Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Navy Technicians – Your Skills are In Demand in the Civilian Workplace

As a Navy Technician, you possess strong technical qualifications and training in Electrical, Electronics, and Mechanics. You have world-class technical training, hands-on experience, and excel in any situation, no matter how difficult. So how does that translate into a civilian job? Why not see what other Navy Technicians who made the leap before you have to say about it!

I am currently a Field Service Specialist with Siemens.  Previously, I was an Electronics Technician in the Navy that worked on radars, comms, satcoms, navigation systems, and computer support. The equipment between the Navy and Siemens are totally different, but the knowledge and troubleshooting skills are the same.  I use all of the same techniques I learned in the Navy.” - Charles Allison, Field Service Specialist, Siemens

In the military, I served in the Navy as an Electronic Technician Communications, also known as Submarine Electronics Communication Field and then later as a Machinist Mate. With my rare yet diverse background of holding a Technician position and a Mechanic position, I became well equipped for the civilian workforce. And it just so happened that my experience as a Mechanic was exactly what I needed to enter this industry as a Class C Mechanic with TAMKO.” - Odaine Tomlinson, Class C Mechanic, TAMKO

I now work as a Data Center Facilities Technician. My particular background as a Nuclear Electricians Mate was a near perfect fit. My site manager is a prior sub ET Nuke who did six years active and about 20 reserve. He was very down to earth with me when he told me that what I would be doing is similar to what I do on the ship, but with newer technology and for a different purpose.” - Eldon Pavelka, Data Center Technician, Online Service provider

I am on terminal leave now and achieved my goal of getting hired before getting out of the military! I am now an Electrician with Nucor Steel.  I learned most of the fundamentals I needed to be successful in an electrical/electronic career as an Aegis Fire Controlman First Class (E-6) in the Navy, but, most of all, I learned practical life knowledge.  This knowledge has been much more important in the grand scheme of things than any of the knowledge I can pick up in a book.” -  Annie Kordecki, Electrician, Nucor Steel

I am now a maintenance electrician. My experience in military will certainly help me, but my new position is servicing equipment on a much larger scale than the aircraft components that I worked on.  I was an aviation electronics technician and eventually became a production supervisor at a FRC Mid Atlantic Site Oceana. My experience in the military gave a pretty solid understanding of electricity and electronics, which will be very useful in my new career.” – Derek Merson,  Electrical Technician, Alcoa

In the Navy, I was an Electronics Technician with a nuclear designation. The Navy Nuke field is known for its rigorous training program, which has certainly helped to prepare me for my post military career. I am now a Data Center Technician, and there are many parallels with my job in the Navy. I perform maintenance and repairs on systems within the Data Center. The technology is different, but the theory and maintenance practices that I learned while serving made the translation quite simple.” - Christopher Snyder, Data Center Technician, Online Service provider

Opportunities for Navy Technicians

As evidenced above, opportunities for Navy Technicians run the gamut from Field Service Technician to Manufacturing Technician to I&E Technician. Here are a few of the great careers Orion has available for Navy Technicians looking to make the transition to the civilian sector:

At Orion, we understand how marketable your skills are to the private sector and are here to help facilitate your transition to a great civilian career. Ready to get started? Find a recruiter here.

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