Civil engineer technicians help engineers in this field working on the construction of bridges, highways, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. This includes the planning and design of these structures, which may be commercial, residential, or government projects. Some important job duties for civil engineer technician careers listed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are:
- Work with engineers to read and review project blueprints, determining structural dimensions.
- Draft reports and document project progress and data.
- Visit sites with engineers to help evaluate the work being done and assess any problems with the design.
- Review design specifications and applicable codes for projects.
Those with civil engineer technician jobs may also help estimate costs for projects and specify what materials would be best to use. While the more experience they gain, the more tasks they will be able to take on, they cannot approve designs or supervise projects on their own. They must work under the direction of a licensed civil engineer.
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Civil Engineering Technician
Becoming a Civil Engineering Technician
Civil engineering technology jobs will typically be given to those with an associate's degree in this field. While not always required, it is best to select a program that is certificated by ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Many employers prefer this as it guarantees a solid curriculum and adequate training.
This type of program is offered through a number of community colleges and technical schools across the country. Students will need to have a strong aptitude for math and science as well as computer technology. Some common classes you may see with this major include:
- Highway Engineering
- Topography and Mapping
- Land Development Design
An associate degree typically takes two years of full-time study, depending on your level of enrollment throughout the program. Graduates may opt to seek certification from the National Institute of Certification in Engineering Technologies. Though this is not required, it may help in advancing your career. This requires work experience, recommendations, and the successful completion of an exam.