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Working As A Civil Engineering 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

  • $56,176

    Average Salary

What Does A Civil Engineering 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 Civil Engineering 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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Civil Engineering Technician Career Paths

Civil Engineering Technician
Civil Designer Architectural Designer Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Civil Engineer Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Analyst Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Civil Engineering Designer Project Manager Engineering Manager
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Lead Technician Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Driver Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Drafting Technician Design Technician GIS Analyst
GIS Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Project Coordinator Assistant Project Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Designer Interior Designer
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Civil Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Civil Engineering Designer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Design Engineer Civil Engineer
Senior Civil Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Drafting Technician Computer Aided Design Designer Estimator Project Manager
Supervisor And Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Drafter Engineering Technician Surveyor
Survey Crew Chief
5 Yearsyrs
Drafter Design Technician Surveyor
Survey Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Civil Designer Surveyor
Survey Party Chief
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Inspector Surveyor
Survey Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Security Officer Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Civil Engineer 4.0 years
Civil Designer 3.9 years
Autocad Technician 3.4 years
Civil Drafter 2.7 years
Civil Technician 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Civil Engineering Technician
Draftsman 10.7%
Surveyor 8.5%
Inspector 4.2%
Technician 3.9%
Owner 3.4%
Designer 3.1%
Internship 2.8%
Top Careers After Civil Engineering Technician
Surveyor 6.4%
Engineer 4.0%
Technician 3.0%
Inspector 3.0%
Owner 2.8%

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Civil Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

79.1%

Female

19.0%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.2%

French

11.5%

Chinese

7.7%

Chickasaw

3.8%

Dakota

3.8%

Russian

3.8%

Carrier

3.8%

Tagalog

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Polish

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%

Bosnian

3.8%
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Civil Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.2%

Pennsylvania State University

7.3%

Community College of the Air Force

7.3%

New Mexico State University

6.4%

Hinds Community College

5.5%

Ferris State University

5.5%

University of Florida

5.5%

Lake Land College

5.5%

University of Montana

4.6%

South Dakota State University

4.6%

Youngstown State University

4.6%

University of New Mexico

4.6%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

3.7%

University of North Dakota

3.7%

University of New Hampshire

3.7%

Trident Technical College

3.7%

Montana State University - Bozeman

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

University of Maine

3.7%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

3.7%
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Majors

Civil Engineering

27.6%

Civil Engineering Technologies

12.5%

Drafting And Design

12.3%

Business

8.4%

Construction Management

5.6%

Environmental Science

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Management

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Surveying, Mapping, And Hydraulic Technologies

2.4%

Architecture

2.4%

Construction Engineering Technologies

2.2%

General Studies

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Engineering Technology

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Natural Resources Management

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Geology

1.7%

Geography

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.4%

Other

24.5%

Associate

22.7%

Masters

9.7%

Certificate

5.0%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Civil Engineering Technicians Rider Hunt International Houston, TX May 08, 2009 $95,000
Civil Engineering Technicians OVE ARUP and Partners California Limited San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2010 $85,200
Civil Engineering Technician Mistras Group Princeton Junction, NJ Nov 21, 2009 $83,200
Civil Engineering Technician Civil 1, Inc. Woodbury, CT Sep 01, 2015 $77,500
Civil Engineering Technician Civil 1, Inc. Woodbury, CT Sep 16, 2016 $77,500
Civil Engineering Technician Hunsaker & Associates San Diego, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 09, 2015 $75,132
Civil Engineering Technician Davis Tile & Marble Inc. Kailua, HI Aug 05, 2010 $73,000
Civil Engineer Technicians Pinnacle Environmental Corporation NY Mar 06, 2009 $72,800
Civil Engineer Technician The Interfield Group, LLC Houston, TX Nov 01, 2013 $71,500
Civil Engineering Technicians Prime AE Group, Inc. Owings Mills, MD Aug 31, 2014 $70,000 -
$76,340
Civil Engineering Technicians North Core Corp Fargo, ND Feb 21, 2014 $67,000
Civil Engineering Technicians Myers & Co. Architectural Metals Basalt, CO Jun 16, 2010 $65,000
Civil Engineer Technician American Civil Constructors West Coast LLC Benicia, CA Jan 06, 2016 $65,000
Civil Engineering Technician C A Group, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Oct 01, 2011 $54,000 -
$64,000
Civil Engineering Technician Mc Squared Inc. Olympia, WA Oct 01, 2011 $54,000
Civil Engineering Technologist RDH Building Sciences Inc. Portland, OR Mar 14, 2008 $53,186 -
$74,000
Civil Engineer Technician Kaderabek Company Miami, FL Apr 30, 2012 $53,000
Civil Engineering Technician Municipal Testing Laboratory Inc. Hauppauge, NY Jun 02, 2012 $52,175
Civil Engineering Technicians Smartech Communications Carson, CA Apr 23, 2009 $52,175
Civil Engineer Technician MEX-America Entertaiments Group, Inc. Indio, CA Jan 03, 2016 $52,175
Civil Engineer Technician MEX-America Entertainment Group, Inc. Indio, CA Sep 01, 2014 $52,175
Civil Engineering Technician Design Concepts Consulting, Inc. Pacifica, CA Sep 26, 2012 $46,958
Civil Engineering Technicians Forrest Excavating, Inc. Holiday, FL Mar 12, 2010 $46,862
Civil Engineering Technician Evanco Environmental Technologies Inc. TX Jan 16, 2012 $46,791
Civil Engineering Technicians AQX Engineering, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Sep 22, 2014 $46,300
Civil Engineering Technician Terminal Construction Corporation Woodbridge, NJ Sep 21, 2009 $46,164
Civil Engineering Technician Northern Geotechnical Engineering, Inc. Anchorage, AK Oct 01, 2013 $46,164
Civil Engineering Technicians Aw Solutions Inc. Longwood, FL Aug 29, 2016 $46,000 -
$56,000
Civil Engineering Technicians Double R. Engineering Service, Inc. Lake Havasu City, AZ Dec 17, 2007 $45,872

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Top Skills for A Civil Engineering Technician

  1. Boundary Surveys
  2. CAD
  3. New Construction
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  • Assisted surveyor in stakeouts, boundary surveys, and obtaining topographic data using EDM instrument (3 month period).
  • Prepared calculations using HydroCAD to support the results and provided recommendations for the five remedial alternatives.
  • Work to inspect, document, review, and track new construction projects ranging from roadways to buildings.
  • Design of water and sewer systems related to commercial and residential development.
  • Design Lead role in developing contract documents including drawings and specifications.

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  3. Washington
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  5. Texas
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  8. District of Columbia
  9. Maine
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