12B Combat Engineer

OVERVIEW
As a Combat Engineer, you'll get your team out of any tough spot. You'll supervise and assist your team as it tackles rough terrain during combat operations. You will also construct fighting positions, prime and detonate explosives, and become an expert in general engineering. 

JOB DUTIES

  • Build fighting positions, defensive positions, and floating or fixed bridges
  • Place and detonate explosives
  • Clear paths of obstacles
  • Install firing systems for demolition
  • Detect mines visually or with mine detectors

TRAINING
Job training for a Combat Engineer requires 14 weeks of One Station Unit Training, which includes Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part takes place in the field with on-the-job instructions.

One Station Unit Training: 14 weeks at Fort Leonard Wood, MO 

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Basic demolitions
  • Basic explosive hazards
  • Constructing wire obstacles
  • Fixed bridge building
  • Basic urban operations
  • Operating heavy equipment

REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
Combat (CO): 87

Learn more about the ASVAB

HELPFUL SKILLS

  • Ability to use hand and power tools
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical activities over long periods of time
  • Interest in engineering
  • Preference for working outdoors

FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in the fields of construction, building inspection and building engineering.

MOS Code: 
12B

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Provides engineering support to troops. Builds fighting positions, defensive positions, and floating or fixed bridges.
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COMBAT ENGINEER
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12B COMBAT ENGINEER Build fighting positions, defensive positions, and floating or fixed bridges, place and detonate explosives, clear paths of obstacles, install firing systems for demolition, detect mines
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As a combat engineer, you'll get your team out of any tough spot. You'll supervise and assist your team as it tackles rough terrain during combat operations. You will also construct fighting positions, prime and detonate explosives, and become an expert in general engineering.