Advanced training and experience in testing and repairing precision equipment is a skill that is in demand in a many industries. Below are a selection of careers that may be a good fit for veteran fire control repairers, also known as 91G in the the military occupational specialty (MOS) codes.
|Job Title||Median Wage (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians||$60,270||5%||Experience repairing technical parts and equipment|
|Electro-mechanical Technicians||$55,610||4%||Experience with electrical, thermal, and optics sensors|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians||$62,190||2%||Electrical, thermal and optics experience|
|Avionics Technicians||$60,760||6%||Missile repair experience|
|Aerospace Engineers||$109,650||6%||Hands-on field experience with missiles and other precision instruments|
|Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other||$56,230||2%||Proven attention to detail|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Careers for Army 91G Veterans
Veteran fire control repairers have experience working with a number of devices on military weapons, such as sights, laser range finders, thermal imaging systems and telescopes. This experience, which requires high levels of precision, may give 91G veterans an advantage in a number of careers.
Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians
91G veterans have experience working with highly technical instruments. Their experience with sensors, sights, and imaging systems is a valued skill set. Security clearance, experience with procedures and documentation, and with a variety of equipment may make this a good fit.
Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians are responsible for conducting regular maintenance of aircraft and their systems. This may involve working on the plane itself or the large number of electrical and mechanical systems found in aircraft and satellites. They also perform repairs as needed. This position requires an associate's degree and certifications. It may be possible to meet some certification requirements while on active duty.
This career requires a combination of electronics and mechanical aptitude. This makes it a likely match for 91G veterans, because their active duty experience develops skills in both of these areas. 91G veterans with an interest in building electrical machines may find this an interesting career choice.
Technicians in this field work with a variety of electronics devices, including thermal sensors. They also work with mechanical devices. This career allows them to combine the two to create machines and robots that are powered by electricity, yet may have mechanical movement or operations. They are often the primary technicians for unmanned devices and robotics, as well as automation. To enter this field an associate's degree is necessary.
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
Proven ability to read diagrams and blueprints, and perform detailed work to precise specifications, may make this a suitable career choice for 91G veterans. This work requires the ability to interpret schematics and diagrams in order to test and make the appropriate repairs correctly.
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians provide support to engineers. While the engineers design and modify devices and systems, the technicians perform tests and run diagnostics on devices, as well as making repairs. This position may also require skills using thermal sensing and imagery systems. Technicians work closely with engineers, creating prototypes and conducting performance tests as products are developed or repaired. An associate's degree is necessary.
91G veterans have experience with missiles and targeting systems, a particular skill set that few outside the military can come by easily. Real-world experience working with advanced sensing and imaging technology that avionics technicians regularly handle is likely to be an advantage in this industry.
Avionics technicians are responsible for a number of systems on aircraft. They are specialists in guidance, navigation and communications systems. They inspect, maintain, and repair these systems. This is a fundamental part of aircraft maintenance. In addition their skills can be used with satellites and rocketry. Those seeking to enter this field will need an associate's degree.
Hands-on daily experience with targeting, navigational systems, and thermal sensors may be an advantage for those who seek to enter this career path. This is a sound choice for those who are mathematically adept and scientifically inclined. Aerospace engineers often push the boundaries of the exploration of space forward.
These are the engineers who design and build rockets, satellites, and missiles. Working together with other engineers, they develop and build these complex systems, often creating prototypes for testing as well. It is a field in which highly technical skills are required in order to build some of the most complex machinery ever created. Employers typically require candidates to possess a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering or a related area like aerospace systems.
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other
This career matches the duties of 91G veterans remarkably closely. Experience working with precision instruments and technical equipment is excellent job preparation. Work with optics and sensors in particular can set 91G veterans apart. They may be able too enter advantageous positions in the industry that require security clearance and knowledge of military procedures.
Those who work in the field of precision instruments will find that there are a number of specialties. There are those work in optics, with telescopes and lenses. There are also positions in camera and imaging repairs. All of these require ability to work with testing devices, to narrow and exacting specifications. In some positions, workers repair manual and automatic sights for targeting. Others might work on mechanical devices, like watches. Many even work on medical imagery systems. For most positions an associate's degree is required.