The construction industry wants the best of the best. With the skills you possess from your training in the military, you are the perfect candidate for a successful career in the construction industry.
Take a minute to consider your options. The employers listed to the right are committed to hiring veterans. These employers will be posting open positions to the Hard Hat Heroes database, where you will have the ability to apply for those careers in the industry.
The Hard Hat Heroes database is exclusive to transitioning service members and veterans. To start building your resume, click on the banner below.
Military to Construction Career FAQs
Why should I consider a pursuing a construction career?
A construction career is a strong fit for men and women transitioning from the military to civilian life. The field experience, values and leadership skills learned while protecting America in military service translate well into a life building America as a craft professional.
Download BYF’s Military Crosswalk on our Resources page to identify how Military Occupational Skill (MOS) codes align with NCCER’s industry recognized, portable credentials.
What are the benefits of pursuing a career in the construction industry?
The construction industry offers high wages, competitive benefits, and requires technical expertise. The good news? Major industrial and commercial construction companies are eager to hire and train veterans for craft professional positions today.
What type of training is necessary?
This training often happens through an apprenticeship or accredited training program where you develop your skills on-the-job. You are allowed the flexibility of training for a civilian career while earning a paycheck and industry recognized, portable credentials.
If you have construction related experience from your time in the military, you can apply that training directly to propel you on your path toward becoming a journey-level craft professional.
Did You Know?
As of December 2014, GI Bill® funding can be utilized for many of NCCER’s assessments. To find out which assessments are now available for reimbursement through the GI Bill, contact your State Approving Agency.
Have questions on how to receive reimbursement? Review these guidelines and helpful tips:
Get The Facts
- More than 1 million service members are projected to leave the military between now and 2016 (US Department of Defense).
- Two-thirds of veterans experienced a difficult transition from military to civilian life (Veterans’ Employment Challenges).
- In a 2012 study, 60 percent of veterans named “finding a job” as the greatest challenge in transitioning, with transferring military skills to civilian environment a major hurdle (Veterans’ Employment Challenges).
- Three in five veterans worry about how to translate their military skills to a business environment (Veterans’ Employment Challenges).
- 70 percent of veteran job seekers believe in-person networking to be an effective job seeking tool (Veterans’ Employment Challenges).
- The construction industry will need to hire 240,000 new workers each year for the next five years (U.S Department of Labor).
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Military Friendly Employers
The companies represented below have demonstrated a strong commitment to support our military service members by giving them hiring preference as they transition into construction careers.
Military Friendly Employers:
Day & Zimmermann
L.P.R. Construction Co.
Performance Contractors, Inc.
Professional Labor Support
Worth and Company, Inc.
Other Supporting Organizations:
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.
AGC of America
Florida Masonry Apprentice & Education Foundation
Louisiana Community and
Technical College System