Engineer Officers serve in every type of engineer unit, such as:

  • Sapper: Employ demolitions, conduct reconnaissance and support maneuver units.
  • Stryker: Support the Stryker Brigade Combat Teams.
  • Bradley: Engage the enemy using the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
  • Construction: Construct roads, buildings, military bases, airfields, etc.
  • Geospatial: Collect, manage and visualize terrain data.
  • Dive: Participate in underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage operations.
  • Bridge: Construct vehicle-emplaced, or permanent bridges.
  • Power: Generate, distribute, and provide technical expertise on electrical power.
  • Rescue: Perform search and rescue operations, primarily in collapsed buildings and natural disaster areas.
  • Training: Train the force, write new policy, or research alternative engineering technology.

In all these units, Engineer Lieutenants have the following duties:

  • Plan and execute engineering missions, both combat and construction.
  • Understand tactical decision making and the Engineer’s role as a leader in a combined arms or joint-force environment.
  • Coordinate employment of Engineer Soldiers at all levels of command, from platoon to battalion and higher, in U.S. and multi-national operations.

Engineer Captains have the additional responsibilities of:

  • Commanding and controlling company-sized Engineer units (150-300 Soldiers)
  • Coordinate employment of Engineer Soldiers at all levels of command, from company to division level and beyond, in U.S. and multi-national operations.
  • Develop doctrine, organizations and equipment for unique Engineer missions.
  • Instruct Engineer skills at service schools and combat training centers.
  • Serve as an Engineer advisor to other units, including Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve organizations.