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Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using calculator or computer.
    • Inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to detect design malfunctions and ensure conformance to design specifications and applicable codes.
    • Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements.
    • Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects and to ensure conformance to specifications.
    • Conduct materials test and analysis using tools and equipment and applying engineering knowledge.
    • Develop plans and estimate costs for installation of systems, utilization of facilities, or construction of structures.
    • Confer with supervisor to determine project details such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, and evaluation of field conditions.
    • Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to illustrate findings.
    • Prepare reports and document project activities and data.
    • Develop project budgets by estimating the cost of project activities.
    • Evaluate facility to determine suitability for occupancy and square footage availability.
    • Plan and conduct field surveys to locate new sites and analyze details of project sites.
    • Negotiate prices for new contracts or for modifications to existing contracts with contractors.
    • Report maintenance problems occurring at project site to supervisor and negotiate changes to resolve system conflicts.


    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • 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.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • 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.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).


    • 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.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • 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.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,920
    • Yearly Projected Openings 190

    Typical Education


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


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    • Soil testing kits
    • Soil core sampling apparatus
    • Concrete or cement testing instruments
    • Augers


    • Map creation software
    • Geographic information system
    • Electronic mail software
    • Development environment software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
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