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Civil Engineers

Architecture & Construction

Work Environment

Civil engineers work in offices when designing projects or reviewing reports. They work in the field when conducting needs assessments, or overseeing surveys and construction activities.

  • Military Status

    Officer, Enlisted

  • Average Military Salary



Civil engineers oversee the repair, maintenance, and operation of heavy equipment. They execute construction, operation, and repair of structures and facilities. Responsibilities of a civil engineer also include clearing and emplacing obstacles such as minefields. There are a variety of civil engineering disciplines, all of which play a rewarding role in military operations.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here.

Civil engineers typically have a college degree in engineering. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. In addition, civil engineers receive specialized training, both on-the-job and in the classroom, to oversee military engineering projects. Job-specific training content may include:

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in engineering principles and concepts
  • Interest in working with mathematical formulas

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