3M is a global science company that never stops inventing. Using 46 technology platforms, our integrated team of scientists and researchers work with customers to create breakthroughs. Our inventions have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world, including the U.S. armed forces. 3M has 70 years of experience creating soldier protection products, such as body armor, respiratory protection, hearing protection and more.
With offices in more than 70 countries, our 91,000 employees are part of a large network of the world's best minds. But our collective intellect is only part of our success. At 3M, diversity is essential to innovation. From our student interns to our plant workers and corporate leaders, we seek and value differences in people, which drive our company forward and keep us relevant. We provide the freedom to explore and encourage curiosity and creativity. We gain new insight from diverse thinking, and take risks on new ideas.
We are always looking for top talent job candidates, and we recognize that military veterans, service members and spouses have skills and experience we can't find just anywhere. Here, strategic thinking, leadership, execution and teamwork skills are in high demand � and are rewarded. We want you to join us, because we have learned from experience that military veterans make 3M a better company. Our Military Support Network provides active support and outreach to veterans and their families, including scholarships, professional development, a military speaker series and networking opportunities.
3M is a proud sponsor of Reinventing Michael Banks, an interactive movie that helps veterans, their families and employers address the challenges of transitioning from active-duty service to meaningful civilian employment. Watch the movie here.
As an information technology technician for 3M, I am responsible for installing, maintaining, securing and resolving issues associated with 3M's computer and network systems. My customers are the many 3M employees that I interact with daily. I served for four years in the Air Force on active duty, and I am currently a cyber specialist with the Air National Guard. As a cyber specialist, I also work on computer and network systems. Because of the similar roles in my military and civilian careers, the information technology skills and knowledge attained from my military training have had a direct impact on being successful at 3M within the Information Technology sector.
When I got out of active duty, I didn't know what I should be doing, and I didn't make any specific goals. All I thought about was finding a job to pay the bills. I was lost until I actually sat down and wrote down specific career goals for myself. Once I had those goals, I made a commitment to attain them, and this approach has served me well. If you make specific goals for your career and define how to accomplish them, this can lead you in the right career path and better prepare you for success.
As a manufacturing engineer at a chemical manufacturing plant, I am constantly amazed by the multitude of projects I am continually, deeply involved with. From improving the value stream for a new product to designing new equipment to produce those products to creating efficiency improvements in how we process the new product, every day is a new challenge. I have been lucky enough to work for a division and management team which allows me to independently identify projects I would like to pursue to improve the business, growing my sense of ownership of problem resolution. I work closely with operations, engineering, regulatory personnel, and controls engineers, allowing me to cross-functionally leverage the knowledge of many intelligent people with varied backgrounds and experiences. My biggest reward in this position is the realization of a successful project that increases efficiency, minimizes risks, improves operators' work quality, and/or resolves a previously difficult challenge. While I do not currently have any direct reports, 3M's cultural climate and my own management team's involvement have provided me with multiple opportunities to continue expanding my leadership role within the organization.
It can be extremely difficult for transitioning military personnel to “civilianize�? their experiences, especially when your interviewer does not fully understand your military background. Keep in mind that the military taught you ownership, leadership, responsibility, flexibility, creativity, and a multitude of other non-technical and technical skills that you must effectively communicate to the organization. As a group of diverse individuals placed together to complete focused, complex tasks, the military has prepared you to utilize these skills in various environments, whether it be a manufacturing plant, research lab, or corporate headquarters. Use stories from your military career to communicate these skills, highlighting the great successes that were due to these talents and focusing on how they are not simply applicable to a military setting. The same abilities and standards that made you successful in your military career will be the same skills and values that now make you a worthwhile asset to 3M.
Throughout my post-Navy experience, my main goal has been to find an organization that fits me, not one that would require me to alter my personal or professional demeanor. 3M offered me this through their strong ethical culture, support for my drive for continuous improvement, and genuine concern for my physical, emotional and professional well-being. When you are part of a team that you truly believe in and fully trust, your professional pride will be reflected in the outstanding quality of your work.