How to become a Civil Engineering Technician

Civil engineering technicians conduct tests of construction materials and prepare sketches and tables for civil engineers and civil engineering technologists. They assist with the research, design, construction, operation and maintenance of projects such as roads, airports, railways, buildings, bridges, dams and drainage systems.

Personal requirements for a Civil Engineering Technician

  • Interested in technical activities
  • Interested in structural design
  • Aptitude for computing and design
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Practical and creative
  • Willing to accept responsibility and supervise other people
  • Able to perform careful, accurate and detailed work
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team.

Duties & Tasks of a Civil Engineering Technician

Civil engineering technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • Interpret work assignment instructions, apply appropriate procedures and select equipment under the direction of civil engineers, engineering technologists and engineering associates
  • Conduct field and laboratory tests of construction materials and soils, and collect data for traffic surveys
  • Prepare computations, sketches, charts and tables for civil engineering works such as drainage, water supply, sewage reticulation systems, roads, airports, dams, bridges and other structures.

Working conditions for a Civil Engineering Technician

Civil engineering technicians may work in an office, in technical laboratories or workshops, or on site.


Specializations

Civil Engineering Technician

Civil engineering technicians conduct tests of construction materials and prepare sketches and tables for civil engineers and civil engineering technologists. They assist with the research, design, construction, operation and maintenance of projects such as roads, airports, railways, buildings, bridges, dams and drainage systems.

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