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Also known as:
Civil Engineering Technician, Concrete Engineering Technician, Geotechnical Engineering Technician, Highway Engineering Technician, Structural Engineering Technician, Transportation Engineering Technician

Video transcript

Some people look at a bridge as a way to get from here to there. Civil engineering technicians look at the bridge as a series of challenges that have been solved. Where should it be built? How much will it cost? Those are just some of the questions technicians answer about all kinds of public construction projects - from bridges to tunnels, highways to sewers.

They start with math and science courses in high school - and move on to engineering technology programs. These are offered by many kinds or educational institutions, so it's best to find one approved by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology. After graduation, young engineers work alongside experienced technicians. They learn how to evaluate sites, as well as how to plan and oversee construction projects.

With public works always under way, there is a steady demand for civil engineering technicians. To succeed, you need to be comfortable working on a team doing strenuous work outdoors in different types of weather, as well as handling complex calculations on a computer. This is a career that can lead to satisfaction on a very large scale. You can literally point to your accomplishments - with pride.

Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to illustrate findings.

Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects and to ensure conformance to specifications.

Prepare reports and document project activities and data.

Confer with supervisor to determine project details such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, and evaluation of field conditions.

Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using calculator or computer.

Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements.

Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.