Civil Engineering responsibilities

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Summary

Civil engineering technicians help to ensure that projects conform to design specifications.

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers plan and design the construction of highways, bridges, utilities, and other major infrastructure projects. They also help with commercial, residential, and land development. Civil engineering technicians work under the direction of licensed civil engineers.

Civil engineering technicians work in offices, where they help civil engineers plan and design projects. Civil engineering technicians sometimes visit the jobsite where a construction project is taking place, in order to test materials or inspect the project.

Although not always required, an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology is preferred for civil engineering technicians.

The median annual wage for civil engineering technicians was $47, 560 in May 2012.

Employment of civil engineering technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. The need to maintain and repair an aging infrastructure will sustain demand for these workers.

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Civil engineering techniciansCivil engineering technicians confer with project supervisors to determine details of a project.

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers plan and design the construction of highways, bridges, utilities, and other major infrastructure projects. They also help with commercial, residential, and land development.

Duties

Civil engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Read and review project blueprints to determine dimensions of structures
  • Confer with their supervisors about preparing plans and evaluating field conditions
  • Inspect project sites and evaluate contractors’ work in order to detect problems with a design
  • Test construction materials—especially concrete—and soil samples in laboratories
  • Help to ensure that projects conform to design specifications and applicable codes
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for installing systems and operating facilities
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data

Civil engineering techniciansCivil engineering technicians must work under the direction of licensed civil engineers. These technicians generally help civil engineers, often doing many of the same tasks as the engineers. However, because they are not licensed, civil engineering technicians cannot approve designs or supervise the overall project.

Civil engineering technicians sometimes estimate construction costs and specify materials to be used. Other times, they prepare drawings or survey land. They also may set up and monitor various instruments for traffic studies.

Civil engineering technicians work on-site to help civil engineers in implementing project plans correctly.

Civil engineering technicians held about 73, 100 jobs in 2012.

Civil engineering technicians work in offices, where they help civil engineers plan and design projects. The industries that employed the most civil engineering technicians in 2012 were as follows:

Architectural, engineering, and related services 44%
State government, excluding education and hospitals 29
Local government, excluding education and hospitals 18

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Who was the American civil engineer responsible for railroad construction?

Grenville Mellen Dodge an American engineer responsible for much of the railroad construction in the western and southwestern US.