Civil Engineering Technicians


Civil Engineering Technicians


Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers design, plan, and build public as well as private works to meet the community's needs. They are employed in a wide range of projects, such as highways, drainage systems, water and sewage facilities, railroads, subways, airports, dams, bridges, and tunnels. Civil engineering technicians may work in specialties such as transportation, coastal engineering, structural, environmental, geotechnical, construction, architectural, and engineering mechanics. There are 73,800 civil engineering...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree



Completion of at least one internship





Personality Traits

Hands On


Median annual earnings for civil engineering technicians were $52,580 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That same year, the highest paid 10 percent of civil engineering technicians earned more than $79,600, while the lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $33,290. Technicians working for local government agencies had mean annual earnings of $61,960 in 2018. Naturally, hig...

Work Environment

Technicians usually work 40 hours a week with extra pay for overtime. Working conditions vary from job to job. Technicians who enjoy being outdoors may choose a job in construction or surveying; those who prefer working indoors may work in a consulting engineer's office on computations, drafting, or design, or they may work in laboratories. In either case, the work done by civil engineering tec...


The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for civil engineering technicians will grow about as fast as the average for all occupations from 2018 to 2028. As in most industries, those with certification and the most education have the best outlook.

Civil engineering professionals will be in demand because there is an ongoing need to repair and upgrade our nation's aging infras...