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What Does a Civil Engineering Technician Do?

The critical thinking skills of a civil engineering technician can save time, money and materials on a project. These technicians help civil engineers with the design and construction of highways, buildings, water and sewage systems and other commercial, industrial and residential infrastructure projects. They are responsible for site evaluation, quality control and problem-solving before building begins as well as during construction.

Civil engineering technicians work for engineering firms and government agencies. Some work is done in an office and some work is done on site.

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A civil engineer technician will often visit project sites and evaluate plans to make sure they conform to design specifications and applicable codes.
Civil engineer technicians often visit project sites and evaluate how construction is progressing. (Credit: Cineberg/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Read and review blueprints and specifications
  • Evaluate site conditions
  • Evaluate material needs and estimate costs
  • Visit project sites and observe construction progress
  • Ensure projects meet design specifications and codes
  • Perform material and soil testing
  • Collect data
  • Use computer aided design (CAD) software
  • Compile reports
Education + Training

Some employers look for candidates with an associate degree in civil engineering technology or a related field, although that is not always required. Another pathway is earning a certificate from a technical school through an engineering technology program. Courses focus on engineering, design and computer software.

Yet another path to this job is through advancement from a related role like drafter or computer aided design (CAD.)

Certification is not often required, but it may offer a competitive advantage.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Are good at problem solving
  • Have strong observational skills
  • Have excellent math skills
  • Are a confident decision maker
  • Have excellent reading and writing skills
  • Work well on a team
  • Have advanced computer skills

Civil Engineering Technician training in your area

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Masonry Certificate

Piedmont Technical College
Greenwood (0.0 Miles)

Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree

Northcentral Technical College
Wausau (0.0 Miles)
Cuyahoga Community College

Industrial Technology, A.A.S.

Cuyahoga Community College
Brunswick (0.0 Miles)

Civil Tech I Certificate

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

Civil Engineering Technology - COOP, A.A.S.

Lake Land College
Mattoon (0.0 Miles)

Power and Trades Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship: Construction Certificate of Achievement

Henry Ford College
Dearborn (0.0 Miles)

Construction Management - Civil Construction Management and Inspection Certificate

Edmonds Community College
Lynnwood (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Construction Technology Certificate

Luzerne County Community College
Nanticoke (0.0 Miles)

Engineering Design Technology, A.A.S.

Calhoun Community College
Tanner (0.0 Miles)

Engineering Technology, A.S.

Ivy Tech Community College
Indianapolis (0.0 Miles)

Residential Construction Technology, A.A.S.

Cochise College
Sierra Vista (0.0 Miles)

Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Greenville Technical College
Greenville (0.0 Miles)

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