Civil Engineering Technicians

Critical thinking
Make important decisions
As assistants to civil engineers, civil engineering technicians must be able to help the engineers identify and solve problems to develop infrastructure plans and to help agencies avoid wasting time, effort, and funds.
Observational skills
Know what to look for
Civil engineering technicians sometimes have to go to jobsites and assess a project for the engineer. Therefore, they must know what to look for and how best to report back to the engineer who is overseeing the project.
Writing skills
Necessary for communication
Civil engineering technicians often are asked to relay their findings in writing. They must be able to write reports that are well organized and clearly written.

Job Description

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build the highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.

Civil engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Read and review project drawings and plans
  • Confer with engineers about preparing plans
  • Use computer aided design software
  • Evaluate pre-construction field conditions
  • Observe project sites and evaluate contractors’ work
  • Test construction materials and soil samples
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for construction
  • Prepare reports and document project activities
  • Collect data and prepare analyses
  • Set up and help maintain project records

Civil engineering technicians typically work under the charge of licensed civil engineers. These technicians generally help civil engineers, performing some of the same tasks as the engineers. However, because they are not licensed, civil engineering technicians cannot approve designs or supervise the overall project.

Job Outlook

Median Pay – $54,080
2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Lowest 10%
Median Wage
Highest 10%
The industries that hired the most were:
Engineering services
State government, excluding education and hospitals
Local government, excluding education and hospitals



  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Program Length – 2 Years
  • Average Pay – $49,900 / yr

Civil engineering technicians help make the wonders of the modern world possible such as highways, bridges, transit systems, airports, water systems and other structures. They assist in such activities as the design of structural steel and reinforced concrete, monitoring construction, surveying and mapping, and assisting in the design of hydraulic structures.

Chattanooga State

Chattanooga State Community College

Cleveland State

Cleveland State Community College


  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Program Length – 2 Years
  • Average Pay – $49,260 / yr

Civil Engineering is a broad range of study that can lead to careers in a variety of engineering disciplines, including: Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Construction Engineering to name a few.

  • Environmental Engineers: perform engineering duties to resolve, or improve environmental conditions (hazards, water, pollution control, etc…)
  • Structural Engineers: design and analyze structures to ensure anticipated loading requirements are met by buildings, bridges, tunnels, etc…
  • Construction Engineers: plan and implement the processes to prepare sites for structures and the building of the structures.