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Responsibilities

Engineering Duty Officers uphold the Navy’s priorities for on-time delivery of ships and submarines, improving the warfighting capability of ships and subs and maintaining a robust cybersecurity network. They are the force behind the fleet who are responsible for:

  • Guiding or conducting basic research, exploratory research and advanced development to meet high-priority operational needs and enable a culture of affordability.
  • Leading the design of new ships and their systems, supervising the integration of weapons and electronic systems into these ships; empowering and equipping our talented workforce.
  • Overseeing the planning, execution and testing of the repair and modernization of ships and ship systems by creating an innovative, high-velocity learning environment.

Engineering Duty Officers uphold the Navy’s priorities for on-time delivery of ships and submarines, improving the warfighting capability of ships and subs and maintaining a robust cybersecurity network. They are the force behind the fleet who are responsible for:

  • Guiding or conducting basic research, exploratory research and advanced development to meet high-priority operational needs and enable a culture of affordability.
  • Leading the design of new ships and their systems, supervising the integration of weapons and electronic systems into these ships; empowering and equipping our talented workforce.
  • Overseeing the planning, execution and testing of the repair and modernization of ships and ship systems by creating an innovative, high-velocity learning environment.

Work Environment

Your work as an Engineering Duty Officer is highly valued and can take you virtually anywhere. Most EDOs are stationed at shore commands in Washington, DC, Norfolk, VA or San Diego, CA—however, there are opportunities for exciting sea tours around the world in Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Your work as an Engineering Duty Officer is highly valued and can take you virtually anywhere. Most EDOs are stationed at shore commands in Washington, DC, Norfolk, VA or San Diego, CA—however, there are opportunities for exciting sea tours around the world in Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Training & Advancement

All Engineering Duty Officers have a warfighting foundation, are technically skilled and are committed to a continuous business education. Engineering Duty Officers must complete professional training and gain experience through:

This is an officer career and not available for enlisted Sailors in the Navy.

All Engineering Duty Officers have a warfighting foundation, are technically skilled and are committed to a continuous business education. Engineering Duty Officers must complete professional training and gain experience through:

This is an officer career and not available for enlisted Sailors in the Navy.

Education Opportunities

All Engineering Duty Officers are required to obtain a Master’s degree in a technical curriculum from the Naval Postgraduate School or Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Naval Postgraduate School (with Doctorate Opportunities)

Curriculum Listing:

  • Naval/Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronics Engineering
  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Combat Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Space Systems Engineering (Applied Physics)
  • Computer Science

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Curriculum Listing:

  • Naval Construction and Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering

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All Engineering Duty Officers are required to obtain a Master’s degree in a technical curriculum from the Naval Postgraduate School or Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Naval Postgraduate School (with Doctorate Opportunities)

Curriculum Listing:

  • Naval/Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronics Engineering
  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Combat Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Space Systems Engineering (Applied Physics)
  • Computer Science

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Curriculum Listing:

  • Naval Construction and Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering

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Qualifications & Requirements

A four-year degree from an accredited U.S. college or university is required to become an Engineering Duty Officer. There are different routes to becoming an EDO. If you’re a high school student or an undergraduate, you can enter through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) or through the U.S. Naval Academy. Those already possessing a degree attend Officer Candidate School (OCS), a 12-week Navy school in Newport, RI.

The Engineering Duty Officer community does not have direct accessions through the USNA/NROTC commissioning sources. ED accessions are warfare-qualified officers who are strong performers and academically qualified to pursue a technical Master’s Degree.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

A four-year degree from an accredited U.S. college or university is required to become an Engineering Duty Officer. There are different routes to becoming an EDO. If you’re a high school student or an undergraduate, you can enter through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) or through the U.S. Naval Academy. Those already possessing a degree attend Officer Candidate School (OCS), a 12-week Navy school in Newport, RI.

The Engineering Duty Officer community does not have direct accessions through the USNA/NROTC commissioning sources. ED accessions are warfare-qualified officers who are strong performers and academically qualified to pursue a technical Master’s Degree.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.