The job description of a combat engineer involves tracking through dangerous and extremely rough terrain to accomplish building projects for the military. The engineer’s job calls for the use of both combat and building skills.
A combat engineer handles building engineering, building construction and building inspection in combat situations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Combat Engineer
- Constructs fighting positions for soldiers.
- Builds both fixed and floating bridges.
- Builds bunkers and airfields.
- Places and detonates explosives in strategic locations.
- Constructs obstacles to thwart enemy combatants.
- Clears obstacles constructed by the enemy.
- Facilitates the army’s advance.
- Uses mind detectors to locate mines and direct soldiers around them.
- Builds defensive positions for military camps.
- Conducts river-crossing operations with groups of soldiers.
- Executes demolition of specific targets.
- Installs entire firing systems for explosives and demolition.
- Detects mines and prepares route clearance operations for companies of soldiers.
- Constructs complex wire obstacles to stop the advancement of enemy combatants.
- Operates heavy equipment and uses power tools.
- Directs certain operations or assists the director.
- Controls fire team movements through the terrain.
- Places explosives in strategic locations to stop enemy combatants.
- Clears misfires in a safe manner.
- Constructs counter explosive hazards to protect soldiers.
- Repairs structures that are damaged or destroyed by enemy combatants or inclement weather.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must be in superior physical condition.
- Must have normal color vision.
- Must be mechanically inclined.
- Must have excellent analytical skills.
- Must have strong problem solving and decision making skills and be able to exercise sound judgment.
- Must have basic construction skills and be proficient with the use of hand and power tools.
- Must be able to follow directions exactly and perform job duties under extreme stress and pressure.
- Must have exceptional survival skills.
- Must have superior levels of endurance and stamina.
- Must have an aptitude for engineering.
- Must possess a high level of personal discipline.
- Must have excellent communication skills.
- Must have unwavering leadership skills when placed in charge of an operation.
Education and Experience
- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test series prior to being placed in the Marine Corps Engineer School.
- Must make a score of 95 or higher on the Army’s Mechanical Maintenance or MM test.
- Basic Combat Engineer Course at the Marine Corps Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
- Advanced individual training that focuses on specific types of operations.
- Must pass challenging physical fitness tests as well as the test that follows the Basic Combat Engineer Course.
- Engineer Operations Chief Course and testing.
- Pass a criminal background check and drug test.
- Experience working in construction or engineering fields.
- Must be able to work outside in harsh weather conditions and in hazardous situations.
- Must be able to remain calm and work efficiently in extremely stressful situations.
- Must be able to cope with being in life threatening situations most of the time.
- Must be able to walk long distances over rough terrain wearing heavy clothing and carrying bulky equipment.
- Salaries range from entry level at around $35,000 to advanced career engineers who earn $105,000 on the high end.