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Bioenvironmental Engineering 43E1 (X)

Eligibility Requirements:


  • Applicants who meet the criteria for Health Physics, Medical Physics, and/or Architecture / Engineering / Medical Construction may also be eligible to apply for 43E1A ('general' BEE). Opportunities vary depending upon FY requirements and 43E corps needs.  Confirm with the 43E1A consultant and AFRS prior to application submission.
  • Multiple educational and work experience backgrounds qualify candidates for accession.
  • Run all questionable degrees/experience/certification up through the appropriate 43E consultant and AFRS prior to submitting the application.

Engineering (43E1A):

Possess a baccalaureate degree or higher in engineering from an institution with that curricular program area accredited at the engineering level by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or, possess a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in biology, chemistry, physics, health physics, industrial hygiene, or other degree approved by the 43E associate chief and hold a certification  from  the  American  Board  of  Health  Physics (ABHP), or the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), or pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination.

Health Physics (43E1G):

Health Physics requires a MS or higher in radiation  health physics, radiological protection engineering or another radiation science acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF, from a degree program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, or recognized as a graduate degree program by the Health Physics Society, or alternatively present official proof of professional board certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Health Physics.

Medical Physics (43E1M):

Medical Physics requires a MS in medical physics granted from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) OR a non-CAMPEP accredited MS AND American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification.

Architecture / Engineering / Medical Construction (43E1C):

Architecture requires a BS, BARCH, or higher degree in architecture from an institution accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). Engineering requires a BS or higher in architectural, civil, mechanical, electrical, or structural engineering from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). Construction requires a baccalaureate or higher in facility construction from an institution accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

Description of Bioenvironmental Engineer Positions:

Bioenvironmental engineers assess occupational and environmental health risks to eliminate or minimize health threats to Air Force personnel wherever they operate.  They evaluate and approve potable and non-potable water systems and sources to determine health risks associated with water quality. Bioenvironmental engineers supervise bioenvironmental engineering technicians and work with physicians, public health officers, base civil engineers, safety officers and emergency management personnel while acting as liaison with local, state and federal health and pollution control agencies.  During contingency operations they respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) health threats to identify, evaluate and control health hazards and advise leaders on how to minimize risks.  Medical and Health Physicists specialize in radiation safety aspects of nuclear medicine, nuclear materials, and other aspects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.  Bioenvironmental engineers specializing in architecture / medical construction represent the Air Force surgeon general in all matters concerning the planning, programming, design and construction of Air Force medical facilities. In addition, they provide architectural and engineering consultative services for Air Force medical facilities worldwide.

There is no AFCCVO requirement for this AFSC