What do Civil Engineering Technicians do?

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.

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

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