From military service to a career in manufacturing

The skills you gained by serving in the military are valuable. The Advanced Manufacturing industry in Colorado needs the kinds of skills that veterans bring.

Today’s manufacturing jobs are perfect for transitioning service members and veterans. You can be employed and living comfortably in a growing career field with relatively little post-service training.

Think about it…

In your military occupation, were you responsible for following detailed instructions? Did you learn to track inventory? Did you fix equipment? Were you responsible for identifying issues with a piece of machinery or vehicle and finding a solution? How about teamwork? There are so many skills and some pretty useful knowledge that you gained that can be applied. 

"In addition to their broad range of technical skills, veterans have a well-deserved reputation for soft skills and admirable qualities that are just as important: leadership, team player skills, hard work, reliability and many more."
John Rossheim, Senior Contributing Writer Monster.com

Let’s figure how and where you can use your skill to get ahead in your civilian life.

  1. Check out this tool that can help you see connections between your MOS and manufacturing jobs.
  2. The training you received in the military may also be applicable in Advance Manufacturing college programs. Take your Joint Service Transcript to the college and begin by asking if all that you did during your military service can help you get a college credential faster and for less money. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
  3. Check out the ACE Military Guide
    • Get college credit for what you know and can do: At the ACE Military Guide, search courses, and enter the training included in your Joint Services Transcript. Ask for a meeting with your advisor or a faculty member. Show them the course and occupation descriptions. You may be able to get credit for all that you've learned while serving your country.
    • Make your resume snap: Search occupations and enter your Occupation Designator (for example 94E or 1112). Use those action verbs, skills, and tasks to demonstrate to your future employer what you bring the table.