Profession civil engineering technician

civil engineering technician

Civil engineering technicians design, and oversee construction and maintenance of structures and facilities (e.g. water supply systems, road and highway systems, buildings).

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Personality Type

Tasks civil engineering technician

  • Perform calculations (e.g. dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, material quantities) using calculator or computer.
  • Plan and conduct field surveys, inspections or technical investigations (e.g. of topography, soils, drainage and water supply systems, road and highway systems, buildings and structures).
  • Analyze details of project sites and illustrate findings (e.g. by designing maps, graphs, tracings and diagrams).
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data.
  • Develop drawings and design layouts for projects.
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for installation of systems, utilization of facilities or construction of structures.
  • Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications, e.g. to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements.
  • Confer with supervisor to determine project details such as plan preparation, acceptance testing and evaluation of field conditions.
  • Inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to detect design faults and ensure conformity to specifications and codes.
  • Report maintenance problems occurring at project site and negotiate changes to resolve system conflicts.

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  • Civil engineering

    The engineering discipline that studies the design, construction and maintenance of naturally built works such as roads, buildings, and canals.

  • Construction methods

    The various techniques and methods for erecting buildings and other constructions.

  • Building codes

    The set of guidelines that determine the minimum standards for buildings and other constructions in order to protect public health and safety.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Construction industry

    The products, brands and suppliers active in the construction field.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.


  • Prevent damage to utility infrastructure

    Consult utility companies or plans on the location of any utility infrastructure that may interfere with a project or be damaged by it. Take the necessary steps to avoid damage.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Prioritise tasks

    Organise tasks according to their priority.

  • Keep records of work progress

    Maintain records of the progress of the work including time, defects, malfunctions, etc.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Perform field research

    Participate in field research and evaluation of state and private lands and waters.

  • Use measurement instruments

    Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Estimate duration of work

    Produce accurate calculations on time necessary to fulfil future technical tasks based on past and present information and observations or plan the estimated duration of individual tasks in a given project.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

cad software advise on building matters mechanical engineering manage budgets urban planning law cost management use cad software renewable energy technologies materials science promote environmental awareness conduct land surveys zoning codes set up temporary construction site infrastructure work ergonomically design principles energy efficiency work in a construction team create autocad drawings design buildings electrical engineering energy performance of buildings manage health and safety standards approve engineering design project management define technical requirements address problems critically calculate needs for construction supplies industrial design ensure compliance with construction project deadline design scale models obtain relevant licenses maintain operational standards assess financial viability advise on construction materials traffic engineering control of expenses mathematics monitor parameters' compliance in construction projects manage engineering project urban planning adjust engineering designs oversee construction project

Source: Sisyphus ODB