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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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Montgomery 180 $35,000
Mobile 180 $42,390
Hoover 150 $40,750
Birmingham 150 $40,750
Huntsville 120 $31,730
Tuscaloosa 70 $36,850
Fairhope 50 $39,460
Daphne 50 $39,460
Foley 50 $39,460
Florence 40 $38,520
Muscle Shoals 40 $38,520
Auburn 30 $33,350
Opelika 30 $33,350
Oxford N/A $37,530
Jacksonville N/A $37,530
Anniston N/A $37,530
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 300 $69,290
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 950 $52,310
Mesa 950 $52,310
Phoenix 950 $52,310
Tucson 130 $52,280
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 120 $45,820
North Little Rock 120 $45,820
Little Rock 120 $45,820
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 2890 $71,420
Los Angeles 2890 $71,420
Long Beach 2890 $71,420
Hayward 1120 $61,100
Oakland 1120 $61,100
San Francisco 1120 $61,100
Carlsbad 980 $57,810
San Diego 980 $57,810
Ontario 630 $61,130
Riverside 630 $61,130
San Bernardino 630 $61,130
Arcade 610 $66,140
Sacramento 610 $66,140
Roseville 610 $66,140
Arden 610 $66,140
Sunnyvale 500 $55,690
San Jose 500 $55,690
Santa Clara 500 $55,690
Santa Rosa 300 $64,910
Fresno 190 $65,970
Bakersfield 170 $56,520
Ventura 170 $64,940
Oxnard 170 $64,940
Thousand Oaks 170 $64,940
Redding 100 $64,560
San Luis Obispo 90 $54,210
Arroyo Grande 90 $54,210
Paso Robles 90 $54,210
Santa Maria 50 $72,550
Santa Barbara 50 $72,550
Chico 40 $56,480
Yuba City 30 $65,930
Modesto 30 $67,850
Lodi N/A $68,490
Stockton N/A $68,490
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 570 $48,530
Lakewood 570 $48,530
Denver 570 $48,530
Colorado Springs 260 $37,140
Fort Collins 80 $42,650
Boulder 30 $61,810
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 300 $66,100
West Hartford 300 $66,100
Hartford 300 $66,100
New Haven 60 $55,330
Norwalk 40 $71,530
Stamford 40 $71,530
Bridgeport 40 $71,530
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 160 $43,350
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 710 $50,900
Fort Lauderdale 710 $50,900
Miami 710 $50,900
Sanford 430 $47,100
Orlando 430 $47,100
Kissimmee 430 $47,100
Tampa 420 $47,380
St. Petersburg 420 $47,380
Clearwater 420 $47,380
Jacksonville 180 $42,600
Tallahassee 110 $43,440
North Port 90 $48,650
Bradenton 90 $48,650
Sarasota 90 $48,650
Brent 80 $42,940
Ferry Pass 80 $42,940
Pensacola 80 $42,940
Melbourne 80 $46,080
Palm Bay 80 $46,080
Titusville 80 $46,080
Lakeland 70 $56,700
Winter Haven 70 $56,700
Panama City 50 $43,740
Port St. Lucie 50 $44,250
Deltona 50 $48,380
Daytona Beach 50 $48,380
Ormond Beach 50 $48,380
Fort Myers 30 $51,640
Cape Coral 30 $51,640
Punta Gorda N/A $48,760
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1360 $39,750
Sandy Springs 1360 $39,750
Atlanta 1360 $39,750
Savannah 50 $52,550
Macon 50 $58,060
Albany 40 $40,380
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 120 $47,080
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 150 $50,310
Coeur d'Alene 40 $46,480
Idaho Falls 40 $51,360
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 210 $51,410
Rockford 70 $61,330
Springfield 60 $45,380
Champaign 40 $50,970
Urbana 40 $50,970
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 300 $58,290
Carmel 300 $58,290
Indianapolis 300 $58,290
Fort Wayne 50 $46,940
Bloomington N/A $23,740
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 190 $52,880
West Des Moines 190 $52,880
Ames 80 $66,100
Cedar Rapids 70 $38,340
Iowa City 40 $56,610
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Topeka 230 $45,550
Wichita 220 $44,480
Manhattan 60 $40,810
Lawrence 30 $41,340
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 260 $44,210
Fayette 260 $44,210
Bowling Green 50 $41,990
Fort Knox 40 $42,300
Elizabethtown 40 $42,300
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 490 $47,200
Metairie 270 $43,040
New Orleans 270 $43,040
Lafayette 140 $44,780
Shreveport 100 $46,700
Bossier City 100 $46,700
Monroe 80 $43,400
Alexandria 80 $44,680
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bangor 90 N/A
South Portland 80 $52,940
Portland 80 $52,940
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 370 $56,540
Towson 370 $56,540
Columbia 370 $56,540
Lexington Park 40 $38,450
California 40 $38,450
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 60 $45,010
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1060 $46,270
Detroit 1060 $46,270
Warren 1060 $46,270
East Lansing 200 $57,220
Lansing 200 $57,220
Wyoming 130 $50,160
Grand Rapids 130 $50,160
Portage 60 $51,270
Kalamazoo 60 $51,270
Ann Arbor 60 $58,390
Flint 50 $55,920
Jackson 40 $56,460
Monroe N/A $55,310
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 70 $59,460
Mankato 70 $59,460
North Mankato 70 $59,460
St. Cloud 40 $59,450
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 240 $36,310
Gulfport 130 $35,100
Pascagoula 130 $35,100
Biloxi 130 $35,100
Hattiesburg 50 $33,330
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 80 $46,000
Springfield 70 $36,160
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 40 $33,260
Great Falls 40 $41,210
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 110 $55,280
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 320 $57,460
Henderson 320 $57,460
Las Vegas 320 $57,460
Reno 240 $55,100
Carson City 140 $45,650
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 60 $44,340
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 170 $51,530
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 160 $39,970
Las Cruces 90 $39,890
Santa Fe 70 $41,620
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 150 $50,760
Troy 150 $50,760
Schenectady 150 $50,760
Rochester 140 $56,640
Niagara Falls 110 $49,160
Cheektowaga 110 $49,160
Buffalo 110 $49,160
Syracuse 110 $63,310
Rome N/A $43,270
Utica N/A $43,270
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 950 $47,650
Greensboro 320 $45,210
High Point 320 $45,210
Asheville 180 $42,230
Durham 130 $44,190
Chapel Hill 130 $44,190
Wilmington 120 $44,460
Salem 120 $46,120
Winston 120 $46,120
Fayetteville 120 $48,120
Greenville 80 $47,050
Morganton 40 $37,200
Hickory 40 $37,200
Lenoir 40 $37,200
New Bern 40 $49,740
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 160 $47,870
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 510 $53,740
Dayton 280 $46,110
Akron 240 $57,000
Toledo 200 $52,780
Elyria 180 $54,040
Cleveland 180 $54,040
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 310 $55,470
Tulsa 170 $48,790
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 140 $62,710
Eugene 50 $60,340
Medford 30 $60,450
Corvallis 30 $64,900
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 620 $48,340
Carlisle 250 $53,890
Harrisburg 250 $53,890
York 100 $45,470
Hanover 100 $45,470
Hazleton 70 $52,960
Barre 70 $52,960
Scranton 70 $52,960
Wilkes 70 $52,960
State College 50 $36,180
Reading 50 $61,840
Williamsport 40 $40,030
Altoona 40 $53,850
Lancaster N/A $52,080
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 420 $24,190
Carolina 420 $24,190
San Juan 420 $24,190
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Charleston 180 $42,940
Charleston 180 $42,940
Mauldin 170 $35,630
Greenville 170 $35,630
Anderson 170 $35,630
Columbia 140 $51,320
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 110 $42,710
Rapid City 80 $42,470
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 380 $53,250
Murfreesboro 380 $53,250
Davidson 380 $53,250
Nashville 380 $53,250
Knoxville 240 $48,810
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 2700 $44,740
Houston 2700 $44,740
Sugar Land 2700 $44,740
Fort Worth 1800 $46,190
Arlington 1800 $46,190
Dallas 1800 $46,190
Austin 1170 $49,520
Round Rock 1170 $49,520
San Antonio 710 $43,550
New Braunfels 710 $43,550
Corpus Christi 360 $44,910
El Paso 340 $41,800
Bryan 210 $37,590
College Station 210 $37,590
Port Arthur 170 $38,680
Beaumont 170 $38,680
Lubbock 150 $38,270
Waco 150 $39,550
Mission 140 $40,880
Edinburg 140 $40,880
McAllen 140 $40,880
Amarillo 130 $37,530
Abilene 130 $44,900
Wichita Falls 100 $40,850
Tyler 100 $43,930
Longview 90 $42,000
Midland 90 $46,880
Temple 80 $38,130
Killeen 80 $38,130
Laredo 80 $40,240
San Angelo 80 $42,720
Odessa 60 $48,450
Brownsville 50 $36,510
Harlingen 50 $36,510
Victoria 40 $40,300
Sherman 30 $40,150
Denison 30 $40,150
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 290 $48,310
Orem 200 $49,460
Provo 200 $49,460
Clearfield 50 $50,570
Ogden 50 $50,570
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 60 $44,330
Burlington 60 $44,330
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 430 $33,920
Roanoke 80 $32,620
Charlottesville 40 $31,080
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 970 $62,370
Tacoma 970 $62,370
Bellevue 970 $62,370
Tumwater 200 $56,490
Olympia 200 $56,490
Spokane 130 $57,880
Spokane Valley 130 $57,880
Silverdale 80 $59,480
Bremerton 80 $59,480
Kennewick 80 $60,760
Richland 80 $60,760
Yakima 70 $52,460
Anacortes 50 $59,340
Mount Vernon 50 $59,340
Bellingham 40 $61,460
Wenatchee 30 $56,490
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 50 $46,970
Vienna N/A $35,460
Parkersburg N/A $35,460
Morgantown N/A $36,600
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 420 $48,260
Milwaukee 420 $52,230
Waukesha 420 $52,230
West Allis 420 $52,230
Green Bay 150 $55,200
Eau Claire 110 $51,560
Janesville 30 $46,340
Beloit 30 $46,340
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 110 $44,030
Casper 30 $41,390

Most Popular Industries for :
Civil Engineering Technicians

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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