Civil Engineering Corps Officer
CIVIL ENGINEER CORPS (CEC COLLEGIATE)
Community overview. The Navy is more than ships, submarines and aircraft at sea. Hundreds of naval shore facilities worldwide-like small cities with hospitals, airfields, power plants, housing, stores, office buildings and much more-make up the fleet support establishment. As a Navy Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officer, you'll join a special group of officers in charge of engineering, management, planning, construction and maintenance of the Navy's shore facilities. You'll work in a variety of locations around the world in highly visible positions supervising many skilled personnel. From the very beginning, you'll get engineering management experience, responsibility and authority far exceeding that offered by a private firm. As a Civil Engineer Corps officer, you may work in any or all of the following three areas:
Contract Management. More than $4 billion worth of design and construction is performed every year by civilian construction and engineering firms under Navy contracts. These contracts will be your responsibility as the primary contact between the contractor and the Navy. You'll review designs and prepare, solicit and award contract bid packages. You'll supervise construction, identify problems and devise solutions. Navy Civil Engineers also negotiate technical and financial modifications to contracts and approve completed work.
Public Works. You'll operate and maintain the complex facilities and utilities systems at shore activities by managing a large and diverse work force of civilian and military personnel. At public works departments and centers, you'll approve and execute the designs of trained engineering staffs. In facilities management, you'll identify, analyze, plan, budget, schedule and execute needed work and repair. Planning future requirements of naval facilities is a major responsibility.
Construction Battalions. The "Can Do" spirit of the Seabees is legendary. Performing most of their work overseas, Navy construction battalions maintain the Navy's mobile construction capabilities and support the Fleet Marine Force in amphibious operations. They build roads, airstrips, bridges, port facilities, utility systems and any type of building, often in unique and out of the way locations. As a junior officer, you'll be in charge of these military construction companies, made up of 400 to 600 enlisted men and women. This is your opportunity to learn an important skill unattainable through academic study alone-leadership.
Active duty obligation. 4 years from date of commissioning.
Training pipeline following commission. After 12 weeks of Officer Candidate School (OCS), new CEC Ensigns attend the Basic Course at the Civil Engineer Corps Officer School (CECOS) in Port Hueneme, CA. The Basic Course consists of 8 weeks of CEC orientation along with 5 weeks of basic government contracting principles for a total of 13 weeks.
Civil Engineer Collegiate Program - You may apply for Officer Candidate School (OCS) up to 24 months before you receive your bachelor's degree or up to one year before completing your master's degree. If selected, you'll be placed on active reserve duty as a Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program or Civil Engineer Corps collegiate and receive more than $2,400 per month while completing your studies. You can earn up to $40,000 during your junior and senior years while receiving many benefits enjoyed by regular Navy personnel, including 30 days vacation earned each year. Following college graduation, you'll receive military training at Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and earn your commission as a naval officer.
Civil Engineer Corps Officer School - Located in Port Hueneme, Calif., Civil Engineer Corps Officer School provides you training you'll need as a new Civil Engineer Corps officer in your first assignment. Areas include management, military readiness, military justice, personnel administration and courses deemed necessary to prepare you to work in contract management, public works/facilities management and construction battalions.
Advanced Education and Training. As a Civil Engineer Corps officer, you'll have many opportunities to develop your professional skills through courses offered by the Civil Engineer Corps School and Naval Facilities Contract Training Center. Fully funded postgraduate education at a variety of civilian universities allows you to earn a master's degree in a variety of engineering-related fields or a financial management degree at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. You also could receive advanced military education through service colleges such as the Naval War College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the National War College.
Locations of initial fleet assignments. Upon graduation from CECOS, new officers are assigned an initial tour of duty with a Construction Battalion, Public Works, or a Construction Contract Administration activity. This duty assignment of two or three years serves to introduce the individual to the CEC community and provides valuable experience in construction management and techniques. After this first tour of duty, or more typically after a second tour in a second specialty, career-oriented officers are eligible for graduate school. Those qualified individuals selected for the OFP attend one of several Navy-approved post-graduate schools offering a Masters degree in Ocean Engineering and earn an 1103P subspecialty code.
Special pay/bonuses. None.
Basic eligibility requirements. A Civil Engineer Corps officer must:
- be a U.S. citizen.
- be at least 19 and under 35 when commissioned.
- possess, or be in pursuit of, an accredited engineering degree, preferably in civil, mechanical or electrical engineering, or an accredited architecture degree.
- be physically qualified by Naval standards.