Pilot Program Connects Vets to the Energy Industry

Attendees of Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi’s annual energy fair gather around the Tokyo Gas tent during an event at Taylor Field.
Attendees of Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi’s annual energy fair gather around the Tokyo Gas tent during an event at Taylor Field, Oct. 30, 2015. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason C. Bawgus II/U.S. Navy photo)

This article is from April 2011.

For military veterans looking to get into the energy industry, Dominion, one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, has launched a pilot program to link thousands of future job openings in the energy industry with troops leaving military service. The pilot will last approximately two years and be carried out by five utilities around the United States.

The "Troops to Energy Jobs" program is part of the national Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) and features outreach, recruiting, education and training programs for military personnel transitioning into civilian careers in the energy field. The pilot program was announced at a news conference in Richmond, Virginia.

"Thousands of energy jobs are opening up all over the country, and they offer terrific careers to servicemen and -women who have completed their military tours," said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion. "There is a natural fit between the military and the energy industry. Both cultures are civic-minded and, first and foremost, safety-focused.  Military personnel are also well-trained and disciplined -- key qualities we look for in this industry."

A 2009 CEWD survey estimates that there will be 100,000 openings in the energy industry by 2015, and as many as 250,000 jobs by the end of the decade.

"This amounts to a huge wave moving through our company and our industry that will leave us urgently in need of finding qualified replacements," Farrell said. "The pool of men and women leaving the military is the perfect place to find a great number of them."

Dominion is known for its support for its military employees, with benefits including a Troop Support program for deployed employees, and up to 100% salary differential paid for up to five years for deployed employees. Dominion's current openings and their military equivalents are mapped out below:

Air Force Career Dominion Career
Nontechnical careers Administrative/customer service
Technical careers Craft/technical
Specialty careers Craft/technical
Army Career Dominion Career
Administrative support Administrative/customer service
Technical careers Craft/technical
Specialty careers Craft/technical
Transportation and aviation Craft/technical
Arts and media Professional
Computers and technology Professional
Legal and law enforcement Professional
Construction and engineering Technical/engineering
Coast Guard Career Dominion Career
Damage controlman (DC) Craft
Electrician's mate (EM) Craft
Machinery technician (MK) Craft
Aviation maintenance technician (AMT) Craft/technical
Avionics electrical technician (AET) Craft/technical
Marine science technician (MST) Craft/technical
Maritime enforcement specialist (ME) Professional
Public affairs specialist (PA) Professional
Yeoman (YN) Professional, administration, customer service
Storekeeper (SK) Professional/craft
Information system technician (IT) Professional/technical
Electronics technician (ET) Technical
Marine Corps Career Dominion Career
Logistics combat Administration, customer service, craft, technical, professional
Aviation combat Craft/technical/professional
Ground combat Professional/craft
Navy Career Dominion Career
Office and administrative support Administrative/customer service
Construction and building Craft
Energy and power Craft/technical
Nuclear power Craft/technical
Submarine Craft/technical
Civil engineering Engineering
Science Math and science
Attorneys Professional
Business management Professional
Computers Professional
Education Professional
Finance and accounting Professional
Law enforcement and security Professional
Legal Professional
News and media Professional
Public affairs Professional
Purchasing and supply Professional
Human resources Professional, administrative, customer service
Supply, transportation, logistics Professional/craft
Transportation and logistics Professional/craft
Information technology Professional/technical
Electronics Technical
Engineering Technical

Other companies participating in the pilot program are Pacific Gas and Energy Company, American Electric Power, and Arizona Public Service and Southern Company.

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