EOD techs looking to transition out of the military needn’t look far for civilian career opportunities after leaving the military. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians advance to governmental agencies, private security companies, law enforcement teams and other private institutions.

EOD Tech Career Opportunities

The 3 main fields one can go into when transitioning out of their military EOD career are the following:

Law Enforcement (LEO) 

Transitioning from the military into law enforcement is the most obvious field EOD techs go into. Being an EOD tech in the military uniquely prepares individuals to be on a bomb team or diving squad in law enforcement. Different sectors where one could potentially work include (but are not limited to)  FBI bomb squad, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Secret Service, Police, Fire Fighter, and more. One thing to note about transitioning into law enforcement is that it’s normal for individuals to have to go through a police academy or spend time in the agency before being considered for certification as a bomb tech.

Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)

Going this route would be most similar to your military experience as you’ll be on site in a foreign country for months at a time. UXO companies send teams all over the world to render areas safe as well as collect unexploded ordnance, safely detonate and dispose of them.

Government Contracting

Government contractors love hiring military EOD techs! Why? Because the hard work in training individuals and getting them security clearance is already done.

EOD Tech Career

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EOD Tech Job Listings

We checked Indeed and did a search for different jobs that fit into these fields. We noticed that some jobs also ask for a bachelor’s degree, but most just want applicants to have years of experience & a security clearance.

Here are some examples of the job titles and companies we came across in our search.  It’s important to remember that job listings are temporary so you may want to check back frequently or set up job alerts as new positions open.

Note: The links will take you to the Glassdoor company pages.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Weapons Engineer – Lockheed Martin

UXO Technician – Arcadis

Technical Trainer – Explosive Ordinance Disposal – AR Services

EOD Technician – SOSI

 

Companies Hiring EOD Techs

Here’s a list of companies that hire loads of EOD techs (although this is just the tip of the iceberg and there are more!)

Note: The links will take you to the company website.

Lockheed Martin

Macauly-Brown, Inc.

Parsons

Arcadis

AR Services

SOSi

 

Maybe you wish to use your EOD and military experience for something other than what you did in the military.  In that case, it will be important to understand the skills you’ve earned during your time in the military and their corresponding civilian equivalents.  You’ll want to incorporate these terms in to your resume and civilian job search.

EOD Tech Civilian Job Equivalents for Military Experience

You acquire many skills in the military and as an EOD Tech that directly translate to civilian occupations.  Here’s a partial list of skills that you may have acquired that civilian employers would be interested in hearing about you.  These demonstrate your ability to execute and adapt in a corporate environment should you decide to pursue that path:

Accountability

Action Oriented

Advanced First Aid

Blueprints/Technical Diagrams

Budget Management

Challenge Driven

Classified Information and Materials Security

Command

Conflict Resolution

Contingency Planning

Documenting/Record Keeping

Emergency Management

Emergency Medical Care (Technician)

Focused Execution

Foreign Language

High Pressure Situations

Human Resources Processes

Inspiring Teams

Investigation Techniques

Leadership Accountability

Logistics Support

On the Job Training

Operational System Testing/Evaluation

Overcoming Challenges

Process Analysis and Improvement

Project/Program Management

Proofreading/Editing

Risk Management

Safety and Occupational Health Programs

Schedule/Itinerary Planning

Shipment/Transportation Planning

Strategy Execution

Teaching/Instructing

Technical Writing

User Documentation

Word Processing Formatting

The following skills and experience have more specific applications for the job you might be considering:

Biochemical/Metallurgical Assay

Blueprints/Technical Diagrams

Cargo Handling

Classified Information and Materials Security

Driving/Maneuvering Skills

Environmental Psychology

Equipment Safety Feature Design

Explosive Handling and Disposal

Fire & Hazardous Material Prevention Techniques

Firearm Handling and Maintenance

Fitness

High Pressure Situations

Hydrological Analysis & Forecasting

Industrial Control Systems

Industrial Equipment Operation

Insulation Material Installation and Removal

Investigation Techniques

Mechanical Equipment/System Installation/Repair

Message Processing Procedures

Message Traffic Analysis

Metal Cutting Techniques

Metal Joining Techniques

Military Training

Oceanography

Operational System Testing/Evaluation

Photographic Techniques and Processes

Piping System Installation and Repair

Pollution Prevention and Control

Radiation and Gas Safety Testing

Safety and Occupational Health Programs

Ship Design

Shipment/Transportation Planning

Skill with Hand Tools or Power Tools

Structural Integrity Evaluation

Tactical Operations

Weapons Training

As you can see, you’ve acquired valuable experience and skills.  Ones that the civilian job market finds extremely valuable.  The key is to communicate this experience in terms civilians understand.  For more information about skills translation, you can visit the VA’s Skills Translator.

Are you an EOD Tech who successfully made the transition from the military to a civilian career? Share your wisdom and experience in the comments below!

 

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