These 4 Job Listings Are Perfect For Veterans Used To Working With Their Hands

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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.


It’s never easy trying to determine what civilian job makes sense after spending a couple decades in the military, or even a few years. Transitioning out of the military at any years of service, rank, or MOS is “scary.” Combine that with a separation date, leaving your battle buddies, and relocation, it can easily go from scary to terrifying. But with a little planning, preparation, and research, this can be one of the most exciting and rewarding steps you take in your life.

At Hirepurpose, our client partners have amazing opportunities that are applicable to all branches, ranks, and MOS. If you’re a wheeled vehicle mechanic, an infantryman, or water treatment specialist, one of our clients has an opportunity for you.

This week, we focus on careers that are hands-on in nature. These four career opportunities would be fitting if you’re looking to use your military expertise in vehicle mechanics, equipment maintenance, welding, or metalworking.

1. Fleet maintenance supervisor in Minnesota, and Iowa, South Dakota

This hands-on supervisory opportunity with Penske is great for veterans, particularly noncommissioned officers who have leadership skills and experience with vehicle and equipment-maintenance management. Penske, a national transportation company, has committed to the military community in a big way, with 14% of their new hires being veterans last year. The ideal candidate for the fleet maintenance supervisor position will be extremely organized and detail-oriented, possess the ability to identify and solve vehicle maintenance issues, be a true motivator and be ready to actively engage with their team. Service members who were trained as light and heavy-wheel vehicle mechanics, vehicular maintenance specialists, wheel vehicle repairers, motor transport operators, automotive maintenance technicians, and mechanical maintenance supervisors would excel in this role.

See more job openings with Penske >>

2. Operations manager and vehicle service attendants in Denver, Colorado

If you are a military veteran with leadership, customer service, and vehicle maintenance experience, who also has a knack for inspiring others to succeed, a job as an operations manager or vehicle service attendant with Payless Car Rental, may be just the opportunity for you. As a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Payless Car Rental is committed to hiring veterans, employing many former servicemen and women at all levels of their organization. Operations managers should be personable and customer service oriented, while also having the ability to focus on both financial and operational results. Vehicle attendants will need excellent interpersonal skills and a meticulous nature to ensure positive customer interactions and the effective maintenance of rental vehicles. This position is ideal for all ranks. For those looking to enhance their skills and advance within the company, a comprehensive training program is available at select locations across the country.

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3. Welding/production supervisor in St. Petersburg, Florida

Air Products, a manufacturer of industrial gases and chemicals that has been focused on hiring veterans for over 40 years, is looking for talented welders, metal fabricators, and leaders to fill the role of welding/production supervisor. Skills obtained in occupational specialties like allied trades specialist, aircraft metals technology specialist, machinist, steelworker, machinery repairmen or metal worker would translate well into this exciting hands-on management position. The role requires someone with great interpersonal and communication skills to instruct and supervise 20+ shop employees at a new manufacturing facility in beautiful Palmetto, Florida. The ideal candidate will have pressure vessel/ heat exchanger experience and be knowledgeable in blueprint reading. Noncommissioned officers who have honed both their technical and communication skills and are accustomed to leading diverse teams to deliver precise results will feel right at home here.

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4. Fleet maintainers in Pampa and Amarillo, Texas, and Carlsbad, New Mexico

Any military veteran who skillfully served in a specialty that involved the maintenance of trucks, aerial devices, construction, or other large equipment should check out this great fleet maintenance position with, Xcel Energy, a provider of electricity and natural gas services to over 5 million customers in the western and midwestern states. The organization is enthusiastic about hiring veterans and backs that up with action, having been recognized for their commitment through a designation as a “Best for Vets” company by the Military Times several years in a row. The position of fleet maintainer requires someone with technical expertise, an aptitude for mechanics, a strong work ethic, diagnostic capabilities, and problem-solving skills. The job is ideal for veterans who served in specialties such as vehicular maintenance specialist, light or heavy wheel vehicle mechanic, wheel vehicle repairer, automotive maintenance technician, construction equipment repairer aerospace maintenance specialist, or mechanical maintenance supervisor.

See more job openings with Xcel Energy >>

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