Jump-Start a Career as a Utility Technician

April 17, 2017

Do you feel most comfortable in a pair of coveralls with a wrench in one hand and ratchet in the other? You might want to pursue a career as a mechanic. These professionals are in high demand and you can start the process as a Utility Technician. This stepping stone will prepare you to become a mechanic apprentice for a truck repair company through on-the-job and pre-apprenticeship training. This is a great career opportunity for veterans interested in learning a skilled trade that is in high demand. After 90 days, you will be eligible for the Mechanic Apprenticeship Program.


  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to pass drug screen
  • Veteran status
  • Valid documents: DD-214, California ID or driver’s license, and Social Security card
  • Mechanical aptitude and willingness to learn–no previous experience necessary


  • Competitive salary, with increasing wage as skills increase
  • Tools provided by the employer
  • BART accessible
  • Benefits, pension, and 401k provided

To begin the application, send a cover letter and resume along with military branch served, years served, and discharge status to employment-event@stp-sf.org. Please include your military occupational specialty (MOS) in the subject line.Veterans with any type of discharge other than dishonorable are encouraged to apply.

Final day to apply is May 5, 2017.

We’ve helped hundreds of veterans find new jobs and start their careers. Start your next career track today!

Since 1974, Swords to Plowshares has helped veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area secure employment after their military service. Veterans work one-on-one with our Employment & Training Program staff to address their individual needs, overcome obstacles to employment, and determine a long-term career plan. We provide job placement assistance and vocational training programs to help veterans translate their skills and train for new careers in high-growth, high-wage careers in the civilian sector.