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17-3022.00 - Civil Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Sample of reported job titles: Civil Designer, Civil Engineering Assistant, Civil Engineering Designer, Civil Engineering Technician, Construction Analyst, Design Technician, Engineering Assistant, Engineering Specialist, Engineering Technician, Transportation Engineering Technician

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects and to ensure conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using calculator or computer. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with supervisor to determine project details such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, and evaluation of field conditions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to detect design malfunctions and ensure conformance to design specifications and applicable codes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for installation of systems, utilization of facilities, or construction of structures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Respond to public suggestions and complaints. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Report maintenance problems occurring at project site to supervisor and negotiate changes to resolve system conflicts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate facility to determine suitability for occupancy and square footage availability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to illustrate findings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan and conduct field surveys to locate new sites and analyze details of project sites. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Analytical balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Augers — Bucket augers; Hand augers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boring or sinking machinery — Hand-operated boring machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression testers — Compression testing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Concrete or cement testing instruments — Metal cones; Paving sample splitters; Slump cones; Stabilometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Densitometers — Nuclear densometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital image printers — Blueprint machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dropping pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Drying ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filter papers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Handheld digital thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heating or drying equipment or accessories — Dessicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic rock drills — Rotary rock drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory beakers — Glass beakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory burets — Glass burets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory dishes — Evaporating dishes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory funnels — Wide-mouthed funnels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders — Graduated glass cylinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory vials See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Land drilling rigs — Small-gauge surface drilling rigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Transit levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Precision levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Loadcells — Load cells See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Machetes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stirrers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring rods — Surveying rods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters — Soil moisture meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open stream current meters — Stream flow gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orbital shakers — Mechanical sieve shakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Penetrometers — Pocket penetrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Permeability testing apparatus — Soil density testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — pH testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Picks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pitch measuring instruments — Inclinometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plotter printers — Plotters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Field data collectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Precipitation or evaporation recorders — Precipitation gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pycnometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sampling syringes — Laboratory bulb syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Computer scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Seismic recorders or seismographs — Seismographs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shear strength testers — Torvanes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil core sampling apparatus — Soil augers; Soil sampling tubes; Split spoon samplers; Thin-walled Shelby tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil testing kits — Soil resistivity test kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Straightedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strain gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tampers — Tamping rods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Test sieves — Laboratory test sieves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Theodolites — Engineers' transits; Total stations See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trowels — Brickmasons' trowels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers — Vibration monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibratory plates — Kneading compactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Volumeters — Dilatometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Coordinate geometry COGO software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D; Autodesk AutoCAD software; Autodesk Land Desktop See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — Digital terrain modeling software; Geographic information system GIS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Create graphical representations of civil structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare operational reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create maps. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review technical documents to plan work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test characteristics of materials or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare detailed work plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate operational costs. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 67% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 64% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 27% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 64% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 44% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 45% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 37% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 33% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 69% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 53% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 66% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 29% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 43% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 28% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 77% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
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Not available Associate's degree
Not available Bachelor's degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Civil Engineering Technology/Technician; Construction Engineering Technology/Technician

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $23.24 hourly, $48,340 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 73,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 15,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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