Geospatial engineers in the Army help with the collection of sensitive geographic data. At its most basic, the job of the military occupational specialty (MOS) 12Y is collecting, analyzing, and distributing geospatial information. One use for that information is to analyze terrain for military operations. But the work has other applications, too—for the military, for civilian disaster relief, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security.

Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

These soldiers extract geographic data from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and field reconnaissance and use that data to create maps. These activities help commanders visualize the battlefield and its terrain; part of the MOS 12Y job involves preparing briefs covering all aspects of the terrain. Geospatial engineers also perform other duties such as the following: Create and maintain geospatial databases. Extract geographic data from satellite imagery, aerial photography and field reconnaissance Create and collect geographic data and compile it into maps Help commanders visualize the battlefield Create and maintain multiple geospatial databases Prepare military-style briefs covering all aspects of the terrain

Military Duties Translated:

Analyze photographs, drawings and maps to inform the direction of projects as well as the overall budget constraints Ensure project feasibility through continual evaluation of structural integrity and design practicality Create designs that utilize a variety of materials Perform and adjust quantity calculations for practical and budgetary purposes Communicate with team members as well as customers and vendors to ensure maximum cohesion and fluidity on projects Forecast design and construction time frames Inspect project sites to ensure they meet relevant codes and are progressing properly

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

Civil engineer