5th Engineer Squadron (5CES)
Service or Branch: Air Force
Location: 5th Engineer Squadron, ND
STEM Fields: Electrical EngineeringA typical Air Force installation consists of operational facilities (e.g., hangars, flightlines), training facilities, support facilities, housing, and base-wide infrastructure (e.g., utility systems). It also includes natural infrastructure assets, such as air, space, land, and water resources. Installation engineering squadrons maintain the installation by the planning, acquiring, building, sustaining, managing, operating, and divesting of both natural and manmade infrastructure. These squadrons ensure installations have the natural infrastructure to support current and future missions and to maintain compliance with environmental requirements. To complete their mission, installation engineering squadrons at Air Force bases encompass a variety of occupational areas including engineering disciplines, architects, realty specialists, housing managers, environmental professionals, financial managers, biologists, firefighters, electricians, carpenters, painters, and more. Minot Air Force Base is located in north central North Dakota. The area is predominantly known for agriculture and the Bakken oil formation. Minot Air Force Base is home to two wings and the US Air Force’s only base which comprises two components of the nuclear triad. The base has a strong, proud history of providing global strike and nuclear deterrence capabilities for the nation dating back to the 1950’s. The 5th Bomb Wing’s B-52H Stratofortress bombers serve as part of the Air Force’s strategic and conventional combat force, and the 91st Missile Wing is one of three intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) bases in the Department of Defense. The base, along with its missile sites, covers over 8,500 square miles. The base population is around 12,000 military, dependents, and civilians. The 5th Engineer Squadron is home to over 400 personnel of which over 100 are civilians. The 5th Engineer Squadron employees, in their engineering sections of the squadron, manage contractor executed construction projects from planning into design through completion for all base facility and infrastructure assets. Other section activities include base and project comprehensive planning, requirements, programming, and serving as the base energy engineers. Those working in the squadron operations engineering section perform asset analysis to identify critical assets and develop maintenance schedules that prolong the life of these assets (buildings and infrastructure components such as airfields, roads, and utility systems) while reducing overall maintenance costs.