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Engineering (Non-Construction) Functional Community Overview

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has one of the world’s largest engineering workforces. The Department’s non-construction Engineering civilian workforce is made up of nearly 75,000 engineers. This community consists of positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work.

Over the last two decades, U.S. combat power has been delivered by increasingly complex, integrated, high-technology systems and capabilities. This transformation has occurred at every echelon of the Department, from our national space capabilities to the tools used by the individual dismounted infantryman. These complex, integrated systems present new and unique challenges to the Department’s ENG(NC) competencies.

The Department’s ENG(NC) Functional Community has evolved to remain relevant to emerging defense challenges. ENG(NC) leaders within the department are increasingly sought after today for their ability to think beyond traditional professional stovepipes and for their ability to integrate multi-disciplinary technical solutions to real world problems. The modern Defense engineer has a deep understanding of systems thinking and has the ability to appreciate and integrate multiple technical specialties in the context of military products and missions. The Department leverages the broad ENG(NC) Functional Community to provide and support critical design, analysis, and assessment efforts across all DoD mission areas.

For more information on the DoD Functional Communities, refer to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness (USD(P&R) Strategic Human Capital Planning Division's website (CAC-enabled).