As a Quarrying Specialist in the Army National Guard, you’ll move mountains, reducing massive rocks to rubble to create gravel and stones for construction projects using explosives and heavy machinery.
The quarrying process begins with blasting rock, and ends with delivering the finished product to a construction site. In between, rock usually goes through two crushing stages and a washing station. Maintenance, repair, and upkeep of the machinery are also a part of this specialty.
• Operate air compressors, pneumatic tools, hydraulic-powered rock drills, rock crushers, and screening equipment
• Run the support equipment during crushing and screening (e.g. generators, conveyors, light sets, and pumps)
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• Operation of different types of equipment
• Maintenance and repair of equipment
• General construction principles
• Interest in operating quarry construction equipment
• Preference for working outdoors
• Interest in explosives and blasting techniques
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with building contractors, state highway agencies, rock quarries, well drillers, or construction firms.
Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to learn. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for a Quarrying Specialist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT), including practice operating construction equipment. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.
The National Guard is a unique element of the U.S. military that serves both community and country. The Guard responds to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more. Any state governor or the President of the United States can call on the Guard in a moment’s notice. Guard Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining their military training part time. Guard Soldiers’ primary area of operation is their home state.
The Guard dates back to 1636, when Citizen-Soldiers formed militias to defend community and country. And for 377 years, the Guard has stayed true to its roots. Enlisting in the National Guard means more time at home. Training typically requires one weekend each month, with a two-week training period once each year. Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a lifetime and earn pride for life. When you become a Guard Soldier, your family will thank you, your country will thank you and your future will owe you. Contact a recruiter to find more specifics about your opportunities in the Army National Guard.