The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
Civil Engineering Technician
|Overview:||Civil engineering technicians work with civil engineers on construction sites. They help prepare construction specifications, use surveying instruments, make the project dimensional drawings and inspect completed work to be sure it meets engineering and environmental specifications.|
|Duties:||They confer with civil engineers to determine construction project dimensions and the needs of project managers for drawings, schematics and specifications.
Perform math calculations to identify quantity of construction materials needed. Prepare drawings and schematics needed by construction crews.
Survey the construction site with instruments to place markers in the ground which locate the boundaries and major features. They check for damage to the surrounding environment.
Perform inspections during the actual construction process to assure the work is being performed according to the specifications and time table agreed upon.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Engineering Science
|Job Outlook:||Employment of civil engineering technicians is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 spurred by population growth and the need to design and construct transportation, water supply, pollution control systems, roads, bridges, and other public structures.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$28,000 to $34,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||An associate degree from a 2-year college or technical institute is the usual educational requirement. Studies in computer-aided design (CAD) are essential. Graduates of programs approved by the Accreditation Board of Engineering & Technology are given preference for job openings.|
|Advancement Info:||Civil Engineering Technicians usually begin by doing routine duties. They work under the close supervision of experienced technicians or engineers. As they gain experience, technicians are given more difficult assignments and have less supervision. Engineering technicians with leadership skills may advance to supervisor positions. Keeping their skills current through continuing education classes helps technicians to advance. With additional education, technicians can become engineers.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.