Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. Additionally, technicians generally help civil engineers by observing progress on a jobsite, collecting data, and completing routine reports to document project activities.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
Critical-thinking: 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.
Math skills: Civil engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work. For this reason, they need to be familiar with algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
Problem-solving skills: Like civil engineers, civil engineering technicians help design projects to solve a particular problem. Technicians must be able to understand and work with all the related systems involved in building a project.
Reading skills: Civil engineering technicians carry out plans and designs for projects that a civil engineer has approved. Thus, they must be able to understand all the reports, plans, and documents describing these designs.
Although not always required, an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology is preferred for employment as a civil engineering technician.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You like to design and build things.
- You pay close attention to detail.
- You can explain plans and drawings to others.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
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