The Transition from AME in the US Navy to Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Skills for Success

As an Aviation Structural Mechanic - Equipment (AME) in the US Navy, I was fortunate to receive a comprehensive education and training in the field of aircraft maintenance. From the early days of basic training to the advanced skills training that I received, I developed a strong foundation in my field and a deep appreciation for the importance of discipline, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence.

In addition to the technical skills I learned, I also gained valuable experience in leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving that I have been able to apply in my entrepreneurial endeavors. Whether it's working on complex projects with my team or navigating the challenges of running my own business, these skills have served me well as I strive for success in my new career path.

So what exactly did I learn during my time as an AME in the US Navy, and how have I been able to apply these skills to my entrepreneurial pursuits? Let's take a closer look.

  1. Technical Expertise: As an AME, I was responsible for the maintenance and repair of aircraft systems, including engines, electrical systems, and structural components. I honed my skills in diagnosing and fixing problems, as well as performing routine inspections and maintenance procedures. These skills have been invaluable in my business as I work with clients to diagnose and repair complex machinery and systems.

  2. Attention to Detail: One of the most important aspects of my job was paying close attention to the details of each task, from the correct sequence of steps to follow to the correct torque specifications for bolts. This discipline has translated well to my business, where I must be diligent in my record-keeping, reporting, and planning processes.

  3. Leadership: I was often called upon to lead teams of mechanics on complex projects, where I had to use my communication skills, technical expertise, and problem-solving abilities to ensure that everyone was on the same page and working effectively together. These skills have served me well as I have taken on leadership roles in my business, guiding my team and delegating tasks as needed.

  4. Time Management: In the Navy, I was required to manage my time effectively and efficiently, ensuring that I was always on task and meeting deadlines. This has been critical in my business as well, where I must be able to manage my schedule and workload effectively in order to meet the needs of my clients and stay on top of my responsibilities.

  5. Adaptability: Finally, I learned to be adaptable and flexible in my role as an AME. Whether it was adapting to new technologies or changing priorities, I was always able to remain calm and focused, and adjust my approach as needed. This skill has been critical in my business as I have had to adapt to changing market conditions, shifting customer needs, and new challenges.

In conclusion, my experience as an AME in the US Navy has given me a strong foundation in my field, as well as the skills and experiences needed to succeed as an entrepreneur. If you are a veteran looking to transition into the world of entrepreneurship, I encourage you to sign up with Veterans First Watch, a community of veterans and entrepreneurs who are committed to helping each other succeed in their new careers. With the support of this community, I am confident that you too can take your skills and experiences from the military and use them to build a successful and fulfilling business.