Committed to Our Troops
Energy Companies Hiring Veterans
July 2016

The Troops to Energy Jobs program created by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is augmenting the energy workforce and exemplifying the electric power industry’s commitment to our nation’s service members.

Working with energy companies across the nation, the Troops to Energy Jobs program supports veterans as they transition from military service to civilian life, transferring their extensive military experiences and skills to the energy industry. There are many similarities between the requirements of a career in the military and a career in the electric power industry. Both fields can be physically and mentally taxing, require long hours, and necessitate an extreme commitment to safety.  Troops to Energy Jobs helps veterans transition to rewarding energy careers through a variety of tools, training programs, and resources.

Hiring highly qualified veterans is increasingly important, not just as a sign of commitment to our troops, but also as an important consideration of the industry’s aging workforce—with an estimated 34 percent of key energy workers set to retire by 2019.

“The need for a highly skilled energy workforce, coupled with trained and qualified men and women looking for employment, creates a win-win for the energy industry,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn.

Since 2014, Troops to Energy Jobs has registered more than 1,800 veterans and 79 electric power companies, and program participation is ever-increasing.

According to a recent “Gaps in the Energy Workforce Pipeline” member survey from CEWD, veteran hiring increased nearly 40 percent between 2010 and 2014. More specifically, the survey found that veteran hiring increased nearly 63 percent for lineworker positions and nearly 62 percent for non-nuclear technician positions.

America’s electric companies remain focused on delivering the safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy that powers our everyday lives and drives our nation’s economic growth. Part of that focus means a commitment to programs like Troops to Energy Jobs, which will continue to develop the innovative and civic-minded energy workforce of tomorrow.