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Before any Army construction project can begin -- whether it’s breaking ground on a new hospital or office building, grading a road or airstrip, or installing water or fuel lines, land must first be surveyed, soil tested, and detailed plans drawn up. To provide critical data to the Construction Site Supervisor and provide the necessary technical support for both horizontal and vertical construction projects, the Army depends upon the specialized skills of the Technical Engineer.

Soldiers in this MOS are responsible for:  Performing field and laboratory tests on construction materials, surveys, and drafts; Drawing topographic maps and charts using Computer Aided Drafting systems and software; Conducting geodetic and construction surveys and analyzing the results with Automated Integrated Survey Instruments and GPS technology; Drawing diagrams for structural wiring and plumbing; And building scale models of land areas with hills, lakes, roads, and buildings. Candidates for this MOS should have computer skills; an interest in maps and charts; an aptitude for algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; and the ability to convert abstract ideas into drawings.

After successful completion of Basic Combat Training, you will attend 17 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri... Where you will learn: surveying and drafting techniques, Aerial photo interpretation, Architectural and structural drawing, And to perform quality control inspections to check your work for accuracy. After successful completion of training, you will work supporting Army construction projects in the field, and around the world.

The technical, teamwork, and problem solving skills gained by serving in this MOS can help you transition to a civilian career. Providing key technical support for Army Construction Projects... Military Occupational Specialty: Technical Engineer.

Technical Engineer (12T)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


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


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 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.


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

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

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.


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 experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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