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Civil Engineering Technician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Civil Engineering Technician works with civil engineers on large public construction and infrastructure projects such as roads, buildings, bridges or utilities. Assists with preparation and review of blueprints and plans, site inspections, meeting design specifications, developing cost estimates and preparing project reports.

Job Outlook

There were 725 Civil Engineering Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8251 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Civil Engineering Technician industry, which includes the Civil Engineering Technician career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Civil Engineering Technician jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $52,410.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $47,341.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Civil Engineering Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $42,141.

Education and Experience

Posted Civil Engineering Technician jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree21.68%
Bachelor's Degree14.25%
Master's Degree3.89%
Doctoral Degree0.57%
Other29.98%

Posted Civil Engineering Technician jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years43.89%
3 to 5 years42.33%
6 to 8 years6.56%
9+ years7.22%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Civil Engineering Technician positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (%)
  • Management (%)
  • Operations (%)
  • Customer Service (%)
  • Detail Oriented (%)
  • Planning (%)
  • Problem Solving (%)
  • Self-Motivation (%)
  • Microsoft Office (%)
  • Lifting Ability (%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Civil Engineering (43.02%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Surveying (13.82%)
  • Project Management (21.91%)
  • AutoCAD (16.14%)
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D (11.89%)
  • Highway Maintenance (6.65%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (18.32%)
  • Construction Management (12.78%)
  • Construction Inspection (14.44%)
  • Construction (35.69%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Municipal Or Urban Engineering (%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Municipal Or Urban Engineering (%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Civil Engineering Technician skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Transportation Technician
  • Design Technician
  • Civil Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Construction Field Technician
  • Construction Surveillance Technician
  • Groundsperson
  • Dealership Coordinator

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Civil Engineering Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Black & Veatch (263)
  • Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (210)
  • Owl Services (192)
  • Hitachi (178)
  • Asplundh Tree Experts (147)
  • CarMax (141)
  • Actalent (133)
  • State of Utah (93)
  • State of Idaho (87)
  • Building & Earth Sciences (62)

North Carolina

  • Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (202)
  • Asplundh Tree Experts (54)
  • Gregory Poole (34)
  • Black & Veatch (27)
  • N.C Department Of Transportation (25)
  • State of North Carolina (22)
  • Summit Design And Engineering Services (21)
  • Owl Services (15)
  • Gregory Poole Equipment Company (14)
  • Entrust Solutions Group (12)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!