Amazing efficiency, teamwork, and reliability, combined with an ability to build almost anything anywhere, make the fabled Seabees an essential part of the Navy. A passion for creating, as well as an ability to solve problems quickly, might make this career field the one for you.
What Will You Do?
Each year, the Navy completes hundreds of construction, renovation, maintenance, and building projects all over the world. You may find yourself surveying a critical airstrip location or conducting tests on soil samples for an amphibious landing zone. Or you may piece together satellite images to form large-image maps of a foreign town destroyed by an earthquake or a typhoon, providing important information for rescue and rebuilding efforts. The duties found in this field call for detail-oriented, resourceful, and creative personnel and are of the utmost importance to the Navy. As a member of this field, you might be called on to:
- Prepare technical illustrations and graphs
- Assist construction engineers in developing final construction plans
- Conduct land surveys and prepare maps, sketches, drawings, and blueprints
- Operate heavy equipment such as trucks, bulldozers, backhoes, forklifts, cranes, and asphalt equipment
- Perform interior finish work, such as installing drywall, paneling, ceramic tile, ceiling and floor tile, millwork, and trim
- Layout plumbing for a new barracks
- Interpret blueprints
- Install, operate, or repair heating or air-conditioning systems
- Handle welding or repair equipment
- Operate power production and electrical distribution systems
- Install wiring or electrical equipment
- Adjust ignition, fuel, electrical, or hydraulic steering systems
Skills and Training
The building and construction field is your chance to learn from the best while working with the most advanced heavy equipment and specialized tools available. Your training is a combination of classroom and field training.
Skills you learn transfer easily to jobs in the civilian sector. Those jobs might include:
- Civil Engineer
- Hydroelectric Machinery Mechanic
- Diesel Mechanic
- Automobile Mechanic
- Construction Operating Engineer
- Architectural Drafter
- Electric Motor Repairman
- Sheet Metal Worker
- Refrigeration Mechanic
Earn College Credits
Most of the training received in this field translates into semester credit hours towards a college degree. You might also have the opportunity for continued education through various college programs and/or tuition assistance.
Construction is one of the country’s largest industries and has a very large percentage of self-employed individuals working in high-paying jobs. So whether it’s a promotion in the Navy or taking your skills into the civilian world, the fundamentals of building and construction that you learn in the Navy will be instrumental in the advancement of your career as well as your quality of life!