Problem-solving is an asset wherever you work, whether it’s in the military or in the civilian world. A number of military occupational specialties involve problem-solving on a technical level, and the skills you gleaned from your time serving can translate into some pretty lucrative civilian jobs.

These jobs involve some specialized skills and technical training in either mechanics or manufacturing. In these roles, you’ll often be responsible for operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting the equipment at a facility. You’ll provide necessary technical, hands-on support to continuously improve systems’ operations, maintenance, mechanical equipment integrity, reliability, and cost. Because these jobs involve maintaining or engineering efficiency, you will likely be working to improve processes, troubleshooting issues, and reviewing the health and stability of technical processes.

“Many military skill sets translate well into maintenance roles with Fortune 500 and 1000 companies,” said Hirepurpose military program strategist Pat Maldonado. “The career path can lead to senior technician roles, engineering, and leadership roles that could manage shifts or entire maintenance organizations.”

If you’re the type of person who likes managing organizations and solving technical problems, you should consider these 10 companies with maintenance technician positions.



Innovation is a way of life at 3M. The company solves problems by applying creativity, teamwork, and ingenuity to improve life for millions of people worldwide. A few examples of 3M’s best-known, everyday brands include Post-it, Scotch, and Nexcare. 3M innovative solutions come with 70 years of experience creating products for the U.S. armed forces, including soldier protection as body armors, respiratory protection, hearing protection, and more.


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Air Products


Air Products has been working to make energy productive, efficient, and sustainable for 75 years. It hires veterans into all types of positions, which has defined company culture. Military experience can easily be translated into many roles within the operations of its plants, and the company values the leadership, focus on process, and dedication to safety that comes with that.

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Airgas is a company of hardworking men and women dedicated to helping its customers succeed. It is the leading U.S. supplier of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products; one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products; and a leading U.S. supplier of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. Airgas services over 1 million customers, and safely and reliably provide products, services, and expertise to more than 18,000 associates.

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Arconic creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with its customers, Arconic solves complex engineering challenges to transform the way people fly, drive, build, and power. At Arconic, you will have the opportunity to work with leading global companies that operate in world-changing industries — such as aerospace, automotive, building and construction, defense, and commercial transportation.

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Associated Materials


Associated Materials (AMI) is a leading manufacturer and wholesale distributor of professionally installed, exterior-building products for remodeling and new construction. Its supply center distribution organization links AMI directly to contractors, remodelers, builders, and other professionals throughout North America. Whether you’re looking for part-time opportunities while you earn your degree or you’re ready to jump into a post-military career, Associated Materials has no shortage of opportunities for you.

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Baxter International Inc. provides essential hospital products, including home, acute, and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; biosurgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software, and services. Its employees are connected by an enduring commitment to save lives. This higher purpose binds the company in doing work that matters. Baxter actively recruits military personnel transitioning to the business world, and its wide range of career opportunities will allow you to find the right role for your career goals.

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The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company. Its military hires bring with them a wealth of uniquely rich qualities. Veterans’ work attributes, which include discipline, diversity, character, and the ability to perform under pressure, have made the company stronger. The company hopes to fill thousands of positions within the next few years, from maintenance mechanics and engineers to warehouse supervisors, sales managers, supply chain managers, and accountants.

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Intel is dedicated to connecting the best and brightest talent in the tech industry. Whether you are an experienced professional or recently transitioned veteran, Intel has opportunities for you. The company wants to hire innovators to help with its mission to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth.

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Johnson Controls


Johnson Controls is a technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. If you’re an active service member looking to expand your career, or a military veteran transitioning to civilian life, Johnson Controls is interested in your service. Recruiting current and ex-military members has consistently been a staple of how Johnson Controls built its global team. Your skill sets often translate perfectly into the roles and responsibilities you will face if you join the company.

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Nestlé Purina


Nestlé Purina aims to make discoveries that better the lives of pets everywhere through the highest-quality production of pet food, snacks and litter. Pets are their passion; safety is their promise; progress is their pledge, and the company’s leadership is hoping that veterans that apply here will stand tall with them to enrich the lives of pets everywhere.

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