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Working As A Construction 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 Construction 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 Construction 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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Construction Technician Career Paths

Construction Technician
Construction Inspector Project Engineer Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Electrician General Contractor
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Electrician
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Program Manager Sales Consultant
General Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Supervisor General Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Construction Coordinator Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Operations Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Technician Lead Technician Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Construction Coordinator Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
14 Yearsyrs
Construction Inspector Field Engineer Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Construction Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.4%

Female

9.7%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

79.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.5%

French

9.3%

Russian

7.0%

Italian

7.0%

Portuguese

4.7%

German

4.7%

Bulgarian

2.3%

Carrier

2.3%

Polish

2.3%
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Construction Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.1%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

6.9%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

5.6%

The Academy

5.6%

Glendale Community College

5.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.6%

University of Toledo

5.6%

Villanova University

4.2%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

4.2%

University of North Alabama

4.2%

King's College

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

San Diego State University

4.2%

Northern Arizona University

4.2%

Universal Technical Institute-Motorcycle Mechanics

4.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.2%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.2%

Central Texas College

4.2%

Drexel University

4.2%

Oklahoma State University

4.2%
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Majors

Business

21.9%

Civil Engineering

9.0%

Electrical Engineering

6.8%

Construction Management

5.9%

General Studies

5.6%

Drafting And Design

4.9%

Industrial Technology

4.6%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

Automotive Technology

4.0%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Property Management

4.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.4%

Environmental Science

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Computer Science

2.8%

Construction Engineering Technologies

2.5%

Education

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Geology

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

34.7%

Bachelors

31.2%

Associate

18.0%

Certificate

7.5%

Masters

5.9%

Diploma

2.1%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Construction Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Construction Technician (Budget Analyst) Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 14, 2013 $76,627 -
$76,814
Swimming Pool Construction Technician Pool Sharks, Inc. TN Apr 01, 2013 $34,540
Home Remodeling Construction Technician Dremodeling Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2016 $31,305
Construction Technician, Instrument Systems KBR, Inc. Borger, TX Mar 01, 2016 $31,201

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Top Skills for A Construction Technician

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Top Construction Technician Skills

  1. Safety Rules
  2. Contract Documents
  3. Drywall Repair
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Edit technical documents, proofreading, review and verify contract documents and drawings.
  • Monitored independent contractors and ensured that safety rules and regulations of the road construction projects were adhered to.
  • Pulled fiber optic cables underground and into manholes.
  • Performed general office work, including accounts receivable, payroll, customer service, and appointment scheduling.
  • Clean construction sites after the jobs had been completed.

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