U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet

The Civil Engineering Career Field encompasses: mechanical and electrical activities to install, operate, maintain, and repair base direct support systems and equipment; electrical facilities; electrical power generation and distribution; and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment, and their controls.

Structural and pavement activities, including construction and maintenance of structural facilities and pavement areas; maintaining pavements, railroads, and soil bases; performing erosion control; operating heavy equipment; structural and metal fabricating, construction, and maintenance; engineering specialists; and operations functions.

Utilities systems functions such as operation, maintenance, repair, and construction of plumbing, water, and wastewater systems and their components; fuel system maintenance; and pest management.

Fire protection, including preventing, controlling, and extinguishing all types of fire occurring on the ground, and performing related rescue, first aid, and property preservation; potential of fires involving facilities, operational processes, wildlands, aerospace vehicles, weapons, and hazardous or other materials; operation and operator maintenance of all types of crash fire rescue and support vehicles; tools and equipment; and services in support of base emergency disaster operations.

Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) activities, including detecting, identifying, rendering safe, recovering, and destroying United States and foreign explosive, incendiary, and nuclear ordnance; supervising EOD functions and resolving technical problems of EOD and the procedures of neutralizing and disposing of improvised explosive devices; and performing as specialized members of the disaster response force.

Readiness activities, including personnel training to accomplish the primary mission under the handicaps imposed by enemy attack and by acts of man and nature; training in detecting, measuring, and decontaminating nuclear, biological, and chemical contaminants; providing and using proper protective equipment; and day-to-day operations requiring establishing, training, and equipping a disaster response force to handle all types of peacetime accidents and requests for assistance from the civilian community.

The Civil Engineering Career Field is a contingency related career field. Personnel serving in this career field may participate in recovery operation as a result of natural and manmade disasters, or be subject to deployment and employment in hostile environments created by terrorism, sabotage, or chemical, biological, or conventional warfare. Individuals should have knowledge of contingency skills such as first aid procedures, field sanitation and hygiene, work party security, repair and construction methods, beddown procedures, personal weapons, chemical warfare defense, and explosive ordnance reconnaissance.

Excluded from this career field are functions of maintenance and repair of ground support equipment that are included in the Manned Aerospace Maintenance Career Field (2A) and medical care of injured personnel (other than emergency first aid) which is included in the Medical Career Field (4X).