Engineering and electronics giant Siemens is partnering with Still Serving Veterans to offer computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD, CAM & CAE) training to U.S. veterans.

Vets who have previously worked in drafting or engineering can apply to the Siemens PLM USA Veterans Initiative Program.  The V.I.P. program is offered at twenty-two U.S. locations and is designed to help with the transition from active service to civilian employment.

Once approved, each vet will receive up to $17,000 worth of scholarship funding and they will be allowed to choose which training classes they would like to take.

Siemens is offering ten different courses for vets to choose from, all with a focus on their Teamcenter and NX (CAD/CAM/CAE) technology.  The classes last between two and five days each, and participants will learn everything about the software programs, from installation to advanced design.

This outreach comes at a time when approximately 7.1% of all veterans are unemployed and there are only a handful of companies offering this type of free extended training.

According to Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO of Siemens PLM software, "Siemens wants to do its part in showing our gratitude as we welcome our veterans home and for many, what they need most, is a job that allows them to re-acclimate to civilian life and support their families.  We think this program will help."

Over the last two years, Siemens has employed over 1,000 veterans and has plans to hire more in the future.  They are very careful to say that participating in this scholarship program does not guarantee employment with them or anyone else.  However, they invite anyone who successfully completes the courses to put in an application with them.

Even without a concrete job offer from Siemens, participants will still have plenty of employment opportunities.  They can put in an application with one of Siemen's 70,000 customers who also use their CAD/CAM technology.  All that combined military experience plus the extended civilian training is going to look great on a resume.

If you're interested in applying for the program, you can view the details here.