The Mission of the EDO School is to improve the professional proficiency of both Active Duty and Reserve Engineering Duty Officers (EDs) through training in plans, programs, policies, and procedures by which the Navy accomplishes the life cycle engineering of naval ships and systems. It serves as a focal point for the Engineering Duty Officer (ED) Community development enabling them to apply practical knowledge and experience to integrate science, technology and design into affordable ships and systems.
The primary function is to manage a continuum of training for EDs. Entry-level indoctrination for newly-selected EDs occurs in the Basic Course, which covers research and development, acquisition, maintenance and modernization of ships and ship systems, combat and weapon systems, ordnance and electronic systems. Technical responsibility for this curriculum resides with Naval Sea Systems Command and the Defense Acquisition University. Basic Course graduates earn credit for two Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) courses, ACQ 101 and 201. Mid-career training occurs in the Senior Course, which is attended by recently selected ED Commanders to develop those leadership skills unique to senior positions in the acquisition workforce. The Senior Course also provides the students with an update on the technical and programmatic issues facing the Navy and the EDO community. Additionally, to further enhance the mid-career ED training, EDO School manages ED participation in the Advanced Management Program (AMP), which provides focused training in the areas of business and financial management. Finally, EDO School provides a significant input to the New ED Captains Seminar, which provides a broadened Acquisition Corps and ED leadership perspective for newly selected ED Captains.
EDO School plays a key role in the administration of the Engineering Duty Officer Qualification Program (EDQP), which may be dubbed the “ED Apprentice Program.” This role involves assignment and support of EDQP Certifying Officers, participation in oral examinations, development of recommendations for changes to the Engineering Duty Officer Qualification Board (EDQB), and tracking each ED candidate’s progress through completion.
EDO School touches 100 percent of all EDs at several points in their careers. During any given year, over 20 percent of the EDO community will cycle through the School either as a student or a guest speaker. This puts EDO School at front and center of a rigorous and dynamic training environment that is critical to the success of every EDO.