Army MOS 12Y Geospatial Engineer
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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
  • 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

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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