Civil engineering technician

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians perform a wide variety of tasks both in offices and in the field. They must have a vast knowledge of codes and regulations in order to create and develop acceptable and viable civil engineering plans. They might develop systems for sewers, bridges, roadways, water treatment plants or a host of other types of structures. Civil Engineering Draftspersons and technicians are vital to the country's infrastructure.

Duties and tasks

  • Compute and analyze all data pertaining to the project
  • Conduct studies relevant to the project
  • Create sketches, charts and other visible aids required for projects
  • Direct and assist in work on the job site
  • Enlist the aid of the correct machinery and equipment as well as ensure proper operation of such
  • Estimate project costs and ensure construction stays within budget
  • Inspect all work
  • Order appropriate lab testing and analysis for the job
  • Prepare plans and designs necessary for civil engineering projects
  • Use proper procedures for the individual job

Skills required

  • Ability to communicate well with others
  • Ability to stand for many hours
  • Analytical thinking and decision making
  • Complex problem solving skills
  • Flexibility
  • Good math and logic skills
  • Handle all weather conditions
  • Supervise others well and fairly
  • Understanding the importance of meeting deadlines

Working conditions

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians spend some time in comfortable offices, but most time is spent on the job site. Working in the teeming rain, sweltering heat or freezing cold may not sound fun, but it is part of the job description.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia 

Engineers Australia 

The Institute of Industrial Engineers 

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