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At A Glance: Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Civil engineering technologists and technicians apply theories and principles of civil engineering to planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities. Technologists and technicians use specialized computer software to create drafts, drawings, and layouts to the specifications of a project. They may analyze building materials for strength and durability for construction projects. Their work contributes to the construction of highways, bridges, and other infrastructure projects. To become a civil engineering technologist or technician requires at least a certificate and on-the-job training. Some positions may require an associate's degree or apprenticeship. This position earns an average of $25.28 an hour, and the need for them grows at an average rate of 5% to 9% per year.

Entry Level Requirements

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Certificate

To become a civil engineering technologist and/or technician requires at the least a post-secondary certificate. Some positions require completion of some college coursework and/or an associate's degree.
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Median hourly wage:

$23.02
in Construction & Extraction occupations.

How much can I make?

Hourly Rate: $16 - $38/HR.

Job Details: Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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Commonly Performed Tasks

There are many tasks that civil engineering technologists and technicians perform regularly. Technologists and technicians play a major role in the early phases of construction projects. The results of their work contributes to the construction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. They do more than create detailed drawings for projects. They also estimate material requirements and costs for a project, taking into consideration the characteristics of the materials and location.
  • Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities
  • Review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions and materials
  • Draft dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects to ensure conformance to specifications
  • Conduct materials tests and analysis for strength and durability
  • Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to illustrate findings

Required Job Skills

Civil engineering technologists and technicians require specific skills, abilities, and knowledge to do their jobs effectively. To produce accurate illustrations, technologists and technicians must have strong attention to detail, be able to analyze possible solutions, and creativity. They must be able to communicate technical information in writing and in conversation with engineers and project managers.
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Comprehend complex informational text and visuals
  • Use mathematical calculations to solve problems
  • Concentrate on a task without being distracted
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Community College of Allegheny County - South Campus
Program: Civil Engineering Technology - Certificate Program
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Community College of Allegheny County - North Campus
Program: Civil Engineering Technology - Certificate Program
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Stark State College
Program: Civil Engineering Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Belmont College
Program: Civil Engineering
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years

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