OSMS and YOU: Naval Engineer

This blog post is the 13th in a series of posts highlighting the various specialties and sub-specialties offered by the recently launched Officer Specialty Management System. Stay tuned as we share key information about each specialty/sub-specialty in the coming weeks!




Written by Lt. Cmdr. Robert Mohr

What is an ENG-12 officer specialty code?

logoeng12jpgEarning an ENG-12 OSC designates you a Coast Guard Naval Engineer. Naval engineers are critical in executing Coast Guard’s primary missions by ensuring surface assets are mission ready. The Naval Engineering program is one of the Coast Guard’s largest programs. Between the Surface Forces Logistics Center and Coast Guard headquarters, more than 1,800 officers, enlisted, civilians, and 300 contractors work in our program. Naval engineering supports approximately 1,800 boats and 250 cutters from cradle to grave. Naval engineers participate in the design, construction, and acquisition of new surface assets. It also maintains the boats and cutters during the sustainment phase of their lifecycle.

In order to qualify for ENG-12 designation, an officer needs to complete the naval engineer performance qualification standard, COMDTINST M3502.11 (series). The naval engineering PQS is broken down into two parts: Part 1 – Student Engineer and Part 2 – Naval Engineer in Training. The first part is completed during a afloat tour, normally during an officer’s initial afloat engineering assignment and consists of basic shipboard engineering fundamentals, engineering and Deck Watch Officer qualifications, and afloat engineering administration.

New Picture (3)The knowledge and skills gained through the completion of Part 1 provides an excellent foundation for future assignments in technical, logistical, and operational specialties. The second part is completed during a subsequent naval engineering tour and focuses on surface asset maintenance management and program management fundamentals. Included in the naval engineering PQS is attainment of contract officer requirement certification and either DHS Acquisition Program Manager Level I, Life Cycle Logistics Level I, or Systems Engineering Level I certification. For chief warrant officer to lieutenant, they automatically qualify for ENG-12 if they were an ENG chief warrant officer.

Since naval engineering is a technical specialty, we have outstanding advanced education opportunities. The naval engineering program has 8 to 10 training allocation billets each year to send officers to graduate school for 24 months fully funded.

New Picture (2)Students are expected to receive a Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Engineering Management Master’s of Science degree from prestigious schools such as: University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee, and Naval Post Graduate School. Officers are encouraged to get a second Master’s degree in Industrial Operations Engineering, MBA, Reliability Engineering, etc. during the 24 months.

The Office of Naval Engineering, Commandant (CG-45) actively monitors and mentors the career progression of every Naval Engineer. The extensive training received through the naval engineering PQS provides the experience and knowledge to analyze and solve complex problems and mange large projects, budgets, and people. This background makes naval engineering officers excellent candidates for assignments outside naval engineering. The chart below shows the opportunities available to a naval engineering officer. Naval engineering is also a feeder for Coast Guard surface acquisitions programs. They are vital in filling the shipyard Project Resident Office (PRO) and headquarters acquisition billets.




For more information on this rewarding Officer Specialty, contact the Naval Engineering Workforce Manager in the Office of Naval Engineering (CG-45) at (202) 475-5719.


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