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Civil Engineer Corps

Civil Engineering Job Description

Billions of dollars a year are spent on construction projects that support the Navy’s high-tech Fleet of ships, aircraft, equipment and personnel – and at the center of these investments are a talented group of engineers who help to ensure the success of each initiative.

If you have a degree in civil, mechanical or electrical engineering or architecture, or are looking to earn one, you can achieve your goals as an Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps. Here, you can receive unrivaled hands-on experience and advanced training in civil engineering areas such as architectural, construction, environmental, water resource, geotechnical, hydraulic, land surveying, structural, transportation and community planning. And quickly find yourself in charge of vital Navy projects – overseeing construction, managing workers, arranging budgets and schedules, and approving completed work.

Specific Job Responsibilities

As part of the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, you can focus your work on any or all of the following areas:

Contract Management – Be the primary contact between Navy and civilian contractors, managing contracts worth up to hundreds of millions of dollars. And handling every aspect of a project, from overseeing construction to resolving design problems to ensuring that payments are correctly processed.

Public Works – Assume responsibility for any of the hundreds of Navy shore facilities – some as large as entire cities. Supervising and maintaining utilities. Overseeing construction and repair. Managing budgets. Approving public works plans. And providing services to ships as they come into port.

Construction Battalions – Command up to 600 Enlisted workers (Seabees) in the construction of airfields, bridges, ports or buildings. All in support of both humanitarian outreach and military deployment.

Work Environment

As a Navy Civil Engineer, you may work at Navy bases or ports of call around the globe. You may be deployed to help develop or rebuild areas affected by natural disasters. Whether at an indoor or outdoor setting, in a shop environment or in office surroundings, you’ll routinely team with the best engineers and construction professionals in the business.

Training & Advancement

After graduation you will attend Civil Engineer Corps Officer School – where you’ll receive specialized training needed for Navy projects, including management, administration, contract management, public works, and specialized military roles such as Construction Battalions.

Once your initial training has been completed, there are opportunities to further develop and enhance your skills through Navy postgraduate work that includes advanced engineering training, financial management, and courses offered by the Civil Engineer Corps School and Naval Facilities Contract Training Center.

Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014