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Army MOS 12T Technical Engineer

The Army builds and repairs many airstrips, docks, barracks, roads, bridges, and other projects each year and the Technical Engineer is essential to this process. Technical Engineers conduct land surveys, make maps and prepare detailed plans and drawings for construction projects. They also occasionally provide surveys and maps that are used to locate military targets and plot troop movements.

The Technical Engineer supervises or participates in construction site development to include technical investigation, surveying, drafting, development of construction plans and specifications. Some of your duties as a Technical Engineer may include:

Assist in the performance of field and laboratory tests on construction materials, construction surveys and drafting for Army construction, Draw topographic maps and charts

Make scale drawings of roads, airfields, buildings, and other military projects using Computer Aided Drafting systems and software

Conduct geodetic and construction surveys and computing survey results utilizing Automated Integrated Survey Instruments and Global Positioning Survey Technology

Draw diagrams for wiring and plumbing of structures
Provide technical support for vertical and horizontal construction projects
Build scale models of land areas that show hills, lakes, roads, and buildings
Piece together aerial photographs to form large photomaps

Job training for a Technical Engineer requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

Surveying and drafting techniques
Aerial photo interpretation
Architectural and structural drawing

Related Army Positions
Horizontal Construction Engineer (12N)