Today's Military:

Construction, Building and Extraction Careers


Each year the Military completes hundreds of construction projects. Construction, Building and Extraction enlisted personnel prepare land, dig foundations and construct buildings for airfields, roads, dams and more. This work is very physically demanding and requires the use of heavy equipment and power tools to build the backbone of the Military.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Draw maps, charts and blueprints
  • Install wiring and plumbing in new and renovated structures
  • Operate heavy construction machinery
  • Raise wood framing for buildings
  • Spread asphalt and concrete
  • Build permanent and temporary structures

Helpful Attributes

Useful school subjects include mathematics, science and mechanics. Helpful attributes include:

  • Ability to read blueprints or interest in learning to do so
  • Ability to use hand tools
  • Preference for physical work
  • Interest in power tools and heavy equipment

Training Provided

Classroom instruction and hands-on training is provided for Construction, Building and Extraction enlisted personnel. Sample courses include:

  • Building Construction
  • Masonry Technique
  • Methods of Soldering and Wiring
  • Surveying and Drafting Technique
  • Fundamentals of Electricity
Construction, Building and Extraction Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

  • Building Electrician
  • Construction Equipment Operator
  • Construction Specialist - View Media
  • Plumber and Pipe Fitter
  • Surveying, Mapping and Drafting Technician

Related Civilian Jobs

  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Carpenter
  • Surveyor

Related Career Fields

Construction, Building and Extraction – Officer
Mechanic and Repair Technologists and Technicians – Enlisted
Transportation, Supply and Logistics – Enlisted

Related Resources

Ship Electrician Training
Enlisting in the Military
Boot Camp
Education Support
Skill Training

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