The Air Force is not normally known for its construction or heavy equipment careers, but in reality there are construction projects, runways and heavy-duty areas of construction that the Air Force is tasked with every day. There are hundreds of different projects around the world that require trained personnel to design, implement and complete them, and the Heavy Construction Air Force enlisted career is one of the job titles involved in the thick of things. Roads, buildings, dams, airfields, and other construction sites cannot be constructed without moving equipment, earth, materials and supplies to where they need to go.
Construction careers in the US Air Force are active, you may be working on a base construction issue in the Southern United States and then you find yourself overseas assisting in the remodeling of an airfield. You will learn to operate large construction equipment, including a scoop loader, various types of scrapers, D9 type caterpillar type equipment, bulldozers, cranes and a vast variety of other equipment. Heavy equipment operators are unique in their ability to do a variety of tasks but they all relate to construction and building on Air Force and unified projects.
Working in the Air Force As a heavy construction equipment operator you will cut and spread fill material, interpret and read information on grade stakes, transport heavy materials with dump tracks, and tractor trailer trucks, and drive bulldozers, roadgraders, and use other equipment for pushing, excavating, stockpiling, backfilling and scraping.
You will operate large cranes that are utilized to load and unload materials, assist with different combat engineer operations, and control power shovels to dig trenches, holes and other excavation type operations. Your training begins as always with Basic Combat training and then progresses to Individual advanced training for between 4 and 12 weeks of training. Depending on what you will specialize in during your final career specialty within heavy construction you will learn how to operate specific types of construction equipment, be taught how to decide which type of construction equipment you should use, and how to repair and maintain different types of heavy construction equipment. If you like to work with your hands, and if you enjoy working outdoors, this may be the job specialty for you.
Advanced Heavy Construction equipment operators are responsible for helping train junior enlisted personnel and to run different units as a enlisted senior non commissioned officer and leader.