Why Ex-Military personnel transition into great civilian Field Service Engineers

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It celebrates those from the military – past and present.

The technical training and skills the military provides gives a great platform for a career in the civilian field engineering workforce.

Many of the skills and challenges are directly transferrable.

However, it is the soft skills that military service teaches, which are often even more attractive to civilian employers.
Field Engineering is one major area which benefits from the pool of talent available when people end their military service.

Why do military personnel transition well into field service roles

Why do ex-military people make good field engineers?

They have the following skills, attitudes and aptitudes:
A breadth of cross functional skills
Excellent specialist training
An aptitude in more than one technical area
A strong work ethic
Used to travelling often at short notice
Possess a “can do” attitude
Are tenacious
Able to be self-sufficient, while being very team aware
Realistic and pragmatic problem solvers
Have learned not to over promise
Clear and concise communicators
Possess a desire to help and make a difference
Used to working in dangerous, uncomfortable situations
Accustomed to having to make use of the tools and equipment at hand

UK guidance for transitioning from the military
US guidance on transitioning from the military

If you have moved from the military to a civilian Field Engineering job, please let us know your experience and advice?

Feel free to add links to relevant information from your country.

Further Reading

A US Navy veteran who installs and services baking production line equipment for Kaak North America

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