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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, from an engineering or industrial hygiene degree program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or a Master of Science (MS) in radiation health physics; or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in chemistry or physics; or an engineering or radiation science program approved by the 43E Associate Chief; or, 
    • For graduates of a United States Service Academy, possess a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in engineering, biology, chemistry, or physics. 
  • 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
  • For AFSC 4B071 (Bioenvironmental Engineering Craftsmen), possess a BS, or higher, in the degrees explained in the first paragraph of A-shred (above); or, a BS or MS in a closely related degree with coursework preapproved by the 43E Associate Chief. Coursework must include at least 40 semester hours of math and science. Recommended coursework must demonstrate a strong technical basis and should include selected coursework from the following:  Physics (calculus-based), Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, Analytic Geometry, Elementary Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Classical/Engineering Mechanics, Statics, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Ceramics, Material Science, Circuits, Electromagnetics, Modern Physics, Nuclear Physics, Optics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Ergonomics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Genomics, Organic Chemistry, and other advanced engineering, physics, biology, and chemistry courses all at 200 level or higher. 
  • 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


  • 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.