Occupation Summary

Civil Engineering Technicians

O*NET 17-3022.00


Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 15.08%.
Education Level:
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades). According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Business and Industry, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  1. Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using calculator or computer.
  2. Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects and to ensure conformance to specifications.
  3. Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to illustrate findings.
  4. Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements.
  5. Prepare reports and document project activities and data.
  6. Confer with supervisor to determine project details such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, and evaluation of field conditions.
  7. Inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to detect design malfunctions and ensure conformance to design specifications and applicable codes.
  8. Plan and conduct field surveys to locate new sites and analyze details of project sites.
  9. Develop plans and estimate costs for installation of systems, utilization of facilities, or construction of structures.
  10. Report maintenance problems occurring at project site to supervisor and negotiate changes to resolve system conflicts.
  11. Conduct materials test and analysis using tools and equipment and applying engineering knowledge.
  12. Respond to public suggestions and complaints.
  13. Evaluate facility to determine suitability for occupancy and square footage availability.

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Labor Market Information

2018 Statewide average hourly wage $24.91
2018 National average hourly wage $26.29
2016 National employment 74,500
2016 Texas employment 11,924
Texas projected employment by 2026 13,722
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 1,265

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

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.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Mathematical Reasoning
The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • Interacting With Computers
    -- Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Processing Information
    -- Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
    -- Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Other Activities

  • Analyze engineering data
  • Analyze engineering design problems
  • Analyze scientific or investigative findings
  • Analyze technical designs or specifications
  • Bid work projects
  • Calculate engineering specifications
  • Communicate technical or scientific information
  • Compare findings with specifications and standards
  • Conduct plant location surveys
  • Conduct topographical surveys
  • Confer with engineering personnel
  • Coordinate project-related activities with employees and contractors
  • Create drafting or mechanical drawings
  • Design construction projects
  • Determine dimensions of wooden furnishings or structures to be built
  • Determine material or tool requirements
  • Determine specifications of product, project, or service
  • Develop informational maps or charts
  • Develop plans for programs or projects
  • Discuss conservation or related land use plans with property users
  • Draw prototypes, renderings, plans, or maps to scale
  • Edit documents for completeness, accuracy, or conformance to standards
  • Engineer systems, machinery, or equipment underwater
  • Estimate construction project costs
  • Estimate costs of design or construction materials
  • Estimate engineering project costs
  • Estimate project costs
  • Estimate project time requirements
  • Evaluate costs of completed projects
  • Evaluate product design
  • Evaluate soil conditions
  • Explain complex mathematical information
  • Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, fire code, or fire hazard compliance
  • Inspect project site and operations to determine compliance
  • Inspect property for construction, condition, or design
  • Integrate field notes into technical drawings
  • Interpret aerial photographs
  • Interpret information from blueprints, diagrams, schematics, or technical drawings
  • Interpret information from maps or drawings for architecture, construction, or engineering projects
  • Interpret technical information from data, reports, and related documents
  • Judge distances between two points
  • Mark items for acceptance or rejection
  • Measure construction dimensions
  • Obtain land survey data using surveying instruments
  • Operate computers to enter, calculate, access, and retrieve data
  • Operate precision test equipment
  • Oversee testing or construction of prototype
  • Perform basic plumbing
  • Perform chemical testing
  • Perform safety inspection
  • Perform scientific research
  • Perform tests to assess compliance with standards
  • Perform varied measurements including precision measurements
  • Plan construction of structures or facilities
  • Plan testing of engineering methods
  • Prepare technical or scientific reports
  • Read detailed electronic design specifications
  • Read technical, operating, service, or repair manuals or publications
  • Recommend alterations in construction or specifications
  • Resolve customer or public complaints
  • Review codes and specifications
  • Review construction specifications
  • Review engineering information from data or reports
  • Review maps
  • Solve engineering or science problems
  • Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
  • Test engineering project equipment
  • Test materials to verify safety standards or ensure meeting of specifications

  • Independence
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Support
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.


Analytical balances: Analytical balances;

Augers: Hand augers; Bucket augers;

Boring or sinking machinery: Hand-operated boring machines;

Compression testers: Compression testing machines;

Concrete or cement testing instruments: Metal cones; Paving sample splitters; Slump cones; Stabilometers;

Densitometers: Nuclear densometers;

Digital image printers: Blueprint machines;

Dropping pipettes: Dropping pipettes;

Drying cabinets or ovens: Drying ovens;

Filter papers: Filter papers;

Global positioning system GPS receiver: Global positioning system GPS receivers;

Handheld thermometer: Handheld digital thermometers;

Heating or drying equipment or accessories: Dessicators;

Hydraulic rock drills: Rotary rock drills;

Hydrometers: Hydrometers;

Laboratory balances: Laboratory balances;

Laboratory beakers: Glass beakers;

Laboratory burets: Glass burets;

Laboratory dishes: Evaporating dishes;

Laboratory funnels: Wide-mouthed funnels;

Laboratory graduated cylinders: Graduated glass cylinders;

Laboratory mechanical convection ovens: Laboratory mechanical convection ovens;

Laboratory vials: Laboratory vials;

Land drilling rigs: Small-gauge surface drilling rigs;

Level sensors or transmitters: Transit levels;

Levels: Precision levels;

Loadcells: Load cells;

Machetes: Machetes;

Magnetic stirrers: Magnetic stirrers;

Measuring rods: Surveying rods;

Moisture meters: Soil moisture meters;

Open stream current meters: Stream flow gauges;

Orbital shakers: Mechanical sieve shakers;

Penetrometers: Pocket penetrometers;

Permeability testing apparatus: Soil density testers;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

pH meters: pH testers;

Picks: Picks;

Pitch measuring instruments: Inclinometers;

Plotter printers: Plotters;

Portable data input terminals: Field data collectors;

Precipitation or evaporation recorders: Precipitation gauges;

Protective gloves: Safety gloves;

Pycnometers: Pycnometers;

Rubber mallet: Rubber mallets;

Safety glasses: Safety glasses;

Sampling syringes: Laboratory bulb syringes;

Scanners: Computer scanners;

Seismic recorders or seismographs: Seismographs;

Shear strength testers: Torvanes;

Sledge hammer: Sledgehammers;

Soil core sampling apparatus: Soil sampling tubes; Split spoon samplers; Thin-walled Shelby tubes; Soil augers;

Soil testing kits: Soil resistivity test kits; Soil testing kits;

Straight edges: Straightedges;

Strain gauges: Strain gauges;

Tampers: Tamping rods;

Tape measures: Measuring tapes;

Test sieves: Laboratory test sieves;

Theodolites: Theodolites; Total stations; Engineers' transits;

Trowels: Brickmasons' trowels;

Two way radios: Two way radios;

Vibration testers: Vibration monitors;

Vibratory plates: Kneading compactors;

Volumeters: Dilatometers;

Water samplers: Water samplers;


Analytical or scientific software: Coordinate geometry COGO software;

Computer aided design CAD software: Bentley Microstation; Computer aided design CAD software; Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D; Autodesk AutoCAD software; Autodesk Land Desktop; Autodesk Revit; Revit;

Development environment software: Microsoft Visual Basic; National Instruments LabVIEW;

Electronic mail software: Email software; IBM Notes; Microsoft Outlook;

Enterprise resource planning ERP software: SAP software;

Graphics or photo imaging software: Graphics software;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Map creation software: Geographic information system GIS software; Bentley InRoads software; Digital terrain modeling software;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel; Spreadsheet software;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Civil Engineering Technicians include:
  • 17-3011.01 Architectural Drafters
  • 17-3011.02 Civil Drafters
  • 47-4011.00 Construction and Building Inspectors
  • 17-3012.02 Electrical Drafters
  • 17-3012.01 Electronic Drafters
  • 17-3031.02 Mapping Technicians
  • 17-3013.00 Mechanical Drafters
  • 51-8012.00 Power Distributors and Dispatchers
  • 17-3031.01 Surveying Technicians
  • 53-6041.00 Traffic Technicians

Sources of Additional Information
  • For more information about summer apprenticeships in civil engineering, visit: Pathways to Science
  • For more information about accredited programs, visit: ABET
  • For more information about certification, visit: American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians
  • National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)
  • Civil Engineering Technicians

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Market and Career Information  |  101 E. 15th Street, Annex Room 0252  |  Austin, Texas 78778
    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.