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 69,830 civil engineering technicians are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Assistant City Engineers, Construction Materials Testing Technicians, Highway Technicians, Party Chiefs, Photogrammetric Technicians, Rail And Waterway Technicians, Research Engineering Technicians, Sales Engineering Technicians, Structural Engineering Technicians, Water Resources Technicians
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.
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all locations, but are best found in major metropolitan areas and developing regions.
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Prior experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Assistant Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Civil Engineering Aide

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