Civil Engineering Technician

Occupation Information table
Overview: Civil engineering technicians work with civil engineers on construction sites. They help prepare construction specifications, use surveying instruments, make the project dimensional drawings and inspect completed work to be sure it meets engineering and environmental specifications.
Duties: They confer with civil engineers to determine construction project dimensions and the needs of project managers for drawings, schematics and specifications.

Perform math calculations to identify quantity of construction materials needed. Prepare drawings and schematics needed by construction crews.

Survey the construction site with instruments to place markers in the ground which locate the boundaries and major features. They check for damage to the surrounding environment.

Perform inspections during the actual construction process to assure the work is being performed according to the specifications and time table agreed upon.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2018 to 2028, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $34,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree from a 2-year college or technical institute is the usual educational requirement. Studies in computer-aided design (CAD) are essential. Graduates of programs approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering & Technology are given preference for job openings.
Advancement Info: Civil Engineering Technicians usually begin by doing routine duties. They work under the close supervision of experienced technicians or engineers. As they gain experience, technicians are given more difficult assignments and have less supervision. Engineering technicians with leadership skills may advance to supervisor positions. Keeping their skills current through continuing education classes helps technicians to advance. With additional education, technicians can become engineers.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.