3E5X1: Air Force Engineering Specialist

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An Engineering Specialist directs and performs civil engineering design, drafting, surveying, and contract surveillance to support Air Force facility construction and maintenance programs. Prepares manual and Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings, specifications, and cost estimates. Develops, operates, and maintains Geographic Information System (GIS) modules. Utilizes surveying technology to include Global Positioning System (GPS). Evaluates potential construction sites and performs field tests on soils, asphalt, and concrete. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 412.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop engineering designs. Use CAD software. Prepare cost estimates, performance work statements, and specifications for existing and proposed facilities. Design concrete and asphalt pavements. Perform simple load calculations for horizontal and vertical construction. Act as liaison between design, review, construction, and using agencies.

Performs drafting duties. Interpret rough engineering sketches to produce working drawings using manual and CAD techniques. Produce architectural, structural, civil, mechanical, and electrical drawings. Update Base Comprehensive Plans (BCP) and maintains record drawings. Plot and reproduce drawings.

Performs GIS duties. Link computerized maps to databases displaying detailed information via the web. Create geographic coverages. Develop database structures. Create and populate feature codes. Link graphical data to relational databases. Develop query routines for end-user applications.

Performs surveying duties. Conduct reconnaissance, site location, construction, and mapping surveys while operating manual and electronic surveying equipment. Collect, convert, and present field survey data for civil engineering projects. Maintain equipment.

Performs contract management duties. Manage and inspect construction and maintenance contracts. Interpret plans, specifications, and other contract documents. Coordinate, evaluate, monitor, and document contract activities and progress. Prepare recommendations for contract modifications. Review material submittals for compliance with contract specifications. Conduct pre-final, acceptance, and post-acceptance inspections. Manage warranty and guarantee programs.

Perform standardized and expedient tests on soils, asphalt, and concrete. Collect, record, and interpret test data. Prepare reports for engineering evaluation.

Support contingency operations. Develop bed-down plans to house personnel, aircraft, and associated support functions during contingency operations. Evaluate existing airfield pavements, lighting, navigational aids, markings, and arresting systems. Perform recovery operations to include explosive ordnance reconnaissance, airfield damage assessment, minimum operating strip selection, rapid runway repair calculations, and airfield marking procedures.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of computer operations, software applications, and mathematics; including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school or general educational development equivalency, with courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, computer operations, and software application is mandatory. Completion of high school courses in drafting, physics, and chemistry is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
3E531. 3E531. Completion of the Engineering Apprentice course.
3E571. 3E571. Completion of the Civil Engineer Management Craftsman course.
Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).
3E551. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3E531. Also, experience in functions such as drafting, surveying, and material testing.
3E571. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3E551. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as surveying, drafting, and material testing.
3E591. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3E571. Also, experience directing functions such as surveying, materials testing, drafting, and contract management.
Other. The following are mandatory for entry into this specialty:
Normal color vision as defined in AFI 48-123, Medical Examination, and Standards.
Qualification to operate government vehicles according to AFI 24-301, Vehicle Operations.

Strength Req: G

Physical Profile: 333223

Citizenship: No

Required Aptitude Score: G-48 (Changed to G-49, effective 1 Jul 04).

Technical Training:

Course #: J5ABA3E531 000

Length (Days): 62

Location: FLW