"We Build, We Fight" Construction

From state-of-the-art bases and high-tech communications centers to port facilities and airstrips, the Navy completes hundreds of construction, renovation, maintenance and road projects all over the world each year. And no job site would be complete without the skilled members of the Navy Construction Battalion – the Seabees. They stand among the most capable construction workers on earth and live up to a bold motto: "We Build, We Fight."

Construction Job Description

Amazing efficiency, teamwork and reliability – combined with an ability to build almost anything permanent or portable – make the Navy Construction Battalion an essential part of America’s Navy. No degree is required to become a member, but Navy Construction demands detail-oriented, resourceful and creative personnel.

On this team, you will have the opportunity to take on any one of a number of important roles and responsibilities in the construction trades, each of which are highly sought after in both the military and civilian sectors. Available jobs in the Navy Construction Battalion include:

  • Builder
  • Construction Electrician
  • Construction Mechanic
  • Engineering Aid
  • Equipment Operator
  • Steelworker
  • Utilitiesman

Specific Job Responsibilities

As a Seabee, you could find yourself doing grade work at a critical airstrip location. Conducting tests on soil samples for an amphibious landing zone. Or helping erect the framework of a new barracks facility.

Here your skills may be called upon to:

  • Assist engineers with final construction plans
  • Prepare land surveys, maps, sketches, drawings and blueprints
  • Operate bulldozers, backhoes, forklifts, cranes and asphalt equipment
  • Perform finish work, including installing drywall, paneling, ceramic tile, ceiling and floor tile, millwork and trim
  • Install, operate or repair heating and cooling systems, power production, electrical distribution, and plumbing systems

Work Environment

At any point in time, Seabees are out there constructing all manner of structures in just about every environment imaginable. You may work at Navy bases or ports of call around the globe. You may be deployed to help develop or rebuild areas affected by natural disasters. And whatever the setting, you’ll routinely team with some of the best construction professionals and engineers in the business.

Training, Education & Advancement

Training received in this field often translates to credit hours toward a college degree. You may also have the chance to continue your education with the help of the Navy through opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance.


A four-year degree is not required to become a member of the Navy construction community.

After the Navy

Skills you acquire in the Navy transfer easily to jobs in the civilian sector. Construction is one of the country’s largest industries and has a substantial percentage of self-employed individuals working in high-paying jobs. You’ll be prepared for a variety of jobs, including work as a:

  • Carpenter
  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Hydroelectric mechanic
  • Surveyor
  • Operator of heavy equipment and machinery

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.