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

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

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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  • Building codes

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

  • Engineering processes

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

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Keep records of work progress

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

  • 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.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • 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.

  • Inspect construction supplies

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

  • Prioritise tasks

    Organise tasks according to their priority.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Perform field research

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

Common job titles

  • Civil engineer/engineering technician
  • Engineering technician
  • Entry level - civil engineering technicians
  • Transportation engineering technician v
  • Engineering technician iii
  • Cad ii - land development
  • Civil eit- land development (entry level, dec 2017 graduates only)