Service men and women have considerable technical and leadership experience and they are very trainable – qualities that are greatly valued in the engineering and construction industry and are the foundation for developing high-performing employees.
Understanding the value veterans could bring to the firm, Kleinfelder has established a high-quality military candidate pipeline to fill open positions faster; particularly positions in construction management, materials testing, and inspection; as many military personnel have experience building or repairing airfields, bridges, and other structures. Working through the Department of Defense (DoD), Kleinfelder became a SkillBridge industry partner, gaining early access to service members through internships during their last 180 days of active duty.
“The general public views veterans as heroes, but they’re more than just heroes; they’re a skilled and talented workforce that is prepared to make significant contributions in the civilian world given the opportunity,” said Laura Hartman, Senior Human Resources Manager and SkillBridge Liaison at Kleinfelder.
If you are in the military and interested in an internship with Kleinfelder, please contact Laura Hartman.
“I have learned an entirely new field (construction materials testing and inspection) I never thought I would find myself in. My internship is setting me up for future success once my active service has been fulfilled. Kleinfelder is really helping me transition into the workforce, and see firsthand how things outside the military work,” explained Marc, a Navy Aviation Boatswains Mate.
“Working for Kleinfelder has allowed me to gain knowledge of the environmental consulting world and a taste of how the business works. I have had the chance to work on projects in the field and the opportunity to see a project from the proposal through completing the final project report,” explained Steve, an Officer in the Navy.
Christina, a Program Manager in the Navy, who is currently assisting on Kleinfelder projects, pointed out that she’s “learned a great deal of skills that will help tremendously with the transition into the civilian workforce, such as invoicing, labor laws, project cost proposals, and projections.”