Robust Outlook for SAME's 2018 JETC Event

Heavy machinery at a worksite

As architecture, engineering, construction and environmental professionals from across the country gather this week at the 2018 Joint Engineer Training Conference produced by SAME (Society of American Military Engineers), they’ll have a chance to learn more about timely topics such as rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, strategies for disaster relief and operating in a historically tight labor market.

In addition, the national spending bill passed earlier this year added nearly $80 billion into Department of Defense funding, opening the door to vast new opportunities in military investment.

New opportunities

“With the largest budget increase in 15 years, there seems to be a new sense of excitement about growth, and a renewed focus on opportunities on military operations and federal contracting,” notes Parke Jacquay, director of strategic sales for Aerotek, a certified Military Friendly Employer.

“At the same time,” he says, “the industry is already stretched by the robust economy and historically low unemployment rate, so we have to really strategize about how to accomplish the work.” As the largest staffing supplier for the federal A/E/C segment, Aerotek has a wide range of expertise validated by specific examples of past performance, in crucial areas such as high-volume recruiting and seamless employee transitioning.

Areas of new funding

Jacquay predicts that the bulk of the new federal spending will go toward shared branches with a common mission, targeted to facilities maintenance and upkeep, infrastructure and training facilities. Cybersecurity will also be a focus.

As a long-time veteran of SAME events, Jacquay recommends that employers plan their attendance strategically.

SAME 2018 event checklist

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