• Civil Engineering Technician Job Description

    A civil engineering technician is a person who works under the direction of a civil engineer and assist them in planning and designing structures such as dams, roads, highways, bridges, tunnels or waste water systems.

    A civil engineering technician should be creative, analytical, practical and methodical, and have the ability to communicate effectively. They should be good at mathematics and able to use computer-aided design software (CAD) to design and plan constructions.

  • What does a Civil Engineering Technician do?

    Civil engineering technicians may do some or all of the following:

    • collaborate with clients, engineers and others to build and maintain structures
    • perform land-surveying duties
    • read and interpret construction blueprints from engineers
    • prepare drawing of planned structures using CAD software
    • help prepare list of construction materials and estimate costs
    • conduct tests on construction materials and soil
    • check work done by contractors, write reports and document project activities
    • report to engineers and discuss work done
  • Where does a Civil Engineering Technician work?
  • Working Conditions

    Civil engineering technicians usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. They work in offices, technical laboratories, and on construction sites.

  • What is Required to Become a Civil Engineering Technician?

    To become a civil engineering technician, you will need to have an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology or a related discipline.

  • Modules
  • Specializations
  • Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

    Civil engineering technicians need to have:

    • patience
    • adaptability
    • creativity
    • dependability
    • manual dexterity
    • accuracy and precision
    • physical strength and stamina
    • good attention to detail
    • good hand-eye coordination
    • good listening and communication skills
    • analytical and problem solving skills
    • time management and organizational skills
    • math and computer skills
    • technical drawing skills
    • negotiation skills
    • the ability to work well independently and in a team
    • the ability to work well under pressure
    • the ability to read and interpret structural blueprints
    • the ability to follow directions specifically
    • knowledge of building methods and materials
    • knowledge of civil engineering and surveying methods
    • knowledge of land, building, and construction laws and regulations


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