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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


  • Possess a baccalaureate degree, or higher, in engineering from an engineering degree program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or, For graduates of the United States Service Academy or a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, possess a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in engineering; or industrial hygiene, biology, chemistry, or physics along with additional coursework approved by the 43E Associate Chief. 
  • For commissioned officers applying for cross-service transfer, possess a baccalaureate degree or higher in engineering from an ABET accredited engineering degree program; or alternately, possess a BS degree in biology, chemistry, industrial hygiene, or physics, or an MS degree or higher in health physics, industrial hygiene, or a closely related degree and coursework, along with substantive experience in a related DoD Occupational Group, as approved by the 43E Associate Chief; or, 
  • For individuals academically qualified to hold federal positions in one of the constituent OPM Occupational Series listed above, successfully complete the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination; or alternately, possess an MS degree in medical physics granted from a program accredited by CAMPEP, or an MS degree in medical physics granted from a non-CAMPEP accredited institution along with certification from the ABR in one of the following three specialties: diagnostic radiologic physics, therapeutic radiologic physics, or nuclear medicine physics.
  • Ability to clearly speak and communicate in the English language. 
  • A valid state driver’s license and ability to operate government motor vehicles in accordance with AFI 24-301. Vehicle Operations. 
  • 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


  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Commissioned Officer Training (COT). This 5 week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer, and military healthcare.