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Engineering Duty Officer


Engineering Duty (ED) Officers are the technical and business leaders of the Navy. We are a unique cadre (~800) of highly motivated Naval officers with a broad continuum of operational(fleet) experience and engineering expertise. EDs develop ships and integrated warfare systems to meet the needs of our deployed Navy and Marine forces. We lead the integration of research and development, design, acquisition, construction, maintenance, modernization, and life cycle management.

The ED Community is looking for top performers in Ship Systems Engineering, in Combat Systems and in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) who want to make a difference in today’s Navy and in the Navy of tomorrow.

All EDs earn a Master’s Degree at either the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in one of these technical disciplines: Naval Architecture, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Systems Engineering, Space Systems Engineering, Naval/Mechanical Engineering, Combat Systems, or Computer Science. Select officers may apply for advanced degree programs (including PhD) to develop Navy experts in particular technical fields. EDs also participate in Continuing Education to maintain technical proficiency.

Careers in the ED Community are flexible and typically tailored to match the technical expertise and interests of the individual officer. EDs usually focus on one or more of the following Career Areas:

Research and Development (R&D)

EDs in Research and Development provide the fleet’s perspective to the Navy’s laboratories, warfare centers, and the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). R&D EDs guide or conduct basic research, exploratory research, and advanced development to meet high priority operational needs. Premier jobs are the Commanding Officer positions at the Warfare Centers and the Naval Research Lab (NRL).

Acquisition Program Management

Acquisition Program Management includes establishing the requirements for and leading the design of new ships and their systems, supervising the integration of weapons and electronic systems into these ships, and serving in the Program Offices acquiring ships and their systems. The premier jobs in this field are the Major Program Manager positions for multi-billion dollar acquisition programs and the Supervisors of Shipbuilding.

Fleet Maintenance Support

Approximately 50% of ED jobs are associated with Fleet Maintenance Support. Most positions are in Naval Shipyards, Regional Maintenance Centers, the Supervisor of Shipbuilding at private shipyards, and Fleet Command Staffs. Officers in these positions supervise the planning, execution, and testing of the repair and modernization of ships and ship systems. The premier Fleet Maintenance Support jobs are the Naval Shipyard Commander, the Regional Maintenance Center Commander, and Supervisors of Shipbuilding positions.