Civil Engineering Technicians
SOC: 17-3022.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
74,000 employed

Projected (2024):
77,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Bridge Construction Inspector
  • Civil Designer
  • Civil Engineer Helper
  • Civil Engineer's Aide
  • Civil Engineering Assistant
  • Civil Engineering Designer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Concrete Engineering Technician
  • Construction Analyst
  • Construction Inspector
  • Design Engineer
  • Design Technician
  • Drafting Technician
  • Engineer Assistant
  • Engineer Technician
  • Engineering Aide
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Engineering Construction Inspector
  • Engineering Designer
  • Engineering Specialist
  • Engineering Technician
  • Facility Planner
  • Field Technician
  • Fire Protection Engineering Technician
  • Geotechnical Engineering Technician
  • Highway Construction Inspector
  • Highway Engineering Technician
  • Highway Technician
  • Parking Analyst
  • Plumbing Designer
  • Project Engineer
  • Structural Engineering Technician
  • Structural Technician
  • Surveyor
  • Transportation Engineering Technician
  • Truss Designer


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using calculator or computer.
  • Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects and to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to illustrate findings.
  • Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements.
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data.
  • Confer with supervisor to determine project details such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, and evaluation of field conditions.
  • Inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to detect design malfunctions and ensure conformance to design specifications and applicable codes.
  • Plan and conduct field surveys to locate new sites and analyze details of project sites.
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for installation of systems, utilization of facilities, or construction of structures.
  • Report maintenance problems occurring at project site to supervisor and negotiate changes to resolve system conflicts.
  • Conduct materials test and analysis using tools and equipment and applying engineering knowledge.
  • Respond to public suggestions and complaints.
  • Evaluate facility to determine suitability for occupancy and square footage availability.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Analytical balances
  • Blueprint machines
  • Brickmasons' trowels
  • Bucket augers
  • Compression testing machines
  • Computer scanners
  • Dessicators
  • Dilatometers
  • Dropping pipettes
  • Drying ovens
  • Engineers' transits
  • Evaporating dishes
  • Field data collectors
  • Filter papers
  • Glass beakers
  • Glass burets
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Graduated glass cylinders
  • Hand augers
  • Hand-operated boring machines
  • Handheld digital thermometers
  • Hydrometers
  • Inclinometers
  • Kneading compactors
  • Laboratory balances
  • Laboratory bulb syringes
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
  • Laboratory test sieves
  • Laboratory vials
  • Load cells
  • Machetes
  • Magnetic stirrers
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mechanical sieve shakers
  • Metal cones
  • Nuclear densometers
  • Paving sample splitters
  • Personal computers
  • pH testers
  • Picks
  • Plotters
  • Pocket penetrometers
  • Precipitation gauges
  • Precision levels
  • Pycnometers
  • Rotary rock drills
  • Rubber mallets
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Seismographs
  • Sledgehammers
  • Slump cones
  • Small-gauge surface drilling rigs
  • Soil augers
  • Soil density testers
  • Soil moisture meters
  • Soil resistivity test kits
  • Soil sampling tubes
  • Soil testing kits
  • Split spoon samplers
  • Stabilometers
  • Straightedges
  • Strain gauges
  • Stream flow gauges
  • Surveying rods
  • Tamping rods
  • Theodolites
  • Thin-walled Shelby tubes
  • Torvanes
  • Total stations
  • Transit levels
  • Two way radios
  • Vibration monitors
  • Water samplers
  • Wide-mouthed funnels
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Land Desktop
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Bentley InRoads software
  • Bentley Microstation
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Coordinate geometry COGO software
  • Digital terrain modeling software
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Graphics software
  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • SAP software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Web browser software


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980