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Civil Engineers Technicians

Help play a part in making your city grow.

Whether it's a waterslide, bridge, airport, or just the road we drive on, there is one job that can design them all.

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects. Civil engineering technicians work in offices, where they help civil engineers plan and design projects. Civil engineering technicians also visit jobsites where a construction project is taking place, to collect or test materials or observe the project and act as a project inspector. Although not always required, an associate's degree in civil engineering technology is preferred for employment as a civil engineering technician.

The region's explosive retirement rates have been increasing faster than the growth rate, which in turn drives demand for Civil Engineers Technicians.

20% growth

 With an annual job opening of 326!

growth 57 retirements 102 transfers 167

Civil Engineers earn more than 77,000 when experienced...
2017 Annual Job Wages

What areas of interest would civil engineering satisfy?*

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career in civil engineering. The following data describes the relative importance of each knowledge/skill area from the opinion of those in the industry.  

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

                 *Source: Texas Career Check.

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Education for Civil Engineering Technicians

To prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school, prospective civil engineering technicians should take science and math courses, such as chemistry, physics, geometry, and trigonometry. They should also have basic knowledge of the use of computers.

Employers generally prefer engineering technicians to have an associate's degree from a program accredited by ABET, although a degree is not always required. Engineering technology programs are also available at technical or vocational schools that award a postgraduate certificate or diploma.

Courses at technical or vocational schools may include engineering, design, and computer software. To complete an associate's degree in civil engineering technology, students also usually need to take other courses in liberal arts and the sciences.


Useful Tech for a Head Start

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software: Autodesk AutoCAD; Dassault Systemes CATIA; PTC Creo Parametric
  • Graphics/Photo Imaging Software:  Adobe Fireworks;
  • Map Creation Software (GIS): ESRI ArcGIS software; ESRI ArcView
  • Project Management: Cost estimating software; Microsoft Project; Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

Civil Engineering Programs and Opportunities available in or surrounding the region


Major Employers

Similar Occupations: Mining & Geological EngineersHealth and Safety EngineersArchitectural and Engineering Managers Additional information on engineering careers can be found at the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.    If you have questions about our Industry/Occupation Profiles or are an organization in the Gulf Coast Region, please contact

*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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