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Bioenvironmental Engineer

Overview: Bioenvironmental Engineers focus on reducing health risks in the workplace and surrounding environment, which in the military is complicated by the proximity and handling of weapons, munitions, liquid fuels, and radioactive materials. They are also essential in achieving environmentally safe designs for medical facilities which routinely utilize radioactive procedures for diagnosis and treatment.

Position: Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Apply scientific and engineering knowledge to assist commanders in risk management procedures 
  • Survey installations, aircraft, and facilities for chemical, physical, and biological stress factors 
  • Serve as consultant on construction and/or modernization of medical facilities and systems 
  • Act as Medical Service Consultant in design and construction of facilities for use and storage of radioactive materials or radiation producing devices


  • Ability to clearly speak and communicate in the English language 
  • A valid state driver’s license and ability to operate government motor vehicles  
  • Normal color vision and depth perception as defined in AFI 48-123
  • Ability to wear a 40 pound air pack while carrying 40 pounds of equipment in a totally encapsulating chemical protective suit
  • No record of acrophobia or claustrophobia
  • Successful medical clearance for enrollment and active participation in the Respiratory Protection Program
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree, or higher, in engineering from an engineering degree program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or an engineering program approved by the 43E Associate Chief; or, For graduates of the United States Service Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program or commissioned officers applying for cross-service transfer, possess a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in engineering; or industrial hygiene, biology, chemistry, or physics along with additional coursework: 1 year of calculus for scientist or engineers, 1 year of chemistry with labs and 1 year of physics; or a MS degree or higher in health physics or industrial hygiene. 
  • For all enlisted AFSCs, possess an ABET accredited MS degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) under the Enlisted-to-AFIT (E2A) program as approved by the 43E Associate Chief; or For AFSC 4B071 (Bioenvironmental Engineering Craftsmen), possess a (BS), or higher, in engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering degree program; or, possess an Associate in Applied Science degree in Bioenvironmental Engineering Technology from the Community College of the Air Force, along with 7 years active duty experience in a 4B0X1 duty AFSCs, along with either a BS degree in biology, chemistry, industrial hygiene, or physics, or an MS or higher in health physics, industrial hygiene, or a closely related MS degree and coursework approved by the 43E Associate Chief. 


  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Officer Training School Abbreviated. This five-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.