Civil engineering technologists and technicians

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2231

Civil engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support and services to scientists, engineers and other professionals, or may work independently in fields such as structural engineering, municipal engineering, construction design and supervision, highways and transportation engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering and environmental protection. They are employed by consulting engineering and construction companies, public works, transportation and other government departments and in many other industries.

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Job Duties for Civil engineering technologists and technicians

Civil engineering technologists
  • Develop conventional and computer-assisted design (CAD) engineering designs and drawings from preliminary concepts and sketches
  • Prepare construction specifications, cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports
  • Supervise or conduct field surveys, inspections or technical investigations of topography, soils, drainage and water supply systems, road and highway systems, buildings and structures to provide data for engineering projects
  • Conduct or supervise inspection and testing of construction materials
  • May supervise, monitor and inspect construction projects.
Civil engineering technicians
  • Assist in developing engineering specifications and drawings
  • Participate in field surveys, inspections or technical investigations of topography, soils, drainage and water supply systems, road and highway systems, buildings and structures to provide data for engineering projects
  • Perform other technical functions in support of civil engineering activities.

Working Conditions for Civil engineering technologists and technicians

Indoor work is often performed in laboratories, offices, and industrial plants. Outdoor work is comprised of field inspections of soil, water, and infrastructure; the latter includes roads, highways, and buildings. Safety precautions are taken to prevent injury from toxic materials, chemicals, and equipment when working in the field.

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