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Engineers build anything and everything the Guard needs. From surveying and bulldozing to framing and wiring, engineers take on construction and demolition projects of any size—from start to finish. These experts pave roads and build fortifications for hundreds of Soldiers. In combat, engineers use their skills to shape the battlefield, destroying obstacles and opening routes for troop movement.
Guard engineers also work around the globe to assist countries in need of hospitals, schools and running water. Stateside, these problem solvers are pivotal responders during natural disasters, as they clear roads or restore power to communities.
Job training for Soldiers in the Engineer career field consists of ten weeks of Basic Combat Training (BCT) plus 6 or more weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) depending on your specialty. Training will range from basic construction, engineering and electrical principles to more specialized skills, such as masonry, plumbing and water purification, surveying, and operating heavy construction equipment.
Military Occupational Specialties
12B Combat Engineer
Combat Engineers provide the combination of combat ability and building skills necessary for tackling rough terrain in combat situations. Engineers build roads or trails, assemble bridges, and construct shelters, bunkers and gun emplacements, allowing armored and infantry divisions to advance. They also place and detonate explosives and oversee the safe removal of mines.
12N Horizontal Construction Engineer
The Guard takes part in hundreds of construction projects, including airfields, roads, dams and buildings, which require moving tons of earth and building materials or producing concrete and asphalt. Horizontal Construction Engineers use bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy equipment such as scoop loaders, power shovels and towed or self-propelled scrapers to complete these kinds of projects and assist in performance of combat engineer missions.
12T Technical Engineer
The technical engineer supervises or participates in construction site development in areas such as technical investigation, surveys, drafts and construction plans/specifications. They conduct land surveys, make maps and prepare detailed plans for construction projects.
12Y Geospatial Engineer
Geospatial engineers are responsible for using geographic data that supports military/civilian operations for Disaster Relief and Homeland Security. They collect, analyze and distribute geospatial information to represent the terrain and its possible effects.
104th Engineer Battalion
The 104th Engineer Regiment was formed on 6 October 1917. Current units are located in Port Murray, West Orange, and Hammonton. The motto on the distinctive unit insignia means in plain English “IT MUST BE DONE”, indicating that engineers never shirk a job, no matter how hard or seemingly impossible it is.