Civil Engineering Technician or Assistant
Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers plan and design the construction of highways, bridges, utilities, and other major infrastructure projects. They also help with commercial, residential, and land development. Civil engineering technicians generally help civil engineers, often doing many of the same tasks as the engineers. However, because they are not licensed, civil engineering technicians cannot approve designs or supervise the overall project. These technicians sometimes estimate construction costs and specify the materials to be used. Other times, they prepare drawings or survey land. Civil engineering technicians may also set up and monitor various instruments for studies of traffic conditions.TCC programs that are right for you:Drafting and Design Technology Programs
Civil engineering technicians work in offices where they help civil engineers plan and design projects. They work primarily in architectural and engineering industries, and in federal, state, and local governments. Civil engineering technicians sometimes visit the job site where a construction project is taking place to test materials or inspect the project. They do this to help ensure that the designs approved by the licensed civil engineer are being carried out correctly.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of civil engineering technicians is expected to grow 12 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need to maintain and repair the country’s infrastructure continues to increase: bridges need rebuilding, roads need maintaining, and levees and dams need upgrading. Moreover, a growing population means that water systems must be maintained to reduce or eliminate loss of drinkable water. Additionally, more waste treatment plants will be needed to help clean the nation’s waterways. Civil engineers must plan, design, and oversee this work, and civil engineering technicians will be needed to help the engineers.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.