I graduated from college in 2003 with a B.S. in Engineering with Civil Specialty. Upon graduation I commissioned into the USAF in an aviation capacity that required a long term commitment. That commitment will be up in a little over a year and I've started to weigh my options. I want to move on to something else as my job, although amazing, no longer challenges me and I feel that ~10yrs of service is sufficient to repay the debt I felt I owed when I commissioned.
I'm not sure I want a desk job yet, but one of my options is to utilize my degree and get into the engineering field. Upon graduation from college I took and passed the EIT but if I were to try to take the exam again at this point I would fail catastrophically. I've forgotten most of the high level math that I learned through school. I still remember all the basic science/physics principles that apply, but detailed, by hand, engineering analysis would escape me.
I graduated from a prestigious institution with a 3.29 that put me in the top 5% of the graduating class and will have 10yrs of work experience with supervisory/managerial positions included, but I honestly can't offer much to an employer in terms of applicable technical skill at the moment. The only marketable takeaway that I will have is a Top Secret - SCI security clearance but beyond functioning as a indication of character I don't know how prevalent the need for a security clearance is in the Civil Eng. field.
Would I be competitive for an entry level job with a 10yr gap in engineering related experience?
If not, what should I pursue to make myself competitive? I've considered getting a Masters via the G.I. bill to show that my knowledge has been refreshed prior to applying for work in the field. However, if I could find employment with my current status I'd prefer to do that first and make sure I'll be satisfied in the engineering field for a few years before I pursue a Masters.
Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.