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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)
Mineral Area College logo

Construction/Building Technology, A.A.S.

Mineral Area College
Park Hills (291.6 Miles)
Mineral Area College logo

Construction/Building Technology

Mineral Area College
Park Hills (291.6 Miles)
Three Rivers College logo

Construction Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Three Rivers College
Poplar Bluff (292.5 Miles)
Three Rivers College logo

Civil Engineering Technician, Certificate

Three Rivers College
Poplar Bluff (292.5 Miles)
Des Moines Area Community College logo

Civil Engineering Technology, A.A.S

Des Moines Area Community College
Ankey (338.2 Miles)
Des Moines Area Community College logo

Civil Engineering Technology Diploma

Des Moines Area Community College
Ankey (338.2 Miles)
Southwest Tennessee Community College logo

Architectural Engineering Technology Civil Construction, A.A.S.

Southwest Tennessee Community College
Memphis (352.4 Miles)
Southwest Tennessee Community College logo

Architectural/Construction Fundamentals

Southwest Tennessee Community College
Memphis (352.4 Miles)
Northeast Community College logo

Building Construction, A.A.S.

Northeast Community College
Norfolk (354.2 Miles)
Rend Lake College logo

Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Rend Lake College
Ina (378.5 Miles)
Mid-Plains Community College logo

Building Construction Technology Certificate

Mid-Plains Community College
North Platte (387.2 Miles)

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