Here are a few civilian jobs after serving in the military as a combat engineer. These jobs include salary information and possible education paths.
Combat Engineer: Background
United States first formed a military engineering capability in 1775, when the Continental Congress established an Army with a Chief Engineer and two assistants. Then, in 1802, the Corps of Engineers was organized by the President.
In the Army, Combat Engineers are a part of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and fall under the MOS of 12B. In the Marine Corps, they fall under the 1371 MOS for combat engineer. In the Air Force, you can find engineers under civil engineering as well in a combat engineer role in the Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer units known as “Red Horse.” The Navy has a civil engineer corps and Seabees, which form the Naval Construction Force (NCF) of the United States Navy.
Combat engineers learn many skills during their time in the military such as:
- constructing fighting positions
- fixing or floating bridges
- figuring out obstacles and defensive positions
- placing and detonating explosives
- conducting operations that include route clearance of obstacles and rivers
- preparing and installing firing systems for demolition and explosives
- detecting mines
- basic urban operations
- learning how to operate heavy equipment
- ability to use hand and power tools
- being able to perform strenuous physical activities over long periods of time
- being interested in engineering
- possibly enjoying working outdoors
All of these can help with future careers in the civilian world.
Civilian Jobs for Combat Engineers
Here are a few civilian jobs after serving in the military as a combat engineer:
A electrician will work on properly wiring the electricity in homes, businesses, and factories. They can work indoors, outdoors, or both. There are many levels to being an electrician including being a residential wireman, a journeyman electrician, and a master electrician. A combat engineer’s experience such as with wiring explosives can help in this position.
As far as education goes, you would need to have a high school degree, and taking some pre-apprenticeship classes or a program at a vocational or trade school would be a good idea. This can help you get set up for your apprenticeship. You may have to pass an exam to start your apprenticeship, or register to do so depending on your state.
Apprenticeships can last a few years, and will allow you to learn the trade and get prepared for going out on your own as an electrician. After you complete your apprenticeship, you will need to get your license in your state if you state requires that, or in your city or county if they require that.
According to Salary.com, the average salary of an Electron would be from $47,811 to $60, 951 as of January 31st, 2019.
Going into construction can also be a good post combat engineer career choice. Using the skills you have learned during your time in the military, such as having balance and depth-perception, and eye and hand coordination will be important in this job. Having experience with being up high off the ground can also be a great skill to bring to this type of career.
There are many different places you can work in construction, from residential, to commercial to industrial, to heavy civil which can include bridges and road work. There are also options when it comes to starting out in this career.
You can register as an apprentice and learn on-the-job training as well as in-class training. You can take classes at a transitional or technical/vocational college. You can take a shorter program, sometimes just a few weeks, in order to get a certificate to use in finding employment. You can also look for an entry-level job to get started right away, learning while at your job. Classes in english, math, physics, and shop and welding will come in handy.
According to Payscale.com, the average salary of a construction worker is between $21,193 to $54,974 as of February 16th, 2019.
Finding a career as a building inspector is another good choice for someone who has been a combat engineer. As a building inspector, you would examine the structural quality and overall safety of a variety of buildings, and ensure buildings comply with municipal and state codes, ordinances, and zoning regulations. They use tools that take measurements, identify potential programs, and sample materials.
Since working as a building inspector can involve climbing high ladders or crawling through tight spaces, going into this career field after being a combat engineer can be a smart idea. The knowledge and experience you have gained in that MOS can help you with this type of career.
You will need a high school diploma for this line of work but some employers will require more. The training requirements can also differ based on your jurisdiction or state. Going to school to earn a certificate or an associate’s degree would be a good idea, and some go on to gain their bachelor’s degree which will allow them to replace work experience when looking for a job. Many states also require a license or certification. You can also gain extra certifications in order to help you become more employable.
According to Salary.com, the average salary of an Building Inspector is $54,311 as of January 31st, 2019.
Becoming a civil engineer after your military career is another option. To be a civil engineer, you would need to have an advanced understanding of engineering, particularly the construction of roads, dams, buildings, and grids. Combat engineers will have gained this type of training during their time in the military. Those who have a knowledge or interest in the creation of building and maintenance of large-scale infrastructure can also do well in this career as well as those who are leaders who have good organizational skills.
Working as a civil engineer, you will conceive, design, build, supervise, operate, construct and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sector. This would include roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Some of the more common employers for civil engineers are an engineering service, state, local, or federal governments, and nonresidential building construction companies.
You would need to get your bachelor’s degree in order to work as a civil engineer. Getting your graduate degree would be best if you want to gain a senior position. Some of the classes you would take for this type of degree would be math, statistics, engineering mechanics, and systems. License requirements to work as a civil engineer do differ based on your state.
According to Salary.com, the average salary of an Civil Engineer is between $68,329 to $107,680 as of January 31st, 2019.
When trying to decide what to do after your military career is over, figuring out what jobs would work well with your MOS can be helpful. Think about what you liked about being a combat engineer, and go from there. There are many different options.
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