Civil Engineering Technicians

Architecture & Construction > Design/Pre-Construction

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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.


Wide-mouthed funnels

Water samplers

Vibration monitors

Two way radios

Transit levels

Total stations


All Tools

Thin-walled Shelby tubes


Tamping rods

Surveying rods

Stream flow gauges

Strain gauges



Split spoon samplers

Soil testing kits

Soil sampling tubes

Soil resistivity test kits

Soil moisture meters

Soil density testers

Soil augers

Small-gauge surface drilling rigs

Slump cones



Safety gloves

Safety glasses

Rubber mallets

Rotary rock drills


Precision levels

Precipitation gauges

Pocket penetrometers



pH testers

Personal computers

Paving sample splitters

Nuclear densometers

Metal cones

Mechanical sieve shakers

Measuring tapes

Magnetic stirrers


Load cells

Laboratory vials

Laboratory test sieves

Laboratory mechanical convection ovens

Laboratory bulb syringes

Laboratory balances

Kneading compactors



Handheld digital thermometers

Hand-operated boring machines

Hand augers

Graduated glass cylinders

Global positioning system GPS receivers

Glass burets

Glass beakers

Filter papers

Field data collectors

Evaporating dishes

Engineers’ transits

Drying ovens

Dropping pipettes



Computer scanners

Compression testing machines

Bucket augers

Brickmasons’ trowels

Blueprint machines

Analytical balances


Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

Autodesk Land Desktop

Autodesk Revit

Bentley MicroStation

Computer aided design CAD software

Geographic information system GIS software

National Instruments LabVIEW

All Technologies

Bentley Systems InRoads Suite

Coordinate geometry COGO software

Digital terrain modeling software


Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

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

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