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Army Technical Engineer

Technical Engineer (12T)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

The technical engineer supervises or participates in construction site development in areas such as technical investigation, surveys, drafts and construction plans/specifications. They conduct land surveys, make maps and prepare detailed plans for construction projects.

Job Duties

  • Perform field and laboratory tests on construction materials, surveys and drafts
  • Draw topographic maps and charts using Computer Aided Drafting systems and software
  • Conduct geodetic and construction surveys and results utilizing Automated Integrated Survey Instruments and Global Positioning Survey Technology
  • Draw diagrams for wiring and plumbing of structures
  • Provide technical support for vertical and horizontal construction projects
  • Build scale models of land areas that show hills, lakes, roads and buildings

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

Job training for technical engineer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 17 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

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

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

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST) : 101

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

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

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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