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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


Engineering Technology Option, Technology Studies, A.S.

Manchester Community College (CT)
Manchester (0.0 Miles)

Civil Engineering Diploma

Fayetteville Technical Community College
Fayetteville (0.0 Miles)

Civil Engineering Technology Certificate

Middlesex County College
Edison (0.0 Miles)

Computer Aided Drafting Certificate

Columbia Basin College
Pasco (0.0 Miles)
Paradise Valley Community College

Engineering Technology

Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix (0.0 Miles)

Engineering Technology A.S. (TTP)

Chattanooga State Community College
Chattanooga (0.0 Miles)

Engineering (Options: Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Physics), A.S.

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (0.0 Miles)

Structural Engineering Technology Certificate

Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg (0.0 Miles)

Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Estrella Mountain Community College
Avondale (0.0 Miles)

Pre-Apprenticeship - Construction Advanced Certificate

Delta College
University Center (0.0 Miles)

Civil Engineering Technology - Civil Program of Study, A.A.S.

Florence-Darlington Technical College
Florence (0.0 Miles)

Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate Degree

Midlands Technical College
West Columbia (0.0 Miles)

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