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Engineering (ENG) Career Field Overview

Engineering is critical to the acquisition process; members of this acquisition workforce are responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, managing, overseeing, and/or performing research and engineering activities within defense acquisition programs. The acquisition Engineering (ENG) workforce has a vital role in fielding high-quality, affordable, supportable, and effective defense systems.

Its role requires evolving and verifying an integrated, total life cycle balanced set of systems, people, and process solutions that satisfy the customer’s needs and meet department affordability goals/caps. This requires technical competency, critical and strategic thinking, knowledge of various product domains, and knowledge of other technical disciplines. Specific expertise is demonstrated in the ability to organize, analyze, conduct, and/or monitor engineering activities relating to the design, development, fabrication, installation, modification, sustainment, and/or analysis of systems or system elements. Additionally, the acquisition ENG professional is versed in DoD 5000-series policy documents and current issues in systems acquisition management.

Acquisition ENG workforce members may hold a variety of positions to include: project officer, project engineer, scientist, supervising project engineer, computer engineer/scientist, operations research analyst, software engineer, naval architect, or support technician. An acquisition ENG workforce member may also hold a specialty engineering position such as materials or structures engineer, reliability engineer, design engineer, or cost engineer.

For the most current information, visit the ENG Career Gateway on the Defense Acquisition Portal.

Recruitment Brochure

To help attract new talent to the DoD engineering workforce, a new recruitment brochure has been developed in coordination with Service and Agency representatives. This recruitment aid is intended to augment existing Service and Agency recruiting and marketing material, and provides messaging to increase DoD’s recognition as one of the best places to work as an engineer. In the brochure are examples showcasing how you can make a difference as a DoD engineer; descriptions highlighting the innovative work accomplished by the Department; and vignettes describing roles you can look forward to as a DoD engineer. Also included are figures displaying the wide geographic distribution and variety of civilian engineers employed by DoD.

2013 Consolidation and Renaming of SPRDE Career Field as ENG Career Field

As Functional Leader for the Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (SPRDE) career field, in 2013 DASD(SE) proposed restructuring the career field to consolidate the Systems Engineering and Program Systems Engineer (PSE) career paths into one career field. The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) authorized the restructuring and directed that the consolidated career field be renamed Engineering (ENG).

A September 16, 2013, USD(AT&L) memo announced the transition. The name change to ENG was effective September 16, 2013. The elimination of PSE as a separate career path was effective October 1, 2013. Current SPRDE-PSE workforce members, and those in the process of being certified, will transfer to the consolidated and renamed ENG career field. These changes are intended to simplify processes, reduce cost, and leverage the SPRDE-PSE workforce expertise across the larger systems engineering workforce.

Individuals with questions about these changes or the impact on their own DAWIA certification should contact their respective Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM).