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Skilled Trades

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Skilled Trades Careers

The FBI relies on highly-skilled individuals with a broad range of specialized and tailored backgrounds in industrial and construction trades to help meet our complex mission needs.

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Overview

The hands-on assistance of skilled trades professionals is vital to the FBI. They possess varied expertise in automotive, machine, and electrical repair, carpentry, locks, and more.

Examples of Skilled Trades Roles

  • Locksmiths adjust, repair, and install a wide variety of commercially manufactured locking devices and security units such as safes, vaults, cabinets, and chests.

  • Electricians inspect electrical components including transformers and circuit breakers. They use testing devices to identify and report electrical problems.

  • Electronics technicians design and maintain complex electronic systems and interrelated subsystems.

  • Automotive equipment specialists (PDF) perform routine and emergency services on all FBI vehicles, including emergency response vehicles, tactical vehicles, and police pursuit units.

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Qualifications and Eligibility

Minimum Qualifications

For most skilled trades positions, you must have:

  • A high school diploma or GED equivalent. Advancement may require certifications in field or trade

Automotive and repair workers should have:

  • Experience in automotive repair and maintenance, military vehicle repair and maintenance, emergency vehicle repair and maintenance, and diesel repair and maintenance

Note: Qualifications and requirements may vary. For a complete list, please reference a specific job listing.

Apprenticeship Program

As an FBI electrician or maintenance mechanic, you may have the opportunity to attend a local trade school to become a master of your trade after four years. You may be eligible to be promoted after each year of schooling.

Eligibility

In addition to job-specific qualifications, you must meet all FBI eligibility requirements.

Eligibility

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Hiring Process

The hiring process consists of multiple phases. The first step is to visit our application portal and create a profile.

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For more information and to see the process in detail, visit the hiring process section on our Eligibility and Hiring page.

Hiring Process

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Professionals with skilled trades experience may be qualified for our facility operations specialist position. Visit the Acquisitions and Logistics page to learn more.

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