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Civil engineering technician

Civil engineering technicians give technical support to engineers on construction projects.

Potential salary
£14,000 to £45,000
Working hours
45 to 47 a week
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Depending on your specialist area, your day-to-day duties may include:

  • assisting with initial site surveys
  • arranging lab analysis of soil, rock and materials samples
  • creating engineering design plans, by hand or with computer aided design (CAD) software
  • preparing estimates of labour costs, and the amounts and type of material
  • drawing up timescales for the delivery of supplies, equipment and labour
  • negotiating with suppliers to get value for money
  • inspecting projects and supervising progress
  • reporting problems to site managers and preparing reports for engineers

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in an office or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

With experience, you could progress to supervisory or site management roles, or specialise in particular areas of the job, like construction design or estimating.

You'll find more advice about careers in engineering from the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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