Program offers engineers hands-on USACE experience

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — 1st. Lt. Diana Worth (front right), 643rd Eng. Company, 84th Eng. Battalion (Construction Effects), 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, briefs Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox (front left), deputy commander, Military and International Operations, USACE, during an on-site visit, here, in October 2012. (Photo by Joseph Bonfiglio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — 1st. Lt. Diana Worth (front right), 643rd Eng. Company, 84th Eng. Battalion (Construction Effects), 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, briefs Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox (front left), deputy commander, Military and International Operations, USACE, during an on-site visit, here, in October 2012. (Photo by Joseph Bonfiglio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

1st Lt. Diana Worth
643rd Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion (Construction Effects), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER — The world of U.S. Army engineers is one of numerous capabilities across many different specialty career fields.

The engineer regiment is comprised of combat engineers, bridge crews, geospatial engineers, divers, firefighters and construction workers of various trades.

When a new engineer officer is commissioned, he or she can be assigned to any of these diverse units.

On rare occasions, junior engineer officers may also be assigned to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), a command with approximately 37,000 dedicated civilians and Soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 90 countries worldwide.

“Working for USACE is a rewarding, meaningful job,” said Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox, deputy commander, Military and International Operations, USACE.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — 1st. Lt. Diana Worth (right), 643rd Eng. Company, 84th Eng. Battalion (Construction Effects), 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, and Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox, deputy commander, Military and International Operations, USACE, discuss current construction projects, here, during an on-site visit, October 2012. (Photo by Joseph Bonfiglio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — 1st. Lt. Diana Worth (right), 643rd Eng. Company, 84th Eng. Battalion (Construction Effects), 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, and Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox, deputy commander, Military and International Operations, USACE, discuss current construction projects, here, during an on-site visit, October 2012. (Photo by Joseph Bonfiglio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs)

Because the Corps of Engineers sets the standard for this profession in military construction, many junior officer engineers leap at the chance to work within the organization. As such, any opportunity to learn from the vast expertise within the Corps would be a tremendous boost to a Soldier’s skill set and career path.

The 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainament Command, and the USACE-Honolulu District have established a professional development program in which junior engineer officers can be assigned to the Corps to work as project engineers for a period of six to 12 months.

During the assignment, officers gain valuable knowledge and exposure to various military construction techniques and the roles of the many individuals on both the USACE and the contractor sides who work to make projects a success.

Officers also learn how to use the Resident Management System (RMS), the Corps program used to compile every document that contributes to the Quality Assurance System on a project and participate in the decision-making process for key tasks.

Professional development program

Junior engineer officers interested in applying for the professional development program may contact Maj. Sally Hannan, deputy commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, at 835-4000.

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