WOODHAVEN, Mich. - After serving in three tours of duty between Afghanistan and Iraq with the Marine Corps, Sgt. Nate Olds was ready for a new line of work.
With his 12 years of military experience in the Marines’ avionics and air crew, Olds wanted a position where he could apply his engineering and manufacturing knowledge with a company that offers opportunities.
In 2012, Olds began his new career search at a “Hiring our Heroes” veteran’s job fair in Dearborn.
“Sitting between Nissan and Chrysler was a Ford booth that had a ton of details about job opportunities at Ford,” Olds said. “My uncle works for Ford and my grandfather retired from Ford. I always had great respect for the company so I thought I’d look into it.”
Not only did Olds follow-up with the job posting, he earned a position at Woodhaven Stamping Plant as a Long-Term Supplemental (LTS) team member working in the plant’s assembly department.
“Ford kept me in Michigan,” Olds admitted. “I had an opportunity to move out to California and work on military Predator drones, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to work for Ford.”
His decision paid off soon after. Within five months – and working between the assembly and press departments – Olds was officially hired as a Process Coach in assembly, a move that’s rarely heard of within Ford plants.
Olds had effectively jumped from a temporary team member to a salaried leadership role in less than half a year.
“Nate really showed the management team that he’s someone they can count on,” said Tom Kozler, representative, Labor Relations. “Almost immediately after he started on the plant floor, we heard how good he was. Even some hourly team members had discussed that he would be a good supervisor.”
During all the talk about his qualifications and capabilities, Olds kept a humble and quiet demeanor, something he learned from his 12 years of military experience.
“For me, it really just boiled down to doing the best I could while following all of our processes,” Olds said. “I stayed focused on it. I thought it was great that I had a positive impact in some way. There’s a great team here and I am proud of my decision to work for Ford Motor Company.”