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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 – $49,260
2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training
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Make $55,551
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Make $63,377
The industries that hired the most were:

Engineering services

40%

State government, excluding education and hospitals

28%

Local government, excluding education and hospitals

18%

EDUCATION & TRAINING

TCAT

TN College of Applied Technology - Chattanooga

THE PROGRAM

  • Program Length – 1 year (diploma)
  • Job Placement – 90%
  • Average Earnings – $36,570 / yr
  • Cost – $4,705

The mission of the program is to provide technical instruction and skill development that will enable students to become gainfully employed in the welding field. Highly individualized instruction provides for both classroom instruction and practical work experience using hand tools, fabrication shop equipment and welding equipment. The major emphasis of the program is placed on safety, oxyacetylene cutting, plasma arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding of carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Welding is a detail oriented technology. Close attention must be made in all areas of welding, cutting, metal preparation, and fabrication.

Class room and shop experiences focus on construction trades, manufacturing, and industrial welding. Students learn about safety, metallurgy, mathematics and print reading.

THE PROGRAM

  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Program Length – 1 Year
  • Average Pay – $49,260 / yr

Advance, Cleveland State’s block scheduling format, offers working adults a convenient way to obtain a college certificate or degree taking classes with the same core group of students.  Cleveland State is now offering a block schedule for Technical Certificates in Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance and Process Control.  If your time is limited but you are committed to attending college to increase your technical skills, the Advance Technical Certificate Program is for you!

Advantages:

  • Students will be in class with “like-minded” people, who are focused, self-disciplined, and want to earn their certificate.
  • Networking Opportunities—students form strong connections with other working students/professionals.
  • Students know upfront their scheduling for the entire program.

Benefits:

  • Working toward a certificate or degree as a group has been proven to dramatically  improve retention and graduation rates.
  • Faculty are committed to helping students achieve their individual goals.
  • Earning your technical certificate opens doors for promotion within your organization or a new career.
  • The courses in this certificate program will apply to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technology.

Cleveland State

Cleveland State Community College