Civil Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Skills Required

Holland Code: Realistic - for practical people who like hands-on activities and building

Realistic - for practical people who like hands-on activities and building

Tasks

  • Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using calculator or computer.
  • Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects and to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements.
  • Confer with supervisor to determine project details such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, and evaluation of field conditions.
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for installation of systems, utilization of facilities, or construction of structures.
  • Report maintenance problems occurring at project site to supervisor and negotiate changes to resolve system conflicts.
  • Conduct materials test and analysis using tools and equipment and applying engineering knowledge.
  • Negotiate prices for new contracts or for modifications to existing contracts with contractors.
  • Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to illustrate findings.

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Minimum Level of Education Required

Associate's Degree

There are multiple education and training pathways to prepare for this career. In addition to credentials, employer sponsored training, on-the-job training, and other types of experience can help you get the skills and knowledge you need to be successful.