Civil Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Median Annual Wage: $48,340

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Engineering Technician; Civil Engineering Technician; Civil Engineering Designer; Engineering Assistant; Transportation Engineering Technician; Civil Designer; Engineering Specialist; Civil Engineering Assistant; Construction Analyst; Design Technician

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Civil Engineering Technicians.

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  • Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using calculator or computer.
  • Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements.
  • Confer with supervisor to determine project details such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, and evaluation of field conditions.
  • Inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to detect design malfunctions and ensure conformance to design specifications and applicable codes.
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for installation of systems, utilization of facilities, or construction of structures.
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data.
  • Respond to public suggestions and complaints.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Civil Engineering Technicians.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Civil Engineering Technicians.

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