Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of Civil Engineering Technicians include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
29.77% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
28.09% said they needed a Some College Courses.
Prepare reports and document project activities and data.
Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using calculator or computer.
Conduct materials test and analysis using tools and equipment and applying engineering knowledge.
Develop plans and estimate costs for installation of systems, utilization of facilities, or construction of structures.
Inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to detect design malfunctions and ensure conformance to design specifications and applicable codes.
Confer with supervisor to determine project details such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, and evaluation of field conditions.
Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements.
Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects and to ensure conformance to specifications.
Respond to public suggestions and complaints.
Plan and conduct field surveys to locate new sites and analyze details of project sites.
Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to illustrate findings.
Negotiate prices for new contracts or for modifications to existing contracts with contractors.
Develop project budgets by estimating the cost of project activities.
Evaluate facility to determine suitability for occupancy and square footage availability.
Report maintenance problems occurring at project site to supervisor and negotiate changes to resolve system conflicts.
Two way radios
Thin-walled Shelby tubes
Stream flow gauges
Split spoon samplers
Soil testing kits
Soil sampling tubes
Soil resistivity test kits
Soil moisture meters
Soil density testers
Small-gauge surface drilling rigs
Rotary rock drills
Paving sample splitters
Mechanical sieve shakers
Laboratory test sieves
Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
Laboratory bulb syringes
Handheld digital thermometers
Hand-operated boring machines
Graduated glass cylinders
Global positioning system GPS receivers
Field data collectors
Compression testing machines
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Autodesk Land Desktop
Computer aided design CAD software
Geographic information system GIS software
National Instruments LabVIEWAll Technologies
Bentley Systems InRoads Suite
Coordinate geometry COGO software
Digital terrain modeling software
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization