I am currently in the middle of a component transfer from reserve infantry to reg force field engineer. Can anyone give me an idea of what to look forward to/ prepare for?
Field Engineer (041)
The role of the Field Engineers (FD ENGR) is to assist their own troops to live, move and fight on the battlefield, and to deny enemy troops the same ability. As combat troops, they are an important member of the Infantry/Armour/Artillery/Field Engineer Combat Arms team on the battlefield.
The men and women employed in this occupation can be compared to various tradespersons in a large and versatile construction firm; however, they work under far more difficult and challenging conditions.
What They Do:
Construct accommodations in the field;
Construct and maintain roads, airfields, heliports, bridges, causeways and rafts;
Construct and maintain buildings for the protection of personnel, equipment, aircraft and vehicles;
Construct field defences and obstacles;
Provide drinking water by testing, purification, filtration and construction of local distribution systems;
Detect and dispose of land mines, booby traps and bulk explosives;
Deny enemy mobility on the battlefield by demolishing roads and bridges, and laying minefields and booby traps;
Demolish enemy roads, airfields and buildings
Maintain engineering equipment, weapons, vehicles and supplies;
Provide engineer communications on the battlefield; and
Fight to protect themselves, or in an infantry defensive role in land battles, when required.
In combat and training situations, Field Engineers works under very demanding physical conditions, outdoors and exposed to the elements for extended periods, day and night. However, during non-combat and non-training times, working and living conditions are similar to other military personnel—living at home or in barrack type accommodation.
Working conditions often include risk of bodily injury and exposure to noise, vibration, dust or fumes. Mental stress can be high when working under adverse conditions with explosives, mines or booby traps, or with limited time to complete an assignment.
Personnel who demonstrate the required ability and ambition will undertake advanced MOC training through formal courses or on-job training as they progress in their careers. Specialty training may also be available. Field Engineers who have completed their qualification level 4 can apply for the Field Engineer Equipment Operator occupation (042).
Combat Engineers have the following primary duties:zoran said:1. Give a general description of the daily duties of a Combat Engineer.
Combat Engineers should enjoy outdoor work, be physically fit and mechanically and technically oriented, and be resourceful, innovative and self-reliant in nature. They should also be good learners with good hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity. Above-average mathematical ability is required for promotion to the higher ranks.zoran said:2. What are some personality traits or characteristics that they possess?
I am not sure what the pay range is but when you first join the CF as Full-Time Regular Force you start out at about $2100 a month.zoran said:3. What is the pay range?
Not sure what you mean by this question but visit this link and I think it will answer your questions.zoran said:4. What is the certification required to become a Combat Engineer.
There are many specializations you can get as an engineer:Mcgregor said:can you specialize in something like explosives? after takeing all basic courses ofcouse
I personally think you are looking at your dilemma a#@ backwards. Why look for all the negative stuff on a trade instead of focusing on the good points? You should base your decision on what interests you, not what guys say is the crap part. Whether you are a Gunner, Infantryman, Crewman or Sapper, there will always be someone who can relate a story that is bad news. I would suggest, there are more good times than bad. So pick what turns you on.
Let's not make this into a flame war.
Sapper 6 out.