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CONSTRUCT THE FUTURE

Engineers shape the world. The Guard employs experienced engineers—and trains new ones—with the skills that uphold civilization. These Soldiers bridge the impossible, restore damaged communities and master challenges far beyond the scope of traditional civil engineers.


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  • 12B Combat Engineer

    OVERVIEW

    Get your team out of any tough spot. Supervise and assist your team as it tackles rough terrain during combat operations. You will also construct fighting positions, prime and detonate explosives, and become an expert in general engineering.

    JOB DUTIES

    •    Build fighting positions, defensive positions, and floating or fixed bridges
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    Place and detonate explosives
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    Clear paths of obstacles
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       Install firing systems for demolition
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    Detect mines visually or with mine detectors


    TRAINING

    Fourteen weeks of One Station Unit Training, which includes Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions.

    One Station Unit Training: 14 weeks at Fort Leonard Wood, MO 

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Basic demolitions
    • Basic explosive hazards
    • Constructing wire obstacles
    • Fixed-bridge building
    • Basic urban operations
    • Operating heavy equipment


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    Combat (CO): 87

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to use hand and power tools
    • Perform strenuous physical activities over long periods of time
    • Interest in engineering
    • Enjoy working outdoors


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in the fields of construction, building inspection or building engineering.

  • 12C Bridge Crewmember

    OVERVIEW
    Bridge crewmembers provide bridge and rafting support for dry and wet gap crossing operations when a squad, section or platoon tackles rough terrain in combat situations.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Operate bridge truck and light vehicles
    • Perform duties as a deckhand on the bridge erection boat
    • Assist in the preparation of bridge sites, rafts and bridge operations
    • Installation of kedge anchorage systems, wire obstacle material, overhead anchorage systems and demolition firing systems
    • Launch and retrieve ribbon bridge bays
    • Assembly and maintenance of military fixed and float bridges


    TRAINING

    Fourteen weeks of One Station Unit Training, which includes Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions.



    Advanced Individual Training: 14 weeks at Fort Leonard Wood, MO

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Basic construction methods and engineering principles
    • Bridge building
    • Road maintenance and repair
    • Rough carpentry and rigging
    • Use of hand and power tools


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    Combat (CO): 87

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to use hand and power tools
    • Perform strenuous physical activities over long periods of time
    • Interest in construction and engineering
    • Enjoy working outdoors


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for practically any position in the field of construction.

  • 12G Quarrying Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    Quarrying specialists help construct airfields, roads, dams and buildings by moving tons of earth and materials with heavy types of machinery. They operate powered machines that are used in cleaning, crushing, drilling, grading and detonating rock at construction sites. 


    JOB DUTIES

    • Operate air compressors, pneumatic tools, hydraulic-powered rock drills, rock crushers, screening equipment
    • Run the support equipment during crushing and screening (e.g., generators, conveyors, light sets and pumps)


    TRAINING

    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and five weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field with on-the-job instructions.

    Advanced Individual Training: 5 weeks at Fort Leonard Wood, MO

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Operation of different types of equipment
    • Maintenance and repair of equipment
    • General construction principles and information


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    General Maintenance (GM): 93

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in operating quarry construction equipment
    • Preference for working outdoors
    • Interest in explosives and blasting techniques


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with building contractors, state highway agencies, rock quarries, well drillers and construction firms.

  • 12K Plumber

    OVERVIEW
    Army plumbers and pipe fitters are responsible for installing and repairing plumbing and pipe systems.


    JOB DUTIES

    • Maintain heating systems, basic water supply and water distribution systems
    • Pipe systems for wastewater
    • Basic plumbing repair and maintenance
    • Maintenance for plumbing fixtures, pipes, stacks, brackets, traps, vents and insulation
    • Construction plans and drawings


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions, including practice with carpentry and masonry tools.

    Advanced Individual Training: 7 weeks at Sheppard Air Force Base, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn:

    • Installation and repair of pipe systems, plumbing fixtures, boiler controls, water purification and distillation systems
    • Maintenance and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic systems


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    General Maintenance (GM): 88


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in math and shop mechanics
    • Preference for physical work
    • Ability to work with detailed plans


    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    120 Utilities Operations and Maintenance Technician


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in a mechanical or plumbing contracting company.

  • 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer

    OVERVIEW
    Horizontal construction engineers use bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy equipment to move tons of earth and material to complete construction projects for the Army. They are also responsible for operating tractors with dozer attachments, scoop loaders, backhoe loaders, hydraulic excavators, motorized graders and scrapers.


    JOB DUTIES

    • Analyze information on grade stakes and their placement
    • Drive bulldozers, road graders and other heavy equipment to level earth
    • Clear, grub, strip, excavate, backfill, stockpile and push scraper with tractor crawler
    • Cut and spread fill material with scraper
    • Transport heavy construction equipment with tractor-trailer
    • Assist in performance of combat engineer missions


    TRAINING

    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and nine weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions.


    Advanced Individual Training: 12 weeks at Fort Leonard Wood, MO

    Some of the skills you’ll learn:

    • Operation of different types of construction and rough-terrain equipment
    • Maintenance and repair of equipment
    • Identification of soil types and placement of grade stakes


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    General Maintenance (GM): 90


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in operating heavy construction equipment
    • Preference for working outdoors
    • Interest in working with your hands


    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    120A Utilities Operations and Maintenance Technician


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with building contractors, state highway agencies, rock quarries, well drillers and construction firms.

  • 12R Interior Electrician

    OVERVIEW
    The interior electrician is primarily responsible for the installation and maintenance of all of the Army’s interior electrical systems.


    JOB DUTIES

    • Install transformers, junction boxes, circuit breakers, service panels, switches, electrical boxes and lightning rods
    • Read blueprints, wire plans and repair orders to determine layouts/repair
    • Test equipment for the operational conduction of circuits
    • Inspect power distribution systems, shorts in wires and faulty equipment
    • Repair and replace faulty wiring and lighting fixtures


    TRAINING

    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instruction, including instruction for installation and repair.


    Advanced Individual Training: 6 weeks, 3 days at Fort Leonard Wood, MO


    Some of the skills you’ll learn:

    • Fundamentals of electricity
    • Electrical circuit troubleshooting
    • Safety procedures
    • Techniques for wiring switches, outlets and junction boxes


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORES(S)

    Electronics (EL): 93


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • An interest in electricity, science and math
    • Ability to use hand tools
    • Preference for doing physical work


    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    120A Utilities Operations and Maintenance Technician


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with an electrical contracting company.

  • 12W Carpentry and Masonry Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    A carpentry and masonry specialist is responsible for general heavy carpentry and masonry duties.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Construct and maintain rigging devices, trusses and other structural assemblies
    • Assist in building layout, framing, sheathing, fabrication and roofing structures
    • Perform basic carpentry and masonry skills
    • Assist in the performance of combat engineer missions
    • Construct concrete form work for slabs, walls and columns


    TRAINING

    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field with on-the-job instructions.

    Advanced Individual Training: 7 weeks at Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, MS

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Basics in concrete technology, materials, proportioning and control tests
    • Proper use of finishing tools
    • Placing, consolidation and finishing
    • Edging, jointing, curing and protection
    • Basics in structure foaming, roofing and flooring


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    General Maintenance (GM): 88

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Enjoy doing physical work
    • Interest in science and math
    • Preference for working outdoors
    • Interest in working with your hands


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in commercial and residential construction.

  • 18C Special Forces Engineer Sergeant

    OVERVIEW
    The Special Forces engineer sergeant is an expert builder. You will use your construction know-how to create buildings and field fortifications. The Special Forces engineer sergeant is also skilled in all areas of demolition, including land mine warfare and improvised munitions.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Perform and teach tasks in demolitions, explosives, field fortification, bridging, rigging, reconnaissance and civil action projects
    • Read maps, overlays, photos, charts and blueprints
    • Carry out demolition raids against enemy targets, such as bridges, railroads, fuel depots and critical components of infrastructure
    • Employ warfare tactics and techniques in infantry operations


    REQUIREMENTS
    Being a Special Forces engineer sergeant is very physically demanding. Good eyesight and physical conditioning are required to reach mission objectives via air, land or water. You will also be required to have excellent hand-eye coordination for detonating or deactivating explosives. All Special Forces engineer sergeants are required to be qualified parachutists. Most are also qualified Military Free Fall (HALO) parachutists and combat divers. 

    To serve in the Guard, you must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). It’s a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identifies which Army job is best for you. 

    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Minimum 50 on the ASVAB with an absolute minimum General Technical (GT) line score of 110 or higher.

    TRAINING
    To become a Special Forces engineer sergeant, you’ll attend 62 weeks of formal classroom training and practice exercises. Plus, Special Forces engineer sergeants are trained paratroopers and survival experts, as well as being trained in many forms of combat due to the wide variety of their missions.

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Physical conditioning and parachuting
    • Using carpentry and construction tools and equipment
    • Handling and using conventional explosives and improvised explosives
    • Bomb and mine disposal


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to work as a team member
    • Readiness to accept any challenge
    • Ability to stay in top physical condition
    • Interest in construction and demolitions
    • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
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