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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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$ 31,000 - $ 81,000
$ 53,000
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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)
Job 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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Engineering Technology Certificate

Butler Community College
El Dorado (81.0 Miles)

Civil Engineering/Surveying Technologies, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

Construction Technology, A.A.S.

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

Construction Technology Certificate

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

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

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

A.A.S. Engineering Technology, Civil

Metropolitan Community College (MO)
Kansas City (149.7 Miles)

Construction Management Technology, A.A.S.

State Fair Community College
Sedalia (173.4 Miles)

Construction Management Technology

State Fair Community College
Sedalia (173.4 Miles)

Civil Engineering Certificate

Collin College
McKinney (276.4 Miles)

Civil Engineering Technology Diploma

Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs (289.0 Miles)

Civil Site Design Career Certificate

Metropolitan Community College (NE)
Omaha (291.5 Miles)

Computer-Aided Design Career Certificate

Metropolitan Community College (NE)
Omaha (291.5 Miles)

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