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Civil Engineering Technicians

Also called: Engineering Technician, Civil Engineering Technician, Civil Engineering Designer, Engineering Assistant

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Engineering Apprentice; Engineering Craftsman; Engineering Helper; Engineering Journeyman; Engineering Superintendent

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects and to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using calculator or computer.
  • Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • product and service development
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$47,560
per year, on average
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