HECU Engineer

{{Enemy Infobox
|image=FileHECU engineer.png|250px
|name=HECU Engineer
|affiliation=Hazardous Environment Combat Unit
|type=WikipediaMilitary engineer|Military engineer
|weapons=Desert Eagle
*Blow torch
|designer=Stephen Bahlhttp//www.valvetime.net/threads/marc-laidlaw-vault.114535/page-5 Stephen Bahl as quoted on ''Marc Laidlaw Vault'' on the ValveTime.net Forums{{IA|20020809101006/http//www.gearboxsoftware.com/stephenb.html|Stephen Bahl's Profile|the official Gearbox Software website}}
|voice=Jon St. John
{{Quote|Who needs a locksmith, eh, Shephard? Heh heh heh. |Engineer|Half-Life Opposing Force|FileLocksmith.ogg}}

The '''HECU Engineer''' is an HECU class formally introduced as an ally in ''Half-Life Opposing Force''. He is trained to cut through sealed doors or gates using his blow torch.

FileEngineer torch santego.jpg|An Engineer using his blow torch to open a sealed door during Shephard's Squad Training at Santego.|thumb|200px|left

*The Engineer is equipped with the tools necessary to adapt to changing situations in the field,''Half-Life Opposing Force'' instruction manual mostly by cutting through sealed doors or floor grates with his blow torch. To have him using his torch, he has to be led to the target door, although he sometimes starts working without being ordered when close enough to the door. He wears special goggles to protect his eyes from the blow torch's light.

*Like a regular soldier, the Engineer is also capable of fighting with his Desert Eagle.

*Keeping an Engineer alive is very important when only one is available to clear the path, as the mission may fail if the Engineer is killed.

*One should also be careful not to allow the torch fuel tank to sustain damage. If the canister is pierced, it is likely to explode.''Half-Life Opposing Force'' instruction manual

*Engineers have been known to light torches using their cigarette.

*The Engineer only directly appears in ''Opposing Force'', where it is first introduced in the training chapter, ''Boot Camp'', during the "Squad Training" exercise. In the other games, is presence is only suggested when a door is cut, the Marines standing behind being only generic models.

==Behind the scenes==
A larger, self-contained version of the blow torch is available to the regular HECU forces when an Engineer is not available. This has the tanks mounted to a handcart, rather than on an Engineer's backpack. This variety only appears in ''Blue Shift''.


FileHd hecu engineer.png|Half-Life High Definition Pack|High Definition version.
FileOpfor goose7group.jpg|List of minor HECU members, an Engineer, aboard Osprey Heliplane|Goose 7.
FileOpfor engineerwounded.jpg|A Medic heals a wounded Engineer.
FileMissing In Action soldiers.jpg|An Engineer and another soldier who have been left behind like Shephard.
FileHldemo3 torch01.jpg|The blow torch's first appearance in ''Half-Life Uplink''.
FileHldemo3 torch02.jpg|Ditto.
FileBa power1 torch01.jpg|Blow torch in ''Half-Life Blue Shift''.
FileBa power1 torch02.jpg|Ditto.
FileBa power1 torch03.jpg|Gas canister.

==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life Opposing Force'' {{1st}}


CategoryHECU classes
CategoryHalf-Life Uplink
CategoryHalf-Life Opposing Force
CategoryHalf-Life Blue Shift