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Ty Remington travels the

U.S. to scout land for

wind-power generation.

Climbing wind turbines and traveling throughout the U.S. to identify locations with wind- or solar-power potential is all in a day’s work for Ty Remington, a project development manager for GE Energy’s Power Generation Division. The new energy industry provides job opportunities for veterans.

Prior to his four years at GE, Remington was a U. S. Army engineer officer in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and a platoon leader, executive officer, and assistant operations officer at Ft. Lewis, Wash.  After resigning his commission, he joined GE’s Junior Officer Leadership Program (JOLP), a two-year entry-level program designed specifically for military officers. The program is a unique opportunity to experience a variety of roles in three eight-month rotations with GE Energy, Aviation and Oil & Gas. Qualified candidates are selected to start their careers within the two-year cross-functional rotational training program, which includes both on-the-job and formal classroom training before transitioning to permanent roles.

During his time in JOLP, Remington worked in Commercial Operations and Global Development and Strategic Initiatives, supporting the sale of power generation equipment for GE Energy’s offices in Schenectady, N.Y.

“JOLP was an amazing opportunity to transition to the corporate world, as it offered support from other GE veterans who have already transitioned, training opportunities and classroom lessons,” Remington said. “I was coming out of five years in the Army and after this two-year program I felt like I had caught up to my peers who had not been in the Army.”

Following JOLP, Remington became a project development manager focused on identifying future locations for wind energy.  Ty credits his experience in the Army for helping him at GE. Organizational structures with a hierarchical chain of command as well as a matrix-based model are shared by both organizations.  Both are also strong meritocracies – work hard and you will be recognized. 

“GE is not what I envisioned as the stereotypical corporate environment when I left the Army, but rather a team of people working towards a common goal,” Remington said.

“When I was new to GE, Steve Swift, a business leader in the Commercial Operations organization, described what we do as the ‘ultimate team sport’ because it requires pulling together sales, engineering, sourcing, manufacturing and commercial contracts teams to get a proposal out the door and a piece of high-technology power generation equipment delivered to the customer’s site,” Remington explained.

Remington also added, “it’s a great time to work in energy, especially in renewable energy. There is obviously a high demand for new energy sources and GE has the products and services to meet that demand. So it’s fast-paced and fun.”

This year, Ty is looking forward to his next role as the Solar Development Segment Leader with a global focus on solar development strategy.

“There are so many job opportunities at GE that you can always get into something new. Also, with more than 11,000 U.S. veterans, no matter where you go at GE, you’re going to meet someone who understands where you’re coming from,” Remington concluded.

GE Energy is doing ground-breaking work in a new industry and paving the way for new job opportunities for veterans.

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