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  • Extract geographic data from collateral data sources such as satellite imagery, aerial photography, field
    reconnaissance and digital data
  • Use advanced computer systems to create and update geographic features & data
  • Provide 2-D & virtual 3-D representation of portions of the earth?s surface to commanders to better visualize the
    battlefield
  • Organization of compiled geographic data into a printable & digital maps
  • Create & Maintain multiple geospatial databases for storage of large volumes of geographic information
  • Setup & Maintain a multi-system local area network consisting of workstations, servers, and output devices
  • Prepare & Conduct Military style briefs covering all aspects of the terrain and its effects to enhance the
    commanders operational awareness

Training
Job training for a Geospatial Engineer requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills,
and 18 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction, including practical application of geographic
information systems. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • Basic knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Geographic analysis
  • Imagery interpretation & exploitation

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Geospatial Engineers provide guidance, supervise and train other Soldiers within the same discipline. As
an advanced level Geospatial Engineer, you may be involved in:

  • Analyze collected geographic information in order to produce tactical decision aids
  • Analyze & predict the weather effects, as it applies to the characteristics of terrain
  • Perform & supervise management for the storage of aerial photographs, maps, digital geographic databases and
    collateral source materials
  • Perform quality and control assurance during all stages of geospatial operations

Related Civilian Jobs
The skills you learn as a Geospatial Engineers will help prepare you for a civilian career with Federal, State & Local
Government and Private Sector.

Civilian employment opportunities could found in the following areas: Federal Careers: Department of Homeland Security,
FBI, CIA, NSA, NGA, USGS, National Park Service, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation. State
Government & Local Agency Careers: City/County Planning & Development, Emergency Services (Police, Fire
department, EMS, 911 Centers), Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, State Department of Transportation. Private Sector
Careers: Oil & Gas Field, Telecommunications, Utility Companies, Retail Planning, Defense Contractors.
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Army MOS 12Y Geospatial Engineer     
The Modern Army uses digital maps & geographic data (satellite
images, digital terrain data, and intelligence data) to help the
commander visualize the terrain, maneuver forces, execute military
operations effectively & target adversaries accurately. Geospatial
Engineers use geographic data to produce 2-D and 3-D virtual
products to represent the terrain and its effects on operations
more accurately and faster to help the commander visualize the
terrain.

Geospatial Engineers are primarily responsible for collecting,
manipulating, analyzing and distributing Geospatial Products, in
support of Military & Civil (Disaster Relief and Homeland Security)
Operations. Some of your duties as a Geospatial Engineer may
include: