Army

12W:CARPENTRY AND MASONRY SPECIALIST

n the Army, there's always going to be a need for soldiers who can build things. Carpentry and Masonry Specialists—categorized as a military occupational specialty (MOS) 12W—handle a wide variety of building and masonry duties. If you're good with a tool belt and aren't afraid of heights (some of the structures you'll build are quite tall), this may be the Army job for you.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support


Military Duties:

Soldiers in this job build and maintain structures like trusses and rigging devices. You'll assist with combat engineer missions, doing basic carpentry and masonry work, and build framing, sheathing fabrication, and roofing structures. You'll also build concrete forms for columns, slabs, and walls. This job will find you stationed anywhere in the world where the Army needs builders and will vary based on active missions. Your skills will be in high demand, and you'll work closely with Army engineers on a lot of projects.

Military Duties Translated:

Preparing construction sites, materials, and tools. Loading and unloading of materials, tools, and equipment. Removing debris, garbage, and dangerous materials from sites. Assembling and breaking down barricades, temporary structures, and scaffolding. Assisting contractors, e.g. electricians and painters, as required. Assisting with transport and operation of heavy machinery and equipment. Regulating traffic and erecting traffic signs. Following all health and safety regulations. Digging holes, tunnels, and shafts. Mixing, pouring, and leveling concrete.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Construction Worker