Civil Engineering Technicians

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

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What They Do

  • Negotiate prices for new contracts or for modifications to existing contracts with contractors.
  • Respond to public suggestions and complaints.
  • Plan and conduct field surveys to locate new sites and analyze details of project sites.
  • Evaluate facility to determine suitability for occupancy and square footage availability.
  • Develop project budgets by estimating the cost of project activities.
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for installation of systems, utilization of facilities, or construction of structures.
  • Conduct materials test and analysis using tools and equipment and applying engineering knowledge.
  • Inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to detect design malfunctions and ensure conformance to design specifications and applicable codes.
  • Report maintenance problems occurring at project site to supervisor and negotiate changes to resolve system conflicts.
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $53,670 with most people making between $33,750 and $77,600


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,400 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,490 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 9 openings due to growth and about 61 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.

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