During this episode, Sam Coffman talks about the specialty of "Primitive Engineer." The primitive engineer represents (more than any other specialty) the ability to "improvise, adapt and overcome." Adaptability is one of the two major components of good survival skills, and in order to adapt, a person has to have a base set of skills. Skills that are founded on basic fundamentals of things like:
Beyond the basics, the primitive engineer has to understand at least the basics of more advanced concepts like engines, blacksmithing, wiring, basic construction, urban planning (water, gas, power, etc), computing and so on. On a team, the role of the primitive engineer is primarily to make everyone else's job easier. This is the user and inventor of tools and means.