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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 institution with that curricular program area accredited by the ABET) or possess a baccalaureate in engineering, biology, chemistry, or physics from the United States Air Force Academy or, possess a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in biology, chemistry, physics, health physics, industrial hygiene, or other degree approved by the 43E associate chief granted from an ABET or non-ABET accredited program, and satisfy one of the following options prior to being accessed into the Biomedical Sciences Corps:
    • Prior qualification in and possession of AFSC 4B071 Bioenvironmental Engineering (BEE) Craftsman and have a minimum of 7 years active duty in the BEE career field or;
    • Hold a certification from the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) or hold a certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), or pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or;
    • Possess a Master of Science (MS) degree in medical physics granted from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP), or;
    • Possess MS degree in medical physics granted from a non-CAMPEP accredited institution, and hold a certification from the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in one of the following three specialties: diagnostic radiologic physics, therapeutic radiologic physics, or medical nuclear physics


  • 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.