Second Class Petty Officer Laramie W. Griffin, Jr. Interview

Second Class Petty Officer Laramie W. Griffin, Jr. Interview

Second Class Petty Officer Laramie W. Griffin, Jr., Pipefitter Journeyman at Performance Contractors Inc.

Age: 35
Military Service:
Second Class Petty Officer (E-5), Navy (2002-2008)
Rating:
Missile Technician (MT)

What do you do?

I read and understand isometric engineering drawings on a daily basis. In the isometric bill of materials are specifics about the size, length and type of pipe (to be installed). The bill of materials also includes three different connections types for the specific need, whether it’s buttweld, socket weld or screw piping. Angles need to be understood when looking at an isometric drawing. Coordinates are important factors when determining the next steps when installing spool pieces. Knowing which contractors need to be contacted in order to complete these tasks is equally important.

What surprised you most about the civilian workforce?

The freedom to be able to choose a job that fits my personality and financial goals is what really surprised me; how many veterans are actually on every jobsite; and how much civilians respect and honor the military of every branch.

What’s your best advice?

Being on time and steady learning. It will keep you ahead and you will continue to get stronger on a daily basis. If helping the man or woman next to you succeed is a constant mindset, you will see success at a very high rate.