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30th Engineering Squadron (30CES)

Service or Branch: Air Force

Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), Lompoc, CA

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STEM Fields: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

The 30th Engineer Squadron is a subordinate unit of the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) at Peterson Air Force Base (AFB), CO. The Squadron is part of and located with the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg AFB. The Wing’s mission/vision/priority is to provide indispensable launch, landing, and range capabilities to the Nation and to be the world’s preeminent spaceport and test range by executing today’s mission flawlessly, posturing the Wing for the future, and developing and supporting Air Force personnel.

The 30th Engineer Squadron is the central organization sustaining, building, and operating infrastructure supporting the launching and space tracking of military space systems including satellite systems for communications, intelligence, early warning, tracking, surveillance, weather and navigation (GPS) applications and for space control and launch systems. The 30th Engineer Squadron works repair, maintenance, and new construction projects requiring engineering skills in order to manage annual construction contracts ranging from $25M to $50M a year. For certain positions in the Squadron, a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect license is required. The 99,000-acre Vandenberg AFB is situated on the central coast of California and offers the unique capability of polar-orbit space launches and Pacific Ocean-target missile launches. The closest city is Lompoc, CA, and other closest cities include Santa Barbara to the south and Santa Maria to the north.