Military Life

5 Veteran-Friendly Jobs With A Manufacturing Focus

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.

Behind every product and technology that we enjoy today is the world of manufacturing, the process of taking raw materials and processing them into a finished product. Transitioning veterans with skills in management, sales, electronics, engineering, tooling and more will find a wealth of opportunity with a variety military-friendly companies that need their expertise to turn out good products.

The focus of this week’s column is open positions with Hirepurpose partner companies that center on the business of manufacturing.

1. Branch manager in Redwood City, California

Airgas, the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, is looking for a dynamic branch manager to join its team in sunny Redwood, California. Known for its military-friendly policies and dedication to military causes such as Operation Homefront, Airgas is a great company for veterans to consider as they move into the private sector. With a focus on personnel management and sales, this position is a great way for noncommissioned or junior officers to put their leadership, customer service and project management skills to work.

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2. Electrician in Gibsonton, Florida

Those former service members who know their way around operations of electrical/electronic systems will definitely want to check out this role with American Water, a top provider of high-quality water and wastewater services in the U.S. With an entire military services group that proudly provides water and environmental support service to military bases, American Water values the experience and unique characteristics that veterans bring to the table. This position requires a familiarity with 480-volt and 4160-volt electrical systems, as well as the ability to read and interpret schematics and logic drawings. If you served as an electrician’s mate, field wireman, or electronic maintenance chief, you’ll find yourself at home in this job.

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3. Maintenance engineer in North Carolina

Veterans with equipment maintenance or tooling experience will want to explore this exciting opportunity with Associated Materials Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of exterior home products. With over 3,000 employees across 35 states, AMI has a track record of recruiting and developing military alumni and their family members. The ideal candidate will have the mathematical and analytical skills necessary to evaluate equipment efficiency and identify obstacles to productivity. Those who served in military occupational specialties such as metalworker, engineer equipment chief, machinery repairman, mechanical maintenance supervisor, or allied trades specialist will find their skills transferrable here.

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4. Electrical and instrumentation technician in Hope, Arkansas

If you are a transitioning military member who was trained in the maintenance and upkeep of electronic and pneumatic equipment, then this job with Hexion might be a good fit for you. As a global leader in thermoset resins, Hexion fosters an inclusive environment and actively recruits veterans for their deep commitment to excellence, safety, and desire to make the world a better place. This position focuses on preventative maintenance as well as equipment repair, requiring someone with a mechanical aptitude and the ability to design and troubleshoot complex instrumentation systems. A high capacity for communication and the availability to rotate weekend on-call schedules is also needed.

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5. Senior maintenance technician in Thousand Oaks, California

While Amgen, a biotechnology company, is not a manufacturing organization, this maintenance technician role will be responsible for performing advanced installation, maintenance, and repair of a wide variety of utility and facility equipment used in manufacturing, utility plants, analytical labs, and office areas. As a company that seeks to improve the lives of those living with disease through medical research, Amgen values the leadership and commitment that is characteristic of those who have served in our armed forces. Veterans who spent their military careers in building or mechanical maintenance and who have intermediate to advanced computer skills would be well suited for this role. An associate’s degree and knowledge of pneumatic, mechanical, and hydraulic fundamentals is highly preferred.

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