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General Description

Builders make up the largest segment of the Naval Construction Force. They work as carpenters, plasterers, roofers, concrete finishers, masons, painters, bricklayers, and cabinet makers. This is a 5 year enlistment program.
What They Do
The duties performed by BUs include:

  • building and repairing wood, masonry concrete, and steel structures;
  • installing interior finish work, including installing sheet rock, paneling or ceramic tile walls and installing ceiling and floor tile, millwork and trim;
  • operating carpentry, cabinet-making, and tool and equipment repair shops;
    building forms for concrete construction;
  • mixing, placing and finishing concrete;
    operating concrete batch plants, portable concrete mixers and other concrete finishing equipment and tools;
  • building wharves, bridges and other heavy timber structures;
  • reading and interpreting blueprints and preparing sketches for projects;
  • making estimates of material, labor, and equipment requirements.

Working Environment
BU's may work in a variety of conditions, independently or as members of a large team. Their many different duties may be performed in climates ranging from desert to arctic.
ASVAB: AR + MC + AS = 145