Put Your Military Electronics, Mechanical, Or Engineering Training To Work In The Private Sector Now

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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.


Veterans or transitioning service members seeking to put their electrical skills and mechanical or engineering training to work in the private sector will be pleased to know that there are many Hirepurpose partners who are looking for seasoned electronics technicians, mechanics, mechanical supervisors, and maintenance technicians. These organizations are hiring now and represent some of the country’s most cutting-edge and military-friendly companies. If you served as an electronics technician, avionics technician, missile repairer, fire control technician, radar repairer or power generation technician, you will definitely want to check these job openings out.

1. Electrical and mechanical roles: multiple openings in Thomasville, North Carolina

Career-level service members who are used to paying attention to details and know their way around electrical equipment are in high demand at Mohawk Industries, a leading global floor manufacturer. This military-friendly company is looking for over 20 new team members with electronics and engineering skills to help expand its Thomasville, North Carolina, production facility team. A working knowledge of programmable logic controllers and ladder logic is required to be successful in these roles. Duties will include troubleshooting and repair of manufacturing equipment.

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2. Manufacturing technician: multiple openings in Hillsboro, Oregon

Veterans with at least three years of experience working with semi-conductor technology should explore this exciting job opportunity with one of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking companies. Intel is actively seeking transitioning service members with an electrical background to work in their ultra-cleanroom facility maintaining and operating cutting-edge manufacturing equipment for semi-conductors. With its full-cycle veterans recruiting process, excellent benefits, and a results-oriented culture, Intel is a place where former service members will really feel at home. The company has a demonstrated commitment to our military and has been recognized on the “Most Valuable Employers for Veteran’s List” by Civilianjobs.com for three years running.

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3. Electrical, mechanical, and commercial-driving jobs nationwide

Air Products is a top manufacturer of industrial gases and chemicals that operates over 200 plants throughout North America. They have a variety of positions available right now that would be a good match for individuals with expertise in electronics, mechanics, or motor transport. The company has a 40-year history of heavily recruiting and hiring right out of the military and places a high value on the leadership and technical skills that former service members have to offer. Veterans of all ranks who served in military occupational specialties such as electronics technician, electromagnetic technician, mechanical maintenance, motor transport operator, or cryogenics technician will do well at Air Products. Drivers are always needed and the job is great, allowing you to be home every night and working with a clean, modern fleet. Drivers are seen as the face of the organization and occupy a special place in the workforce.

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4. Maintenance supervisor in Davenport, Louisiana

This supervisory position with Kraft Foods is perfect for noncommissioned or junior officers who have a familiarity with automation and electrical equipment as well as demonstrated leadership, communication and maintenance management experience. Kraft is one of the largest and well-known food services companies in North America. They employ hundreds of veterans and promote a culture of service, safety, and inclusiveness, similar to what you may have experienced in the military. The person filling the maintenance supervisor position will direct the every-day activities of approximately 40 highly skilled mechanics and technicians to ensure that the proper plans, procedures and routines are carried out. The ability to actively participate in troubleshooting activities is also required.

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5. Manufacturing maintenance technician in Anaheim, California

Former service members who have electrical systems skills and trained as light- and heavy-wheel vehicle mechanics, vehicular maintenance specialists, wheel vehicle repairers, motor transport operators, automotive maintenance technicians or mechanical maintenance supervisors are a good fit for this manufacturing maintenance job offered by Republic Services. As one of the nation’s leading recycling and non-hazardous solid waste service providers, Republic Services is a proud member of the 100,000 Jobs Coalition and has a proven track record of hiring and developing those who have served. The manufacturing maintenance technician will perform repairs and maintenance on recycling equipment, compact heavy equipment, and light trucks. The ideal candidate will possess high-level critical thinking and problem-solving skills and be able to execute routine maintenance and repair of hydraulic systems, brake systems, transmissions, electrical systems, engines, balers, conveyor systems and compactors.

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6. Engineering technician in Monument, Colorado

If you have a knack for computer programming and at least two years of experience with computer numerical control (CNC) machining, CNC programming and metal cutting, the position of engineering technician with DePuy Synthes Companies could be what you are looking for. DePuy Synthes is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive orthopedic and neurological business in the world. A proud part of Johnson & Johnson, they are a company that has exhibited a dedication not only to hiring veterans, but also to maintaining partnerships with a wide variety of military-friendly nonprofit and government groups. As part of this job, you will work closely with manufacturing engineers to generate programs for standard and special runs using MasterCAM and writing specialized programming. Veterans with the required technical expertise and strong oral and communication abilities will excel in this role.

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