Careers & Jobs
Being An Army Engineer Officer

Engineer Officer (12A)

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


An engineer officer is responsible for providing full support to the wide range of engineering duties in the Army. They can help build structures, develop civil works programs and even provide combat support.

Job Duties

  • Sapper — Emplace demolitions, conduct reconnaissance and support maneuver units with mobility, countermobility and survivability
  • Bradley — Destroy, neutralize and suppress the enemy using the Bradley Fighting Vehicle
  • Construction — Construct roads, buildings, military bases, airfields, etc.
  • Bridge — Construct, emplace or assemble numerous bridges
  • Rescue — Perform search and rescue operations
  • Training — Train the force, write new policy and research alternative engineering technology


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.


Job training for an engineer officer begins with an undergraduate degree and the Basic Officer Leadership Course. Other opportunities may include taking courses at graduate schools and other military institutions.

Helpful Skills

  • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities


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 as an engineer in the civilian sector. In fact, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers comprises of 30,000 civilian and 750 military engineers, making it one of the premier design and construction agencies in the world.


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

  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Time Customer Service, Inc.
  • Walgreen Co.


Hi, I’m Lieutenant Colonel Brian Slack and I’m an Engineer Officer. I’ve been in the Army for a little over 20 years and one of the things that I enjoy about being an Army engineer is how we are able to take and fuse people and technologies together to solve complex problems for the maneuver commander. Recently, while deployed to Iraq, I had the pleasure of leading an organization that conducted route clearance and we employed robots in advance of maneuver formations to be able to go and check potential hotspots or suspected areas… traction and things along the road that potential could have been an explosive device. And it is an amazing job where we can take the technology and put people with that and solve commander’s problems. And I think that’s why Army engineers are invaluable to our maneuver force. Thanks.