Civil Engineering Technicians

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers design, plan, and build public as well as private works to meet the community's needs. They are employed in a wide range of projects, such as highways, drainage systems, water and sewage facilities, railroads, subways, airports, dams, bridges, and tunnels. Approximately 79,000 civil engineering technicians are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Participate in all stages of the construction process; support civil engineers by preparing drawings, plans, maps, and charts; prepare work schedules and estimate project costs and materials needs; conduct building inspections and quality control tests; generate and present technical reports.
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all locations. Most work will be found in major metropolitan areas and developing regions.
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Prior on-the-job training is useful but not required.
Skills
  • Math
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Career Ladder
  • Assistant Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Civil Engineering Aide