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Working As A Cadd Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $49,260

    Average Salary

What Does A Cadd Technician Do

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build the highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.

Duties

Civil engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Read and review project drawings and plans to determine the sizes of structures
  • Confer with engineers about preparing plans
  • Use computer aided design software under the charge of engineers
  • Evaluate pre-construction field conditions
  • Observe project sites and evaluate contractors’ work to detect problems with a design
  • Test construction materials and soil samples in laboratories
  • Help to ensure that project construction conforms to design specifications and applicable codes
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for constructing systems and operating facilities
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data
  • Collect data and prepare analyses
  • Set up and help maintain project files and records

Civil engineering technicians typically work under the charge of licensed civil engineers. These technicians generally help civil engineers, performing some of the same tasks as the engineers. However, because they are not licensed, civil engineering technicians cannot approve designs or supervise the overall project.

Civil engineering technicians assume varied duties on the job. They sometimes estimate construction costs and develop specifications. Other times, they prepare drawings or survey land. They also may set up and monitor various instruments for traffic studies. These technicians’ duties often require familiarity with and use of various computer programs to design projects, collect and analyze data, prepare correspondence and reports, and manage file systems.

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How To Become A Cadd Technician

Although not always required, an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology is preferred for employment as a civil engineering technician.

Education

To prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school, prospective civil engineering technicians should take science and math courses, such as chemistry, geometry, and calculus. They should also have basic knowledge of the use of computers.

Employers generally prefer engineering technicians to have an associate’s degree from a program accredited by ABET, although a degree is not always required. Engineering technology programs are also available at technical or vocational schools that award a postgraduate certificate or diploma.

Courses at technical or vocational schools may include engineering, design, and computer software. To complete an associate’s degree in, students also usually need to take other courses in liberal arts and the sciences.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. As assistants to civil engineers, civil engineering technicians must be able to help the engineers identify and solve problems to develop infrastructure plans and to help agencies avoid wasting time, effort, and funds.

Decisionmaking skills. Pressures from deadlines mean that technicians must be able to quickly discern which types of information are most important for the work at hand, and which plan of action will help keep the project on schedule.

Math skills. Civil engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. Civil engineering technicians sometimes have to go to jobsites and assess a project for the engineer. Therefore, they must know what to look for and how best to report back to the engineer who is overseeing the project.

Problem-solving skills. Like civil engineers, civil engineering technicians help design projects to solve a particular problem. Technicians must be able to understand and work with all the related systems involved in building a project.

Reading skills. Civil engineering technicians carry out plans and designs for projects that a civil engineer has approved. Thus, they must be able to understand all the reports, plans, and documents describing these designs.

Writing skills. Civil engineering technicians often are asked to relay their findings in writing. They must be able to write reports that are well organized and clearly written.

Other Experience

Although an associate’s degree is preferred by most employers, prospective civil engineering technicians may enter the occupation after gaining work experience in a related occupation, particularly as a drafter or CAD operator. A worker who begins as a drafter or CAD operator for an engineering firm may advance to a civil engineering technician position as his or her knowledge of design and construction improves.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is not needed to enter this occupation, but it can help technicians advance their careers. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) is one of the primary organizations overseeing certification for civil engineering technicians.

Certification as a technician requires passing an exam and providing documentation, including a work history, recommendations, and, for most programs, supervisor confirmation of specific experience. NICET requires technicians to update their skills and knowledge through a recertification process that encourages continuing professional development.

Advancement

Civil engineering technicians can advance in their careers by learning to design systems for a variety of projects, such as storm sewers and sanitary systems. It is also useful for civil engineering technicians to become skilled at reading plans and profiles—the graphical depiction of proposed projects.

Civil engineering technicians can also benefit with increasing knowledge of computer systems and application, in particular familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet programs, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

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Cadd Technician Career Paths

Cadd Technician
Mechanical Designer Project Engineer Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Designer Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Civil Designer Structural Designer Design Engineer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Senior Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Aide Project Coordinator Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Aide Surveyor Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Architectural Designer Interior Designer
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Designer Mechanical Designer
Senior Mechanical Designer
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Senior Project Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Civil Designer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Owner/Operator
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
GIS Technician Surveyor
Survey Manager
11 Yearsyrs
GIS Technician Engineering Technician Surveyor
Survey Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Cadd Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

73.2%

Female

24.8%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

81.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.1%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Carrier

13.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

Vietnamese

6.7%

Deseret

6.7%

Venetian

6.7%
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Cadd Technician Education

Schools

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

9.0%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Austin Community College

6.0%

East Tennessee State University

6.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.5%

Texas State University

4.5%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

Vermont Technical College

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

4.5%

ITT Technical Institute-Nashville

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Porter and Chester Institute

4.5%

University of Washington

4.5%

ITT Technical Institute-Tampa

4.5%

Mississippi Valley State University

4.5%

Mississippi State University

4.5%

Community College of Allegheny County

4.5%

Hillsborough Community College

4.5%
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Majors

Drafting And Design

42.7%

Architecture

5.8%

Civil Engineering

5.1%

Business

4.8%

Geography

4.1%

Civil Engineering Technologies

3.8%

Industrial Technology

3.4%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Engineering Technology

2.7%

Surveying, Mapping, And Hydraulic Technologies

2.7%

Architectural Technology

2.7%

Education

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Engineering

2.0%

Architectural Engineering

2.0%

Construction Management

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Computer Science

1.7%

History

1.7%
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Degrees

Associate

32.5%

Other

27.2%

Bachelors

26.7%

Certificate

6.7%

Masters

4.6%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Cadd Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cadd Technician Inwood Consulting Engineers, Inc. Oviedo, FL Sep 03, 2008 $46,958
Cadd Technician/Bim Modeler Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Nov 01, 2015 $45,000
Cadd Technician/Bim Modeler Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Elmwood Park, NJ Sep 18, 2013 $42,000
Cadd Technician Stoa International Architects, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 01, 2011 $36,538
Cadd Technician Stoa International Architects, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 08, 2011 $36,538

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Top Skills for A Cadd Technician

CaddStandardsLayoutDrawingsCADSewerRoadwayPlansAs-BuiltDrawingsTopographicStormDrainageBoundaryGISConstructionDrawingsCivilEngineeringCivil3DConstructionDocumentsFloorPlansRevitHvacDesignDrawingsArchitecturalDrawingsSurveyData

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Top Cadd Technician Skills

  1. Cadd Standards
  2. Layout Drawings
  3. CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in developing company CADD standards and provided training to utilize new standards.
  • Involved in doing layout drawings from sketches and doing some design work with aspects of engineering that include just civil.
  • Update as-built record CAD drawings for more accurate pipe locating by utility locators.
  • Create & revise Paving, Grading, Storm Sewer, Sanitary Sewer, & Domestic Water Plans for Commercial Site projects.
  • Designed survey plans, profiles, site plans, roadway plans, for new construction.

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