Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Veterans in Aerospace & Defense

Veterans in Aerospace

Looking to hire veterans in 2013 but not sure how they fit into your industry? Veteran candidates are ideally suited for many different Aerospace/Defense positions. From Program Manager to Field Service Technician, veterans are propelling this industry forward. Read on for descriptions of specific positions in which veterans are excelling.

Project or Program Managers
Veterans have experience juggling the demands of complex programs and projects.  Throughout their military career, they have balanced human capital, critical resources, and time constraints to meet organizational goals.  Their leadership skills allow them to form and motivate diverse teams to insure the project is done on time and above standard.   Veterans have an easy transition from the military to programs supporting the military.  They are subject matter experts and proven transformational leaders.

Military candidates are well trained and schooled in the technical aspects necessary to succeed as a sales, product, or developmental engineer.  They come with advanced degrees and the hands-on experience necessary to contribute to the bottom line.  Today’s military professionals receive practical application and schooling in six sigma and lean manufacturing principles, and have a solid foundation of engineering skills. This background, combined with leadership skills and unlimited potential, gives a company great flexibility in using veteran Engineers in a variety of capacities.

New Business Development Manager
Understanding the structure of the Department of Defense allows veterans to use their contacts and networks in order to find key personnel and opportunities necessary to generate new business.  That ability, combined with their determination and knowledge, ensures success in securing those necessary contracts.  Many military candidates are adept in, and fully understand, the RFP and Bid Process.

Field Service or Maintenance Technician
Military technicians represent some of the best electrical, mechanical, and electronic talent anywhere.   Technically trained with real world experience, they frequently work on the same equipment they worked on in the military.  With a greatly reduced learning curve and solid fundamentals, technicians are able to work on the most complex equipment.  Furthermore, their excellent communication skills, professional presentation, and maturity guarantee success onsite at a client’s location. 

Among the aerospace companies who understand that veterans are a great answer to their industry-specific hiring needs is Aero Precision, a distributor for aircraft parts for international military users. Lynell Fraley, a Human Resource Specialist at Aero Precision, sums up: "At Aero Precision our recruiting needs are very specific based on industry demands.  The military candidates we have met have all been quite impressive. We are proud to have hired many [veterans] for various positions from Quality Inspection to Sales Management.  All have been a great success!"

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