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Civil Engineering Technicians

Civil Engineering Technicians
Quick Facts : Civil Engineering Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$46,290
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201279,000
Job Outlook12% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change9,400

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers plan and design the construction of highways, bridges, utilities, and other major infrastructure projects. They read and review project blueprints to determine dimensions of structures. They also help with commercial, residential, and land development.

What Civil Engineering Technicians Do

  • Read and review project blueprints to determine dimensions of structures
  • Confer with their supervisors about preparing plans and evaluating field conditions
  • Inspect project sites and evaluate contractors' work to detect problems with a design
  • Help to ensure that projects conform to design specifications and applicable codes
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for installing systems and operating facilities

Work Environment

Civil engineering technicians work in offices where they help civil engineers plan and design projects. Civil engineering technicians sometimes visit the job site where a construction project is taking place to test materials or inspect the project.
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Job Outlook

Employment of civil engineering technicians is expected to grow 12 percent from 2010 to 2020 as the need to maintain and repair the country?s infrastructure continues to increase.
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The average salary of civil engineering technicians in May 2010 was $46,290.
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Becoming a Civil Engineering Technicians

Employers generally favor engineering technicians who have an associate's degree from an ABET-accredited program. Engineering technology programs are also available at technical or vocational schools that award a postgraduate certificate or diploma.
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