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Become A 12B Combat Engineer

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Working As A 12B Combat Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $81,113

    Average Salary

Example Of What A 12B Combat Engineer does

  • Provide engineer support to an infantry platoon or squad size element.
  • Recognize booby traps, friendly and threat mines and firing devices.
  • Trained in the use of weapons and explosives.
  • Completed multiple fire prevention safety training maintained rifles, machine guns, mortars and hand grenades.
  • Operate various light or heavy engineer wheeled vehicles.
  • Tackle rough terrain in combat situations.
  • Functioned as a supervisor whose task is to handle training measures and programs for mobility, survivability and general engineering task.
  • Supervised construction duties, Hoist & Winch operator, Drafter and Rigger operator.
  • Received honorable discharge from Fort Knox, Kentucky.
  • Located and disabled improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
  • Sorted and routed incoming correspondence and messages.
  • Obtained secret clearance, Good Conduct Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.
  • Perform basic demolition, mine warfare and combat construction operations.
  • Conducted Route Clearance Operations in RC East Afghanistan.
  • Licensed to operate all MOS related vehicles and equipment.
  • Selected for special missions due to marksmanship ability with M2.
  • Operated Heavy Equipment as Military Occupation Specialty (forklift-10,000lbs, etc.)
  • Licensed Forklift, handled supply issues, inventory equipment and sensitive items, vehicle maintenance, leadership duties, etc.

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How To Become A 12B Combat Engineer

Aerospace engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or another field of engineering or science related to aerospace systems. Aerospace engineers who work on projects that are related to national defense may need a security clearance. U.S. citizenship may be required for certain types and levels of clearances.

Education

Entry-level aerospace engineers usually need a bachelor’s degree. High school students interested in studying aerospace engineering should take courses in chemistry, physics, and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

Bachelor’s degree programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies in subjects such as general engineering principles, propulsion, stability and control, structures, mechanics, and aerodynamics, which is the study of how air interacts with moving objects.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in partnership with regional businesses, which give students practical experience while they complete their education. Cooperative programs and internships enable students to gain valuable experience and to finance part of their education.

At some universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree upon completion. A graduate degree will allow an engineer to work as an instructor at a university or to do research and development. Programs in aerospace engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Aerospace engineers must be able to identify design elements that may not meet requirements and then must formulate alternatives to improve the performance of those elements.

Business skills. Much of the work done by aerospace engineers involves meeting federal government standards. Meeting these standards often requires knowledge of standard business practices, as well as knowledge of commercial law.

Critical-thinking skills. Aerospace engineers must be able to translate a set of issues into requirements and to figure out why a particular design does not work. They must be able to ask the right question, then find an acceptable answer.

Math skills. Aerospace engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. Aerospace engineers use their education and experience to upgrade designs and troubleshoot problems when meeting new demands for aircraft, such as increased fuel efficiency or improved safety.

Writing skills. Aerospace engineers must be able both to write papers that explain their designs clearly and to create documentation for future reference.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an aerospace engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires:

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Advancement

Eventually, aerospace engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Some may even become engineering managers or move into executive positions, such as program managers.

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Top Skills for A 12B Combat Engineer

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Top 12B Combat Engineer Skills

  1. Route Clearance Operations
  2. Weapons
  3. Mine Detection Dog
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted Route Clearance Operations in RC East Afghanistan.
  • Soldier Weapons Certificate for M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations.
  • Supervised 42 soldiers in Basic and Advanced Individual Training as the Platoon Guide.
  • Possess extensive knowledge in heavy equipment vehicle operations and tactical robot operations.
  • Supervised maintenance and usage of military equipment.

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