Peterbilt has partnered with Transition Overwatch to assist military members transitioning to civilian life with technician careers in the Peterbilt dealer network. Transition Overwatch – a veteran-owned company founded in 2018 – identifies high-potential veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce and serves as an intermediary between the veteran, special government programs, the Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) and Peterbilt dealers to facilitate their placement in service technician careers at dealer locations across the United States, the organization says.
According to the press release, Transition Overwatch is supported by two government programs: SkillBridge and the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). SkillBridge provides an opportunity for active-duty military service members to participate in industry training programs while continuing to earn pay and benefits. The RAP allows service members to develop skills and required competencies desired in the civilian workforce and offers them a path to employment through training, the press release says.
The first program graduate was Cody Andrews. According to the press release, Cody is a Marine Corps veteran with 20 years of service who exits the military as a Motor Transport Maintenance Chief. He graduated from PTI’s Lisle, Illinois campus at the end of June 2023 and has accepted a service technician position with TLG Peterbilt in Raleigh, North Carolina, one of its 24 locations.
“As I began my transition from the military, I wanted to find a career that I would enjoy and that kept me close to my family. I have loved Peterbilt trucks since I first saw my grandfather’s Model 379, so I did my research on Peterbilt. I appreciated TLG Peterbilt’s approach to family, veterans and customers and felt that it would be the perfect fit for me,” Andrews said. “I am excited to secure my dream job working on Peterbilts and grateful to Peterbilt and TLG for this fantastic career opportunity.”