OSMS and YOU: Aeronautical Engineer

This blog post is the 15th in a series of posts highlighting the various specialties and sub-specialties offered by the recently launched Officer Specialty Management System. Stay tuned as we share key information about each specialty/sub-specialty in the coming weeks!




Written by Lt. Cmdr. Keith Thomas

What is an ENG-15 Officer Specialty Code?


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Each year, a panel meets to select 12 qualified aviators for the prestigious Aeronautical Engineering Officer Training Program. There are typically 50-70 applicants for this one-year resident training program. Candidates most competitive for selection are those who have displayed sustained high levels of performance, demonstrated highly effective leadership skills, and show strong potential for post-graduate training. Candidates should also demonstrate outstanding aeronautical skills with documented performance (OER/endorsement) of upgrading in their respective aircraft.

Once selected, the student engineer completes a one-year syllabus at an air station, under the guidance of the chief aeronautical engineer. In addition, the students attend resident training at CG-41, Aviation Logistics Center, and several aeronautical engineering industry courses.

Completion of the syllabus results in the member being designated as an “Aeronautical Engineer,” and provides a ENG-15 Officer Specialty assignment. Their first assignment as an Aeronautical Engineer will typically be as a platform assistant engineering officer where they will continue to fly as an operational pilot while leading the air station’s engineering department in administration, logistics, and maintenance management.


Fleet Aircraft at ALC


After a rewarding tour as an AEO, aeronautical engineers typically move on to either post-graduate studies, posting as the chief engineering officer at an air station, or a rewarding staff tour at either CG-41, Office of Aeronautical Engineering or the Aviation Logistics Center. CG-41 establishes objectives, policies, responsibilities, and resource levels for the life-cycle sustainment of the Coast Guard’s aviation enterprise. The ALC provides aviation support in depot level maintenance, engineering, supply, procurement, information services, and acquisition project execution. Below is a list of advanced education opportunities for designated Aeronautical Engineers:

  • Aeronautical Engineering Administration (MSIA): The Master of Science in Industrial Administration (MSIA) program is a 12-month program offered by the Kranert School of Management at Purdue University.
  • Aeronautical Engineering (Structures): The Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering is a 24-month program normally offered by the School of Astronautics and Aeronautics at Purdue University.
  • Aeronautical Engineering (Avionics/Project Management): Avionics / Project Management is an 18-month program emphasizing Avionics Systems Engineering and Acquisition Management.


Student Engineering Class of 2014


CG-41 monitors and mentors the career progression of every designated Aeronautical Engineer, from selection and training as a student through assignment to O-6 level command and staff assignments. Almost every designated aeronautical engineer remains active within the program until the senior O-5 level; at this point they become very competitive for air station executive officer or commanding officer.

The program also advocates and sponsors out of specialty rotations in key staff assignments such as CG-82 program reviewers, acquisitions, congressional affairs, flag/presidential aide, and other special staff assignments. For more information on this rewarding Officer Specialty, contact the deputy program manager for the Office of Aeronautical Engineering (CG-41 at (202) 475-5568 or visit our Portal page at https://cgportal2.uscg.mil/units/cg41/SitePages/Home.aspx


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