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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:
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.
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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|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 -
|Civil Engineering Technicians||North Core Corp||Fargo, ND||Feb 21, 2014||$67,000|
|Civil Engineer Technician||American Civil Constructors West Coast LLC||Benicia, CA||Jan 06, 2016||$65,000|
|Civil Engineering Technicians||Myers & Co. Architectural Metals||Basalt, CO||Jun 16, 2010||$65,000|
|Civil Engineering Technician||Sandlin Control Technologies, LLC||Hampstead, NC||Aug 31, 2016||$54,784|
|Civil Engineering Technician||Oracle Engineering Group, Inc.||Tucson, AZ||Aug 02, 2011||$54,325|
|Civil Engineering Technicians||EMSI Engineering, Inc.||Manassas, VA||Aug 27, 2012||$54,038|
|Civil Engineering Technician||C A Group, Inc.||Las Vegas, NV||Oct 01, 2011||$54,000 -
|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 -
|Civil Engineer Technician||Kaderabek Company||Miami, FL||Apr 30, 2012||$53,000|
|Civil Engineering Technicians||Smartech Communications||Carson, CA||Apr 23, 2009||$52,175|
|Civil Engineering Technologist||R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 10, 2015||$47,840|
|Civil Engineering Technician||Wood Engineering Co Inc.||Longview, TX||Oct 01, 2010||$47,000|
|Civil Engineering Technician||Apex Engineered Solutions LLC||Addison, TX||Feb 20, 2012||$47,000|
|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|
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