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STEM Professional of the week

Joaquin Orozco      
Huntington Ingalls

A consummate professional and role model, Joaquin Orozco demonstrates exceptional leadership and exhibits exemplary performance as a System Safety Engineer for Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding. In this role, Joaquin applies his knowledge of industrial processes, mechanics, chemistry, psychology and safety laws, to prevent or correct injurious environmental conditions and unsafe work practices. He also plans, implements, and coordinates safety programs, requiring applications of engineering principles and technology to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions. Joaquin's diverse and technological background allows him to consistently meet challenges and to work in concert with subject matters experts to improve processes and upgrade systems.

Joaquin joined Ingalls Shipbuilding shortly after leaving a military career with the United States Navy. A Veteran of the Navy and Navy Reserves, Joaquin served onboard the Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64), and was a member of Special Boat Unit 22 a Riverine Boat Unit. The nine years he spent in the active and reserve services taught him many things, such as discipline, dedication, and desire to advance. Fueled by that desire, he advanced to the rank of Second Class Petty Officer and later, the dedicated self-motivator moved from military life to civilian life with his current employer.

Over the years, Joaquin has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the company. Hired as an Outside Machinist Apprentice, meant that he would learn his trade by combining classroom instruction with on the job training. Joaquin was very successful in the four year program, finishing 3rd in his class and was able to work within that trade for nine years prior to moving into a management position. Once in management, Joaquin decided he would continue his education, and applied for the company sponsored Co-Operative Education program. He was selected to take part in the five year program by a panel of Senior Managers. Completing the program in 3.5 years, he earned a Ships Management position where he managed and coordinated multifunctional crafts to ensure jobs were completed on time and under budget. After several years in that position, Joaquin was asked to return to the Safety department as an engineer. Hid diverse knowledge of the crafts, ships management and operations, allows Joaquin to proactively address safety concerns and help the organization focus on its number one priority − safety.

The Southern California native now resides in Jackson County, Mississippi. He earned his bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi. For the past two years in a row, Joaquin has received the Ingalls President's Award, the highest award given to individuals and teams who make significant contributions to the organization.

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