please contact a Job Developer at 253-661-7805.

Health & Wellness Fair 2017

Pictured above are vendors, staff and program participants who participated in Orion's Health & Wellness Fair.

Orion Industries held our 5th annual Health & Wellness Fair on Thursday, May 25th. The 2017 Orion Health & Wellness Fair gave Auburn staff and program participants a chance to meet health food vendors, get samples and literature, and learn about the many healthy options which are available locally.

Everyone who attended left with a re-usable bag which they could fill with product samples, and was also able to enter for a chance to win one of several raffle prizes!

The vendors who participated or provided materials are listed below, check out their websites for more information.

American Cancer Society/Relay for Life

Mosby Farms

Public Health South King County

Multicare Auburn

Premera Health Insurance


Auburn Farmers Market

Metal logo installed in Orion Aerospace entrance area

  Tom Brosius, Orion Vice President & General Manager showing off the new facility art installation.
A new piece of facility art has been installed in Orion's Auburn location in the Orion Aerospace entrance area. The piece was created by Nicholas Yust, a metal fine artist, and was fabricated using aircraft grade aluminum. To see more amazing works created by Nicholas see his website:  

Empty Bowl Fundraiser

Pictured from left to right: Victor Molstad, Tricia Cleavelin, Liz Hickman, Lavada Colon, Kristina Pressley, and Joanna Boatwright. 

Several Orion staff members participated in the Empty Bowl fundraising event to benefit the Auburn Food Bank on the morning of April 28th. Extra bowls were selected and delivered to additional Orion staff who made donations but who could not attend the event. To learn more about this unique event, and to learn how you can also support the Auburn Food Bank, please visit their website:

Orion links
Orion Industries, Auburn
1590 A Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002
Orion Industries, Mukilteo
13008 Beverly Park Rd
Mukilteo, WA 98275