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Civil Engineering Technicians

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers with planning and overseeing the construction of highways, bridges, water treatment systems, harbors, tunnels, buildings and other structures. They also conduct related research. Some civil engineer technicians are involved in community planning and urban renewal. They work under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Civil engineering techs go to the project site and assist the engineers lay out the position of the structure's foundation. They also help with drafting and making scale drawings of the structures to be built. They inspect the site during the construction process to ensure the work is following the building plans. Some civil engineering technicians determine the materials to be used and estimate construction costs.

Some sample job titles include civil engineering designer, engineering technician, engineering assistant, civil designer, civil engineering assistant, design technician and engineering specialist.

Responsibilities

  • Review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structures or systems and materials needed
  • Develop detailed drawings and design layouts
  • Consult with supervisor to determine details of the project
  • Prepare plans and estimate costs for construction of structures and installation of systems
  • Create reports and document project data and activities
  • Inspect project site and evaluate the work of contractors
  • Report project site maintenance problems to their supervisor
  • Help research a project

Job Characteristics

Since a large number of engineering technicians are involved with design work, creativity is beneficial. Engineering technicians are usually part of a team, thus the ability to work well with others is important. Good communications and mathematics skills are also important.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted a 17 percent employment growth for civil engineering technicians during the 2008 to 2018 timeframe. In addition, the median annual earnings for civil engineering technicians in 2008 was $44,290.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most employers prefer to hire people that have at least an associate degree in engineering technology. Associate degrees in civil engineering technology are also available. Most associate degree programs that have been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) include at least college algebra and trigonometry along with one or two basic science courses.

Graduates of ABET accredited programs are typically recognized as having an acceptable level of competence in the subjects of science and math and also technical courses that are required of the occupation.

Technical institutes usually offer a lot of technical training through application and practice, however they usually offer less general education and theory than community colleges. Many colleges offer bachelor's degrees in engineering technology, however graduates of these programs often are employed as applied engineers or technologists and not as technicians.

Many private and public schools offer technical training and the type and quality of training varies significantly. Students may want to ask perspective employers for their school preferences. They should also ask a school representative about the types of jobs their graduates have acquired.

Employers typically don't require engineering technicians to be certified, however those with certification may have a competitive advantage. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies offers certification programs for several engineering technology specialties.

Resources

Major Employers

The primary job providing industries are architectural, engineering and related services; state government, local government, nonresidential building construction; and colleges, universities and professional schools.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Civil Engineering Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Civil Engineering Technicians jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 320 $41,670
Hoover 320 $41,670
Montgomery 240 $29,550
Mobile 200 $41,900
Huntsville 130 $31,780
Muscle Shoals 50 $34,180
Florence 50 $34,180
Foley 50 $39,340
Fairhope 50 $39,340
Daphne 50 $39,340
Anniston 40 $30,750
Oxford 40 $30,750
Jacksonville 40 $30,750
Auburn 40 $33,510
Opelika 40 $33,510
Tuscaloosa N/A $30,170
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 300 $72,710
Fairbanks 120 N/A
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 870 $51,630
Mesa 870 $51,630
Phoenix 870 $51,630
Tucson 110 N/A
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 110 $47,330
North Little Rock 110 $47,330
Little Rock 110 $47,330
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 2810 $74,210
Long Beach 2810 $74,210
Los Angeles 2810 $74,210
San Francisco 1130 $61,430
Hayward 1130 $61,430
Oakland 1130 $61,430
San Diego 1000 $58,130
Carlsbad 1000 $58,130
Roseville 610 $68,760
Arcade 610 $68,760
Sacramento 610 $68,760
Arden 610 $68,760
Ontario 590 $61,490
Riverside 590 $61,490
San Bernardino 590 $61,490
Santa Clara 400 $60,130
San Jose 400 $60,130
Sunnyvale 400 $60,130
Ventura 350 $54,420
Thousand Oaks 350 $54,420
Oxnard 350 $54,420
Santa Rosa 230 $63,910
Bakersfield 170 $58,950
Fresno 160 $67,430
Redding 90 $67,430
Chico 80 $58,110
Paso Robles 70 $56,850
San Luis Obispo 70 $56,850
Arroyo Grande 70 $56,850
Santa Maria 70 $70,340
Santa Barbara 70 $70,340
Santa Cruz 60 $62,510
Watsonville 60 $62,510
Modesto 50 $57,870
Vallejo 40 $76,200
Fairfield 40 $76,200
Napa 40 $77,100
Merced 30 $66,980
Yuba City 30 $67,430
Lodi N/A $69,330
Stockton N/A $69,330
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 700 $43,040
Denver 700 $43,040
Aurora 700 $43,040
Colorado Springs 230 $38,100
Fort Collins 100 $34,090
Greeley 50 $53,130
Boulder 50 $53,250
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 340 $65,610
West Hartford 340 $65,610
Hartford 340 $65,610
New Haven 60 $56,590
Stamford 30 $84,910
Norwalk 30 $84,910
Bridgeport 30 $84,910
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 160 $42,030
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 860 $55,660
Fort Lauderdale 860 $55,660
West Palm Beach 860 $55,660
Clearwater 520 $44,810
Tampa 520 $44,810
St. Petersburg 520 $44,810
Kissimmee 330 $47,020
Sanford 330 $47,020
Orlando 330 $47,020
Jacksonville 210 $46,870
Tallahassee 120 $47,950
Palm Bay 100 $49,230
Melbourne 100 $49,230
Titusville 100 $49,230
North Port 100 $51,930
Bradenton 100 $51,930
Sarasota 100 $51,930
Destin 80 $48,820
Fort Walton Beach 80 $48,820
Crestview 80 $48,820
Winter Haven 80 $57,050
Lakeland 80 $57,050
Ferry Pass 70 $49,290
Brent 70 $49,290
Pensacola 70 $49,290
Panama City 70 $49,380
Fort Myers 70 $52,790
Cape Coral 70 $52,790
Port St. Lucie 50 $45,110
Daytona Beach 50 $55,840
Deltona 50 $55,840
Ormond Beach 50 $55,840
Gainesville 40 $39,730
Marco Island 40 $59,170
Naples 40 $59,170
Immokalee 40 $59,170
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 1240 $45,080
Roswell 1240 $45,080
Sandy Springs 1240 $45,080
Macon 40 $55,710
Savannah 40 $62,450
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 110 $51,160
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 90 $50,460
Coeur d'Alene 40 $47,770
Idaho Falls 40 $49,800
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 60 $59,140
Decatur 40 $56,120
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 400 $58,740
Anderson 400 $58,740
Carmel 400 $58,740
Bloomington N/A $23,760
Fort Wayne N/A $48,180
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 220 $40,910
West Des Moines 220 $40,910
Ames 120 $68,430
Cedar Rapids 70 $38,890
Iowa City 60 $52,680
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 200 $45,180
Topeka 190 $44,940
Manhattan 50 $43,010
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 290 $45,430
Fayette 290 $45,430
Bowling Green 60 $43,810
Fort Knox 40 $50,910
Elizabethtown 40 $50,910
Owensboro 30 $52,440
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 210 $46,290
New Orleans 210 $46,290
Baton Rouge 180 $53,110
Lafayette 60 $50,340
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 100 $53,450
Portland 100 $53,450
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 530 $52,790
Columbia 530 $52,790
Baltimore 530 $52,790
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 60 $47,100
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1430 $44,730
Warren 1430 $44,730
Detroit 1430 $44,730
Lansing 230 $55,620
East Lansing 230 $55,620
Wyoming 150 $51,380
Grand Rapids 150 $51,380
Ann Arbor 70 $59,290
Portage 60 $53,240
Kalamazoo 60 $53,240
Flint 50 $57,270
Jackson 50 $58,350
Muskegon 40 $45,090
Monroe N/A $56,860
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Mankato 90 $60,930
Mankato 90 $60,930
Rochester 80 $60,940
St. Cloud 40 $60,930
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 260 $36,290
Pascagoula 130 $34,430
Biloxi 130 $34,430
Gulfport 130 $34,430
Hattiesburg 40 $33,330
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 90 $40,030
Jefferson City 80 $46,850
Columbia N/A $46,560
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 50 $40,250
Missoula 40 $51,280
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 130 $55,310
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 350 $54,100
Henderson 350 $54,100
Las Vegas 350 $54,100
Reno 270 $59,920
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 60 $45,750
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 170 $51,500
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 200 $40,290
Las Cruces 90 $42,410
Santa Fe 50 $41,060
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 180 $56,070
Troy 180 $56,070
Schenectady 180 $56,070
Rochester 140 $50,880
Niagara Falls 100 $53,510
Cheektowaga 100 $53,510
Buffalo 100 $53,510
Syracuse 100 $60,180
Rome N/A $44,600
Utica N/A $44,600
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 940 $46,530
High Point 260 $46,530
Greensboro 260 $46,530
Asheville 220 $41,600
Durham 140 $44,930
Chapel Hill 140 $44,930
Fayetteville 130 $44,850
Wilmington 120 $45,590
Winston 90 $46,120
Salem 90 $46,120
Greenville 80 $46,180
Hickory 40 $39,350
Lenoir 40 $39,350
Morganton 40 $39,350
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 160 $49,510
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 460 $52,650
Dayton 280 $47,680
Elyria 190 $51,530
Cleveland 190 $51,530
Akron 190 $58,020
Toledo 160 $52,820
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 420 $54,390
Tulsa 180 $50,790
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 150 $63,230
Eugene 60 $62,060
Medford 40 $59,410
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 520 $47,530
Carlisle 240 $54,320
Harrisburg 240 $54,320
York 130 $48,480
Hanover 130 $48,480
Wilkes 80 $51,090
Barre 80 $51,090
Scranton 80 $51,090
Hazleton 80 $51,090
Johnstown 60 $38,190
State College 60 $39,780
Altoona 50 $54,130
Reading 50 $69,530
Williamsport 40 $41,890
Lancaster N/A $54,070
Erie N/A $54,740
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 380 $23,550
Carolina 380 $23,550
San Juan 380 $23,550
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 170 $49,360
Mauldin 140 $37,530
Anderson 140 $37,530
Greenville 140 $37,530
Charleston 130 $46,070
North Charleston 130 $46,070
Spartanburg 30 $38,070
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 110 $42,610
Sioux Falls 100 $44,590
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 340 $37,320
Murfreesboro 340 $37,320
Davidson 340 $37,320
Nashville 340 $37,320
Knoxville 290 $36,240
Johnson City 60 $29,560
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Houston 2690 $49,420
The Woodlands 2690 $49,420
Sugar Land 2690 $49,420
Arlington 1620 $46,670
Dallas 1620 $46,670
Fort Worth 1620 $46,670
Round Rock 1140 $50,420
Austin 1140 $50,420
New Braunfels 1140 $52,090
San Antonio 1140 $52,090
El Paso 410 $43,850
Corpus Christi 340 $45,300
Beaumont 220 $43,290
Port Arthur 220 $43,290
Amarillo 170 $38,840
College Station 170 $41,350
Bryan 170 $41,350
Waco 150 $39,890
Mission 130 $44,770
McAllen 130 $44,770
Edinburg 130 $44,770
Lubbock 120 $40,010
Tyler 120 $42,930
Wichita Falls 110 $42,480
Abilene 110 $45,760
Longview 100 $41,840
San Angelo 100 $43,940
Temple 80 $39,520
Killeen 80 $39,520
Midland 80 $52,350
Laredo 70 $42,660
Odessa 70 $52,230
Harlingen 60 $38,700
Brownsville 60 $38,700
Sherman 40 $41,150
Denison 40 $41,150
Victoria 40 $41,240
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 330 $48,550
Orem 120 $48,510
Provo 120 $48,510
Clearfield 30 $50,720
Ogden 30 $50,720
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 100 $41,420
Burlington 100 $41,420
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 420 $33,000
Roanoke 110 $35,210
Charlottesville 40 $39,290
Christiansburg 30 $37,000
Blacksburg 30 $37,000
Radford 30 $37,000
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 840 $64,650
Tacoma 840 $64,650
Bellevue 840 $64,650
Tumwater 190 $57,870
Olympia 190 $57,870
Spokane 110 $59,620
Spokane Valley 110 $59,620
Richland 90 $63,110
Kennewick 90 $63,110
Bremerton 70 $61,100
Silverdale 70 $61,100
Yakima 60 $52,670
Anacortes 50 $61,870
Mount Vernon 50 $61,870
Bellingham 40 $59,620
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 210 $43,980
Parkersburg 80 $35,460
Vienna 80 $35,460
Morgantown N/A $37,270
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 480 $52,080
Waukesha 480 $52,080
Milwaukee 480 $52,080
Madison 390 $52,760
Green Bay 170 $54,620
Eau Claire 80 $49,380
Janesville 40 $42,680
Beloit 40 $42,680
Appleton 40 $44,830
Wausau 40 $51,480
Racine 30 $48,940
Neenah 30 $50,580
Oshkosh 30 $50,580
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 100 $44,750

Most Popular Industries for :
Civil Engineering Technicians

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 43,290 49% $43,800
Government 38,370 43% $43,910
Construction 1,040 1% $43,740
Civil Engineering 1,030 1% $48,190
Utilities 900 1% $61,840
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