As an Engineer Corps Officer manage an elite team constructing and maintaining roads and airfields, demolishing bridges and providing services such as water, power generation, fire-fighting and sewerage.
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Royal Military College Duntroon, Officer (Reserve), Australian Defence Force Academy
The role of Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) is to assist in maintaining the mobility of our own forces, deny freedom of movement to the enemy, (counter-mobility), and provide general engineering support. It encompasses construction (civil), geomatic and combat engineering.
Typical tasks of the RAE include:
Mobility Tasks. Typical mobility tasks are:
Counter Mobility Tasks.
- The construction, repair and maintenance of roads, airfields and bridges;
- The construction and operation of bridging equipment and ferries;
- The breaching and clearing of obstacles (such as minefields);
- Unexploded bomb disposal and booby trap clearance; and
- The provision of terrain assessment advice.
Typical counter-mobility tasks are:
General Engineering Tasks.
- The construction of field defences and obstacles, and
- The execution of demolitions.
Typical general engineering tasks are:
Geomatic Engineering (Surveying) Tasks.
- The construction, repair and maintenance of facilities such as airfields, bridges, railways, ports, roads, buildings and bulk fuel installations;
- The provision of essential services such as water, electric power generation and reticulation, fire fighting, sewerage, drainage and waste disposal, cold storage and air conditioning, winning of local resources, (eg timber and gravel);
- Large scale counter-surveillance and deception measures, (such as camouflage of buildings and bridges);
- Decontamination of areas attacked by nuclear, biological or chemical weapons; and
- Aid to the civil community.
Typical geomatic engineering tasks include:
- Surveying, photogrammetry, cartography and printing associated with conventional topographic maps; and
- Provision of digital maps and other digital topographic projects required to support the following ADF systems: command, communications, intelligence, weapons, navigation, mission planning and training simulation. The provision of digital topographic support is the dominant activity for those involved in these duties.
As a combat support arm, engineers are required to be able to fight in the role of infantry. Engineers are also responsible to Navy and Airforce for beach information, the construction of airfields and sea terminal facilities, and the provision of construction materials.