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Working As An Engineering Internship

  • 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

  • $56,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Internship 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 An Engineering Internship

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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Engineering Internship Career Paths

Engineering Internship
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Co-Operations Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Stylist Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Researcher Consultant Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Researcher Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Senior Account Executive Account Supervisor
Group Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Senior Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Manufacturing Supervisor Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineering Aide 3.3 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Graduate Engineer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Engineering Internship
Internship 22.3%
Volunteer 4.8%
Cashier 3.9%
Researcher 3.7%
Tutor 3.6%
Assistant 2.9%
President 2.5%
Top Careers After Engineering Internship
Internship 8.0%
Engineer 7.7%
Researcher 2.5%
Tutor 2.3%

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Engineering Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

68.2%

Female

18.1%

Unknown

13.7%
Ethnicity

White

53.2%

Asian

18.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.2%

French

9.9%

Chinese

9.5%

Mandarin

8.4%

German

6.9%

Arabic

4.1%

Hindi

3.8%

Japanese

3.1%

Portuguese

2.7%

Russian

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Cantonese

2.1%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Korean

1.3%

Turkish

1.1%

Carrier

1.1%

Polish

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Gujarati

0.8%

Greek

0.7%
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Engineering Internship Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.3%

Pennsylvania State University

8.1%

Texas A&M University

7.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.0%

Arizona State University

5.6%

San Jose State University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Iowa State University

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.7%

University of Florida

4.4%

Michigan State University

4.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.0%

North Carolina State University

3.8%

Colorado School of Mines

3.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.6%

Texas Tech University

3.6%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

30.1%

Electrical Engineering

11.9%

Civil Engineering

11.7%

Chemical Engineering

6.2%

Industrial Engineering

4.7%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Computer Science

4.1%

Engineering

3.9%

Business

3.4%

Petroleum Engineering

2.9%

Biomedical Engineering

2.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Aerospace Engineering

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.3%

Environmental Engineering

1.2%

Construction Management

1.2%

Engineering Technology

0.9%

Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

60.3%

Masters

26.2%

Other

7.3%

Doctorate

3.0%

Associate

2.0%

Certificate

0.9%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.0%
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How much does an Engineering Internship make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering Internship in the United States is $56,658 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $82,000.

Real Engineering Internship Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bridge Test Engineer Intern Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Aug 09, 2016 $79,700
Bridge Test Engineer Intern Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Dec 31, 2014 $76,000
Engineering Intern C.H. Fenstermaker and Associates, Inc. New Orleans, LA Jan 10, 2016 $73,996
Engineer Intern II Stanley Consultants, Inc. Chicago, IL May 18, 2015 $73,000
Bridge Test Engineer Intern Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Sep 08, 2013 $72,700
Intern Engineer JWL Associates Hacienda Heights, CA Jan 08, 2016 $69,497
Engineer Intern II Stanley Consultants, Inc. Muscatine, IA Sep 30, 2014 $69,200
Coastal Engineer Intern HDR Engineering, Inc. Lafayette, LA Oct 27, 2016 $68,806
Staff Engineer (Intern Junior Keystone Engineering Inc. Metairie, LA Sep 18, 2013 $68,640
Coastal Engineer Intern HDR Engineering, Inc. Lafayette, LA Nov 09, 2016 $67,995
Engineering Intern C.H. Fenstermaker and Associates, Inc. New Orleans, LA Mar 08, 2016 $67,330
Bridge Test Engineer Intern Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Sep 08, 2010 $66,625
Traffic Engineer Intern CTS Engineering, Inc. Doral, FL Oct 01, 2012 $65,978
Engineer Intern SWRF, L.L.C. Tampa, FL Mar 27, 2010 $60,231 -
$40
Geotechnical Engineer Intern DEVO Seereeram, PHD., P.E., LLC Orlando, FL Jun 01, 2014 $60,000
Engineer Intern Morcom, N.V., Inc. Chicago, IL Jul 11, 2014 $59,987
Transportation Drainage Engineering Intern Inwood Consulting Engineers, Inc. Oviedo, FL Sep 18, 2016 $59,842 -
$63,440
Engineering Intern II Meshek & Associates, PLC Tulsa, OK Sep 18, 2011 $59,500
Engineer Intern Morcom, N.V., Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 20, 2013 $59,360
Engineer Intern Clark Dietz, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jun 03, 2013 $59,030
Engineer Intern Clark Dietz, Inc. Champaign, IL Sep 15, 2011 $55,536
Engineer Intern City of Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District Cincinnati, OH Oct 01, 2012 $55,472
Engineer Intern II Neel Schaffer Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Aug 25, 2015 $55,400
Engineer Intern Stuart Consulting Group, Inc. Metairie, LA Aug 24, 2015 $55,136
Trainee Intern Engineer Nathelyne A. Kennedy & Associates, LP Houston, TX Aug 25, 2015 $55,000
Global Intern/Engineer Magnesita Refractories Company N.A. York, PA Jan 15, 2011 $55,000

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Top Skills for An Engineering Internship

  1. Test Cases
  2. Engineering Department
  3. CAD
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  • Created bug reports/test cases and conducted the tests with oscilloscopes, function generator, and ESD machine, etc.
  • Worked in Solution Center Engineering Department evaluating customer specifications to help tailor industrial automation solutions to their needs.
  • Created new designs, modified existing designs and incorporated as-built for various substation projects using AutoCAD/SolidWorks.
  • Drafted designs with SolidWorks and manufactured parts for engineering projects and aviation equipment.
  • Presented detailed data analysis to superiors regarding the underwater launch of missiles.

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