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3 Reasons to Hire Navy Nuclear Talent for Renewable Energy Jobs

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It’s cramped, it’s high-stress, and it’s an endless series of 8-hour shifts – a world where there’s no difference between night and day. Welcome to life on a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine, an exclusive training ground for our nation’s brightest and highest-performing nuclear engineers and electricians. Navy nuclear submariners, and their counterparts on Navy nuclear aircraft carriers, form an elite talent pool poised to fill the growing number of available sustainable energy jobs.

If moving from nuclear to sustainable energy sounds like quite the leap, I understand your reservations. On the surface, it may not be immediately apparent how a Navy nuclear technician or officer could make an outstanding hire for a wind farm, solar company or natural gas plant. In a competitive, candidate-driven market, however, overlooking this military talent pool in favor of civilian hires is a huge mistake.

Recently, I’ve placed many strong Navy nuclear candidates into roles with renewable energy companies. A 30-year sub nuke commander is now an Omaha Thermal Plant Manager. A 22-year nuke officer is the new Regional Safety Supervisor at wind generation farms in Texas. A 10-year nuke reactor operator is now Operations Supervisor for a thermal plan in Milwaukee. Their performance results have all been outstanding.

Ready for your own success story? Here’s why you should consider Navy nuclear talent as your next hire:

  1. Electricity is second nature. On a nuclear sub, there’s no room for error. These veterans are not just familiar with the fundamentals of electricity, power distribution, and high voltage, but they’ve truly mastered them. These technical skills are immediately transferrable to roles as technicians, supervisors, operation directors, and plant managers. Thanks to their strong technical foundation, these candidates have the capacity to learn quickly on the job. They’re analytical and strong critical thinkers– exactly the type of innate talent needed to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment.
  2. Leadership is in their blood. The military teaches that to be a good leader, you must first be a good follower. Navy nuclear talent knows when to give orders and when to take them. They have an innate ability to be assigned a task and execute seamlessly with minimal or no guidance. As strong critical thinkers, they’re also excellent troubleshooters. They don’t need someone to continually “check in” on a situation – they’ve got it. They clearly define goals and then apply the highest degree of discipline and focus to achieving them.
  3. Ready for anything. Navy nuclear officers and technicians work in a highly team-oriented and hierarchical environment. That’s because a submariner’s life – and the lives of everyone on board – can quite literally be dependent on a single right or wrong decision. These are leaders who can keep a nuclear reactor, intricate machinery and complex electronics online while out to sea. No matter how stressful or high pressure a situation at your energy company may appear, these leaders will keep their cool, ready to handle anything that comes their way.


In today’s tight talent market, these hires bring a winning combination of strong technical skills, leadership and intelligence that most companies can only dream about finding. Don’t overlook this valuable talent pool in your next candidate search.

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