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As an Engineering Duty Officer, you make the fleet function. You design, develop and deploy the world’s deadliest ships and integrated warfare systems. Use your skills in math and science to put the stealth in submarines and the muscle into the modern combat fleet. From shipboard communication systems, to technologically advanced weapons, to the ship hulls themselves, it’s up to you to construct the strength of our fleet. We need you to help us engineer the Navy of tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge?
Guide or conduct basic research, exploratory research and advanced development to meet high-priority operational needs
Lead the design of new ships and their systems, supervising the integration of weapons and electronic systems into these ships
Oversee the planning, execution and testing of the repair and modernization of ships and ship systems
Your work as an Engineering Duty Officer is highly valued and can take you virtually anywhere. Most EDOs are stationed on shore commands in Washington, DC or San Diego, CA—however, there are opportunities for exciting sea tours around the world. Overseas assignments are available in Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Engineering Duty Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, Engineering Duty Officers may serve anywhere in the world, including within stateside facilities, at foreign ports of call or even in developing towns and villages.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
All Engineering Duty Officers must complete professional training and gain experience through:
Formal Engineering Duty Qualification Program (EDQP)
ED Basic Acquisition and Senior Leadership Course
Certification in LEAN/Six Sigma
Membership to the Acquisition Corps
Advanced Management Program (AMP) Course
Postgraduate Education with Doctorate Opportunities
Promotion opportunities are more regularly available than other officer career fields, but they are competitive and based on performance. This is an officer career and not available for enlisted Sailors in the Navy.
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training)—or the equivalent of that.
Engineering Duty Officers in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must be met.
All Engineering Duty Officers earn a technical Master’s Degree at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) or Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in one of the following disciplines:
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Combat Systems Engineering
Space Systems Engineering
Naval Construction & Engineering
You may continue your education through:
Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
Post-9/11 GI Bill
Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Engineering Duty Officers can advance their education by completing Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) at one of the various service colleges.
To join the Navy as an officer, you must have U.S. citizenship, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, a normal color perception, vision correctable to 20/20 and meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance.
To become an Engineering Duty Officer specifically, you must go through the EDO Option or Lateral Transfer.
The EDO Option is available to candidates at NROTC Units, United States Naval Academy, Officer Candidate School, Seaman-to-Admiral 21 and Merchant Marine Reserve. Requirements include a science or engineering major with a “B” average, and class rank is considered.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.
Lateral Transfer boards meet twice a year, usually in June and November. Good EDO candidates are warfare qualified, have a strong performance background and are academically qualified to pursue a technical Master’s Degree.