5 Energy-Sector Job Opportunities Veterans Will Want To Check Out

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Editor’s Note: The following article highlights job listings from Hirepurpose clients that are committed to filling its ranks with talented members of the military community. Learn more here.


Energy is an important part of the everyday lives of people all around the world. As veterans look to define their next steps after the military, the energy sector is a great place to find a new opportunity to serve.

This week we highlight opportunities with Hirepurpose partner companies that focus their activities around the development, generation, and support of energy. Available positions range from entry to mid level and include positions in sales, administrative support, electricity, and welding.

1. Lead generator in San Diego, California

Outgoing veterans of all ranks will want to explore this sales opportunity with NRG Home Solar, a rapidly expanding solar energy company that currently employs over 10,000 people across the United States. NRG has an excellent track record of recruiting from the military community. This job would be a good match for those who have an aptitude for learning about new technologies, who are comfortable with public speaking, and who have a full understanding of the sales cycle.

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2. Entry-level sales representative in Winston Salem, North Carolina

Air Products, a fortune 500 manufacturer of industrial gases and chemicals, is looking for a dynamic salesperson to join their team. With hundreds of jobs available worldwide, Air Products has been focused on hiring veterans for over 40 years. This position requires a four-year degree and focuses on selling industrial gases to hospitals, food packers, laboratories, and general industrial sites. If you served in a military occupational specialty that emphasized interaction with the public, negotiation, sales, service delivery, or if you took on special duties such as recruiting or protocol, you will find your skills transferrable to this role.

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3. Project support assistant in Oswego, Oregon

Transitioning service members who spent their military careers providing administrative support will want to explore this opportunity with Black & Veatch, a leading engineering, consulting, and construction company that builds infrastructure systems for the energy sector. The organization actively recruits veterans for their adaptability, dependability, and dedication. Ideal candidates for this position will be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, have excellent typing and filing skills, and have the ability to work with a variety of people on differing projects.

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4. Journeyman lineman in Golden, Colorado

If you are a self-motivated veteran or spouse with electrical experience then this opportunity with Xcel Energy, might be just the position you are looking for. Xcel Energy is one of the country’s premier providers of natural gas and electricity, recognized for its commitment to the military community through the designation as a “Best for Vets” company by the Military Times several years in a row. The position requires someone with excellent communication skills, a commitment to safety, a journeyman lineman certificate, and a Class A commercial driver’s license.

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5. Maintenance Technician - Welder - Pipe Welder in multiple locations

Exelon is a multi-state, nuclear and conventional power production company that is actively seeking former and transitioning military members for Maintenance Technician - Welder - Pipe Welder roles. As a member of the 100,000 Jobs Coalition Mission, Exelon is dedicated to hiring and developing those who have served. Individuals who worked in military specialties such as machinist, metalworker, aircraft welder or something similar are encouraged to apply.

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