Army MOS 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer
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  • Interpret information on grade stakes, placing or replacing grade stakes
  • Drive bulldozers, road graders, and other heavy equipment to cut and level earth for runways and roadbeds
  • Clear, grub, strip, excavate, backfill, stockpile and push scraper with tractor crawler
  • Cut and spread fill material with scraper
  • Transport heavy construction equipment with tractor-trailer
  • Assist in performance of combat engineer missions
  • Lift and move steel and other heavy building materials using winches, cranes, and hoists
  • Dig holes and trenches using power shovels

Job training for a Construction Equipment Operator requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic
Soldiering skills, and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent
in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • Operation of different types of construction equipment
  • Operation of specific rough terrain equipment
  • Maintenance and repair of equipment
  • Identification of soil types
  • Identification and placement of grade stakes

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Construction Equipment Operators provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the
same discipline. As an advanced level Construction Equipment Operator, you may be involved in:

  • Construct embankments
  • Excavate hills and slopes with crawler tractor
  • Finish slopes
  • Mix soil stabilization materials
  • Construct embankments
  • Perform surface and drainage maintenance

Related Civilian Jobs
The skills you learn as a Construction Equipment Operator will help prepare you for a civilian career with building
contractors, state highway agencies, rock quarries, well drillers or construction firms. You'll be able to consider a
future as an operating engineer, heavy equipment operator, well driller or rigger.

There are a number of formal 3-year operating engineer apprenticeship programs, which you may qualify for as well.
These programs, which are administered by the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Associated
General Contractors of America, Inc., consist of at least three years or 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144
hours per year of classroom instruction.
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Army MOS 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer   
The Army is always completing hundreds of construction
projects and Heavy Construction Equipment Operators are
integral to that process. Airfields, roads, dams and buildings
can't be created without moving tons of earth and building
materials or producing concrete and asphalt. Construction
equipment operators use bulldozers, cranes, graders and
other heavy equipment to complete these kinds of projects.

Construction Equipment Operators are responsible for
operating crawler and wheeled tractors with dozer
attachments, scoop loader, backhoe loaders, hydraulic
excavators, motorized grader and towed or self-propelled
scraper. Some of your duties as a Construction Equipment
Operator may include: