Civil engineering technician


Civil engineering technicians help design and execute construction plans and take on organisational tasks, for example in the planning and monitoring, and in bidding and invoicing of construction work. They also calculate material requirements, and help with the purchasing and organising, and ensure the quality of the construction materials. Civil engineering technicians may perform technical tasks in civil engineering and develop and advise on policy implementing strategies for road works, traffic lights, sewerage and water management systems.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to civil engineering technician:

civil engineering superintendent
road engineering superintendent
civil engineering services technician
civil engineering technical assistant
earthworks civil engineering superintendent
technician, civil engineering
civil engineering design technician
civils technician
hydraulic engineering superintendent
civil engineering technical officer

Minimum qualifications

Associate’s degree is generally required to work as civil engineering technician. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Civil engineering technician is a Skill level 3 occupation.

Civil engineering technician career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to civil engineering technician.

asphalt laboratory technician
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construction quality manager
civil drafter
building inspector

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of civil engineering technician. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of civil engineering technician with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

transport engineer
installation engineer
equipment engineer
construction engineer
research engineer

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of civil engineering technician.

Engineering principles: The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.
Technical drawings: Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.
Building codes: The set of guidelines that determine the minimum standards for buildings and other constructions in order to protect public health and safety.
Engineering processes: The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.
Civil engineering: The engineering discipline that studies the design, construction and maintenance of naturally built works such as roads, buildings, and canals.
Construction methods: The various techniques and methods for erecting buildings and other constructions.
Construction industry: The products, brands and suppliers active in the construction field.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of civil engineering technician.

Ensure compliance with safety legislation: Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.
Inspect construction supplies: Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.
Use technical drawing software: Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.
Prevent damage to utility infrastructure: Consult utility companies or plans on the location of any utility infrastructure that may interfere with a project or be damaged by it. Take the necessary steps to avoid damage.
Follow health and safety procedures in construction: Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.
Prioritise tasks: Organise tasks according to their priority.
Perform field research: Participate in field research and evaluation of state and private lands and waters.
Use measurement instruments: Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.
Use safety equipment in construction: Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.
Keep records of work progress: Maintain records of the progress of the work including time, defects, malfunctions, etc.
Estimate duration of work: Produce accurate calculations on time necessary to fulfil future technical tasks based on past and present information and observations or plan the estimated duration of individual tasks in a given project.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of civil engineering technician. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Materials science: Field of science and engineering that researches new materials on the basis of their structure, properties, synthesis, and performance for a variety of purposes, including increasing fire resistance of construction materials.
Urban planning law: Investments and urban development agreements. Legislative developments regarding construction in terms of environmental, sustainability, social and financial matters.
Electrical engineering: Understand electrical engineering, a field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.
Mathematics: Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.
Design principles: The elements used in design such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, symmetry, space, form, texture, colour, light, shade and congruence and their application into practice.
Energy performance of buildings: Factors that contribute to lower energy consumption of buildings. Building and renovation techniques used to achieve this. Legislation and procedures regarding energy performance of buildings.
Project management: Understand project management and the activities which comprise this area. Know the variables implied in project management such as time, resources, requirements, deadlines, and responding to unexpected events.
Zoning codes: The division of land into zones where various uses and activities are allowed, such as residential, agricultural, and industrial activities. These zones are regulated by legislative procedures and local authorities.
Cost management: The process of planning, monitoring and adjusting the expenses and revenues of a business in order to achieve cost efficiency and capability.
Urban planning: Political and technical process that seeks to design the urban environment and optimize land use by considering various aspects such as infrastructure, water, and green and social spaces.
Energy efficiency: Field of information concerning the reduction of the use of energy. It encompasses calculating the consumption of energy, providing certificates and support measures, saving energy by reducing the demand, encouraging efficient use of fossil fuels, and promoting the use of renewable energy.
Mechanical engineering: Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.
Cad software: The computer-aided design (CAD) software for creating, modifying, analysing or optimising a design.
Traffic engineering: The subdiscipline of civil engineering that applies engineering methods to create safe and efficient traffic flows of people and goods on roadways, including sidewalks, traffic lights, and cycle facilities.
Industrial design: The practice of designing products to be manufactured through techniques of mass production.
Renewable energy technologies: The different types of energy sources which cannot be depleted, such as wind, solar, water, biomass, and biofuel energy. The different technologies used to implement these types of energy to an increasing degree, such as wind turbines, hydroelectric dams, photovoltaics, and concentrated solar power.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of civil engineering technician. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Advise on construction materials: Provide advice on and test a wide range of construction materials.
Work ergonomically: Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.
Oversee construction project: Make sure that the construction project is carried out in compliance with the building permit, the execution plans, the performance and design specifications, and the relevant regulations.
Manage budgets: Plan, monitor and report on the budget.
Conduct land surveys: Conduct surveys to determine the location and features of natural and man-made structures, on surface level as well as underground and underwater. Operate electronic distance-measuring equipment and digital measuring instruments.
Advise on building matters: Provide advice on building matters to the various parties involved in construction projects. Bring to their awareness important building considerations and consult on construction budgets.
Monitor parameters’ compliance in construction projects: Monitors progress in construction sites and the compliance of various parameters outlined in the design phase such as quality, costs, timeline, and contractors’ responsibilities.
Adjust engineering designs: Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.
Manage health and safety standards: Oversee all personnel and processes to comply with health, safety and hygiene standards. Communicate and support alignment of these requirements with the company’s health and safety programmes.
Obtain relevant licenses: Comply with specific legal regulations, e.g. install the necessary systems and provide the necessary documentation, in order to obtain the relevant license.
Work in a construction team: Work as part of a team in a construction project. Communicate efficiently, sharing information with team members and reporting to supervisors. Follow instructions and adapt to changes in a flexible manner.
Calculate needs for construction supplies: Take measurements on site and estimate the amount of materials required for the construction or restoration project.
Ensure compliance with construction project deadline: Plan, schedule and monitor the building processes in order to ensure completion of the project by the set deadline.
Maintain operational standards: To ensure full compliance within requirements Gambling legislation and regulation. To ensure that all gaming staff and managers receive regular scheduled training in technical competence and procedural compliance. To review and agree improvements where necessary for any Audits within your line of responsibility. To ensure any agreed changes to Gaming Procedures and processes are fully implemented. To prevent theft and fraud (external and / or internal personnel) by implementing the security control procedures. To compile accurate and timely performance reports as per company requirements. To develop a succession plan for all Gaming Staff, ensuring sufficient trained and licensed managers are available to run the department. To actively seek and take advantage of, opportunities for personal development, within the business.
Manage engineering project: Manage engineering project resources, budget, deadlines, and human resources, and plan schedules as well as any technical activities pertinent to the project.
Create autocad drawings: Create As-Built municipal drawings using AutoCAD.
Design buildings: Design buildings and housing projects in cooperation with communities, clients, and other professionals.
Promote environmental awareness: Calculate the carbon footprint of business processes and other practices in order to promote sustainability and to raise awareness for the environmental impact.
Use cad software: Use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design.
Address problems critically: Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various abstract, rational concepts, such as issues, opinions, and approaches related to a specific problematic situation in order to formulate solutions and alternative methods of tackling the situation.
Design scale models: Design imitations of products such as vehicles or buildings which accurately represent the dimensions of the product in a smaller format.
Define technical requirements: Specify technical properties of goods, materials, methods, processes, services, systems, software and functionalities by identifying and responding to the particular needs that are to be satisfied according to customer requirements.
Control of expenses: Monitoring and maintaining effective cost controls, in regards to efficiencies, waste, overtime and staffing. Assessing excesses and strives for efficiency and productivity.
Assess financial viability: Revise and analyse financial information and requirements of projects such as their budget appraisal, expected turnover, and risk assessment for determining the benefits and costs of the project. Assess if the agreement or project will redeem its investment, and whether the potential profit is worth the financial risk.
Set up temporary construction site infrastructure: Set up a variety of temporary infrastructure used on building sites. Put up fences and signs. Set up any construction trailers and make sure that these are connected to electricity lines and water supply. Establish supplies stores and garbage disposal in a sensible manner.
Approve engineering design: Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

ISCO group and title

3112 – Civil engineering technicians





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Last updated on August 8, 2022

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