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.
Duties & Tasks
Civil engineering technologists may perform the following tasks: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
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.
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.
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.