Product Manager Combat Engineer and Material Handling Systems
Lead the acquisition of Combat Engineer and Material Handling Systems to provide Soldiers with equipment that fulfills their wartime and peacetime operational requirements.
To be recognized as a Ready, Reliable, Responsive and Innovative Department of the Army Expert in Commercial and Non-Developmental Item (CaNDI) Acquisition
The engineering, production, fielding, logistical support and modernization of the US Army’s Construction Engineer/Material Handling Equipment Fleet worldwide.
The PdM Combat Engineer / Material Handling Systems' (PdM CE/MHE) mission is to lead the acquisition of Combat Engineer and Material Handling Systems to provide Soldiers with equipment that fulfills their wartime and peacetime operational requirements. Currently managing or supporting an estimated 21 different programs with an FY 12-FY 16 budget of more than $1.1B, PdM CE/MHE is responsible for the engineering, production, fielding, logistical support and modernization of the US Army’s Construction Engineer/Material Handling Equipment Fleet worldwide.
Examples of products include new systems like the High-Mobility Engineer Excavator, Engineer Mission Module-Water Distributor, Paving Machine, Backhoe Loaders, Hydraulic Excavators, Light and Medium Dozers, Light and Heavy loaders, Grader, Asphalt Mixing Plants, Route Remediation Equipment, Enhanced Rapid Airfield and Construction Capability, Route Clearance and Interrogation Systems, and Skid Steer Loaders. These programs support the current engineer forces within Stryker, Heavy and Infantry Brigade Combat Teams, Engineer Support Companies, Vertical and Horizontal Companies, Asphalt and Concrete Teams, and Multi-Role Bridge Companies. PdM CE/MHE also supports the Transportation, Quartermaster, Medical, Aviation, and Military Police Corps.
The High-Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE-I) is a non-developmental, military-unique vehicle that will be fielded to the Army’s brigade combat teams and other selected engineer units, replacing the Small Emplacement Excavator (SEE), whose life cycle ended in FY 2005. The high mobility of the HMEE-I provides an earthmoving machine capable of maintaining pace with the Army’s current and future combat systems. The HMEE-I is a diesel-engine-driven, self-propelled, four-wheel-drive vehicle with a hydraulically operated front-mounted loader bucket and a hydraulically operated rear-mounted backhoe bucket. The HMEE-I has a 1.5-cubic yard front-loader bucket, a 0.28-cubic yard backhoe bucket, a 14-foot digging depth, and a climate-controlled cab. The HMEE-I was designed to maintain pace with maneuver units and has a top speed of 60 mph.
Another recently emerging activity with a broad range of engineering applications involves the development of Engineer Mission Modules. Permanently mounted on standard logistics flatracks, the modules are loaded via truck load-handling equipment, which allows drivers to configure their systems for a specific mission. By using fewer trucks and more modules, the concept provides a cost-effective means of modernizing the fleet of engineer construction equipment. PLS flatrack configurations in production include the M5 bituminous distributor, which has a capacity of 2,800 gallons; the M6 concrete mobile mixer, which has a capacity of 5 cubic yards when used on the PLS truck or trailer and 8 cubic yards when used on the ground as a batch plant; and the M6 dump body, which has a capacity of 12 to 14 cubic yards. Currently under development are the XM9 2,000-gallon water distributor for use with the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck-Load Handling System (HEMTT-LHS) and the XM10 3,000-gallon water distributor for use with the PLS truck. Other modules being considered include a fuel module, a well-drilling system and a chemical decontamination unit.