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Pioneers of engineering in the National Guard improve the safety and protection of civilians across the nation. They receive training far beyond the scope of traditional civil engineers and become experts in mobility and countermobility operations.


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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.

  • 12N Construction Equipment Operator

    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.

  • 12T Technical Engineering Specialist

    OVERVIEW

    Write the plan for success. Provide the blueprints, diagrams and schematics for anything that needs to be built. Survey land with state-of-the-art equipment and software to make your ideas a reality. Also, you will ensure the safety and quality of everything being built, taking samples of building materials and testing them in the lab.


    JOB DUTIES

    •    Perform field and laboratory tests on construction materials
    •    Draw topographic maps using computer-aided drafting software
    •    Conduct geodetic and construction surveys and results utilizing Automated Integrated Survey Instruments and GPS technology
    •    Draw blueprints for wiring and plumbing of buildings
    •    Provide technical support for vertical and horizontal construction projects
    •    Build scale models of areas


    TRAINING

    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 14 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: 14 weeks at Fort Leonard Wood, MO


    Some of the skills you’ll learn:

    • Surveying and drafting techniques
    • Aerial photo interpretation
    • Architectural and structural drawing


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    Skilled Technical (ST): 101


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to convert ideas into drawings
    • Interest in maps and charts
    • Working with computer-aided drafting technology
    • Interest in algebra, geometry and trigonometry


    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    120A Utilities Operations and Maintenance Technician


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with construction, engineering and architectural firms.

  • 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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