MOS 1361 Engineer Assistant

MOS 1361 Engineer Assistant

MOS Description

Engineer Assistants perform various duties incidental to construction design, planning, estimating, and management. Personnel assigned this MOS are trained to use optical reading/electronic total station survey instruments to establish the horizontal and vertical alignment/layout for construction projects. In addition, they are trained to use manual/Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) methods of preparing architectural/mechanical/ civil drawings, to include computations for bills of material/earthwork volumes.

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Click here to go to Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) is an entry-level certification. The CDT is a prerequisite to CSI's other certification offerings. The CDT allows candidates to demonstrate knowledge of the construction process, contractual relationships, and construction documents. To earn a CDT certification, candidates must have a high school diploma/GED and pass an exam.

Click here to go to Building Plans Examiner - B3 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Code Council (ICC) Building Plans Examiner – B3 certification is an intermediate-level credential for individuals who review and examine building construction documents for conformity to building codes and regulations. Building Plans Examiners are responsible for reviewing submitted plans to determine if the plans meet requirements set by the jurisdiction within which the building stands. At this level of certification, the examiner reviews plans for any size of building in any occupancy classification. The ICC B3 exam validates an individual's basic technical knowledge, education and related experience as an examiner. The certification holder demonstrates the ability to read blueprints, and has a strong knowledge of building codes, and can determine if plans meet regulated criteria for safety, utilities, and installations. Additionally, examiners with the B3 certification review the status of and land and building permits. Certified individuals understand building planning, footings, foundations, floor construction, wall construction, coverings, roof and ceiling construction, and public safety construction as it applies to building code compliance. There are no experience requirements, education requirements, or pre-requisites that must be met prior to taking the written exam. However, individuals seeking the Building Plans Examiner certification should have technical knowledge and related experience in their chosen field of expertise. Candidates are required to pass an exam.

Click here to go to Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is an entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with less project experience, the CAPM demonstrates an understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management. The written exam covers project management areas such as initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing, and professional and social responsibility. Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent and at least 1500 hours professional experience on a project team or 23 hours of project management education.

Click here to go to Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User is for persons seeking to validate their knowledge of Autodesk software. Whether candidates are in manufacturing, civil engineering or architecture, Autodesk certification signifies their experience and expertise in using the AutoCAD software. Candidates may choose from the Certified Associate or Certified Professional certifications. The AutoCAD Certified Associate exam is an on-line examination that assesses knowledge of the tools, features, and common tasks in AutoCAD. Once the Associate certification is earned, candidates may choose to continue with the performance based Certified Professional exam. It is recommended that candidates for the Certified Associate exam have 50 hours of hands-on application of AutoCAD and candidates for the Certified Professional exam have 400 hours of hands-on experience. Candidates are certified on a specific release (year) of AutoCAD. Although certification for a particular version never expires, certification is not considered current unless the lastest exam has been passed.

Click here to go to Rigger Level I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), Rigger I is an entry-level credential, ideal for persons trained to handle and move crane-bearing loads. A Certified Rigger Level I can perform simple, repetitive rigging tasks when the load weight, center of gravity, the rigging, and rigging configuration are provided or known by the rigger through experience or on-the-job training prior to the rigging activities. Specifically, Level I Riggers should be able to demonstrate or have knowledge of how to: inspect rigging before use, identify and attach rigging with basic knowledge of hitch configurations, capacities, and basic knots, recognize associated hazards, signal operations, and use various types of rigging equipment and basic hitches and their applications. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, comply with NCCO's Substance Abuse Policy, pass a written examination, pass a practical examination, and comply with the NCCCO Code of Ethics. The Rigger I certification must be renewed every five years.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The NCCCO Signalperson certification is an entry-level credential designed for signalpersons who are trained and who use hand and voice signals in crane operation. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants and those certified agree to comply with NCCCO's Substance Abuse Policy and the NCCCO Code of Ethics. To earn the certification applicants must pass exams.

Click here to go to Rigger/Signalperson Certification COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Crane Institute of America Certification (CIC), Rigger/Signalperson Certification covers the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) definition of "qualified rigger." Rigger/Signalperson candidates must have at least one year of safe rigging and signaling experience, meet physical qualification requirements, and comply with the CIC Code of Ethics and Substance Abuse Policy. Candidates must also pass both a written exam and a practical hand signal exam.

Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level I is an entry-level credential for field and laboratory technicians engaged specifically in the testing and inspection of construction soil. Candidates must have knowledge of engineering properties of construction materials used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and knowledge of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation. Candidates do not need to have any experience, but it is helpful to have some knowledge of and experience in soils testing, QA/QC, inspection or related activities. Candidates choose the work elements to be included on the written exam and must pass a minimum of three general work elements and six special work elements. Candidates must obtain a Supervisor's verification of all work elements and take and pass a written examination.

Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level II is a mid-level credential for field and laboratory technicians engaged specifically in the testing and inspection of construction soil. Candidates qualify for level two with 2 years of experience of which at least one year must involve soils QA/QC activities. Candidates must have knowledge of construction material engineering properties used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and knowledge of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation. Candidates must pass the written exam.

Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level III COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level III is an intermediate-level credential for field and laboratory technicians engaged specifically in the testing and inspection of construction soil. Candidates qualify for level three with 5 years of experience of which at least three years must include soil QA/QC experience. Candidates must have knowledge of construction material engineering properties used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and knowledge of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation. Candidates must pass the written exam, submit a supervisor’s verification of the candidate’s experience and a personal recommendation.

Click here to go to Architectural Apprentice Drafter COOL Snapshot page.

The Architectural Apprentice Drafter certification is part of an examination system which the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) developed almost 20 years ago to establish a credentialing system based on an individual's competency level. It is recommended that the recipient have one year of on-the-job training or 400-600 Contact Hours of practical discipline specific education before applying.

Click here to go to Mechanical Apprentice Drafter COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), Mechanical Apprentice Drafter is an entry-level engineering certification for individuals who seek professionalization in mechanical drafting. Mechanical Apprentice Drafter applicants are required to meet training requirements and must take the exam.

Click here to go to Architectural Certified Drafter COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), Architectural Certified Drafter (ACD) certification is part of an examination system developed to establish an individual's competency level. ADDA does not have any eligibility requirements for the ACD examination; however, it is recommended that candidates complete two years of on-the-job training or 800 - 1200 contact hours of practical discipline specific education. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Mechanical Certified Drafter COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), Mechanical Certified Drafter (MCD) certification is part of an examination system developed to establish an individual's competency level. ADDA does not have any eligibility requirements for the MCD examination; however, it is recommended that candidates complete two years of on-the-job training or 800 - 1200 contact hours of practical discipline specific education. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Level I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Level I is an entry-level credential for professionals who have basic knowledge of field operations and procedures used in survey work; additional skills required include computational ability, survey note taking, drafting/CAD and map reading. Candidates for the CST Level I credential should be familiar with various types of surveys and survey field equipment. In addition to surveyor skills, candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge of basic first aid and safety requirements. Candidates for the CST are required to pass the written exam.

Click here to go to Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Field Track Level II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Field Track Level II is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who have experience in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Candidates for the CST Field Track Level II credential are required to demonstrate detailed knowledge of survey computations, types of surveys, field operations, and applications of standard field equipment. Candidates should also be familiar with comprehensive field note taking, plan reading, and preparation. Candidates must take and pass an exam.

Click here to go to Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Office Track Level II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Office Track Level II is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who have experience in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Candidates for the CST Office Track Level II credential should be familiar with various types of surveys and survey field equipment, field operations, and demonstrating detailed knowledge of survey computations. Candidates must have knowledge of the principles of the profession and the ability to use hardware and software-based tools needed in survey work. Candidates are expected to be familiar with comprehensive field note taking, plan reading and preparation. Candidates must take and pass an exam.

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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