How to become a Civil Engineering Technologist

Civil engineering technologists assist civil engineers in the research, design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects. Typical projects include dwellings, large buildings, railways, roads, bridges, airports, ports and docks, dams and water supply systems.

Personal requirements of a Civil Engineering Technologist

  • good analytical skills and an eye for detail
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • aptitude for computing and design
  • practical and creative
  • good problem-solving skills
  • able to work without supervision
  • able to accept responsibility.

Duties & Tasks of a Civil Engineering Technologist

Civil engineering technologists: • estimate costs and prepare specifications for materials used in civil engineering works • assist in establishing detailed programmes for the planning of the design and construction processes • communicate with project managers and construction workers • organise the delivery of materials, plant machinery and equipment needed for construction • supervise labour • analyse and record reports on loading, labour, productivity, quality, materials and performance • operate and programme computers to assist with calculations • measure and test materials, processes or systems related to civil engineering works • inspect civil engineering works, and supervise repair work and maintenance • check to ensure that finished works are within specifications, contract terms and regulations.

Working conditions for a Civil Engineering Technologist

Consulting and contracting engineering technologists often travel interstate, and some may travel overseas. It may be necessary for some civil engineering technologists to change residence every few years as their work takes them from one major engineering site to another.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.9%

NSW NSW 42.8%

NT NT 0.2%

QLD QLD 15.1%

SA SA 7.8%

TAS TAS 0.2%

VIC VIC 24.5%

WA WA 7.5%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 87.2%

Female 12.8%

Education level:

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 59.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 40.8%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 4.3%

25-34 - 35.7%

35-44 - 28.6%

45-54 - 14.3%

55-59 - 10%

60-64 - 2.2%

65 and Over - 4.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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