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Military manufacturing jobs can involve creating products in factory or production line environments around the world.

There are 16 military careers in this industry

Explore stories from service members who have Manufacturing careers
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Military Computer Repairers

Some electrical instrument and equipment repairers focus on repairing the vast computer systems and networks operated in the Military. Computer repairers install, configure, test, troubleshoot, and repair computer systems (both hardware and software) that are used in all Military environments. They diagnose and resolve problems with IT peripherals, such as printers and network systems. They may also provide technical assistance to system users.

  • Median Salary:$39,317
  • Most Common Education: Associate's degree

Military Dental Laboratory Technicians

Dental laboratory technicians construct and repair dentures and other dental appliances including crowns, bridges, partial dentures, pre- and post-oral and maxillofacial surgical devices, and orthodontic appliances in a laboratory. Although dental technicians seldom work directly with patients, they provide a valued healthcare service by working with dentists to improve patient health and appearance.

  • Median Salary:$74,336
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Electrical Instrument and Equipment Repairers

Electrical instrument and equipment repairers install, maintain, and repair instruments and equipment, including communications equipment, radar and sonar systems, tactical data systems, and computers. They use a variety of approaches to troubleshoot and replace faulty components, subassemblies, and assemblies to restore instruments and equipment to optimum operating condition.

  • Median Salary:$61,433
  • Most Common Education: Associate's degree

Military Fleet Maintenance Managers

Fleet maintenance managers supervise and coordinate the repair and maintenance of the Military’s airplanes, ships, trucks, and other vehicles. They establish maintenance schedules, develop work procedures, and direct the operation of maintenance crews. They manage machine and maintenance shops. From repairing equipment damaged in battle to providing preventive maintenance, these managers are critical for keeping the Military’s fleet strong.

  • Median Salary:$61,788
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Machinists

Machinists perform various duties incident to fabrication, repair, or modification of machinery components or other metallic and non-metallic parts. They are experienced machine tool operators who use a variety of equipment and devices, such as lathes, drill presses, grinders, and other machine shop equipment. They may also utilize computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment, as well as computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided machining (CAM) software.

  • Median Salary:$57,952
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Maintenance Officers

Maintenance officers manage repairs of electrical and electronic equipment, machine shops, and other technical systems. They direct others in maintenance tasks and inspect systems to ensure top-notch operation. Technical tasks can include disassembly, cleaning, replacing parts, calibrating, and diagnosing malfunctions of equipment, machinery, and electronic systems. They may keep detailed records of the repairs performed and the need for future maintenance.

  • Median Salary:$77,922
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Medical Equipment Repairers

Medical equipment repairers test, adjust, and repair biomedical equipment. They service and maintain medical equipment with mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electronic, digital, optical, and radiological principles. They may work on patient monitors, defibrillators, ventilators, anesthesia machines, and other life-supporting equipment, as well as medical imaging equipment (x-rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment), voice-controlled operating tables, and electric wheelchairs. To do their work, medical equipment repairers use a variety of tools, including specialized test-equipment software.

  • Median Salary:$76,974
  • Most Common Education: Associate's degree

Military Non-Destructive Testers

Non-destructive testers find the smallest imperfections and take necessary corrective measures to keep the Military's equipment working safely. They utilize everything from x-rays to ultrasound to perform the job.

  • Median Salary:$54,018
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Power Plant Mechanics

Power plant mechanics install, maintain, and repair mechanical equipment in power-generating stations. They maintain various types of power-generating equipment on land, ships, and submarines. They also support the mobile utility equipment that the Military provides as portable, temporary sources of electricity.

  • Median Salary:$74,020
  • Most Common Education: High school

Military Power Plant Operators

Power plant operators control power-generating plants on land and aboard ships and submarines. They operate boilers, turbines, nuclear reactors, and portable generators. Power plant operators are also responsible for administering, managing, and evaluating shipboard engineering programs.

  • Median Salary:$80,869
  • Most Common Education: High school