2231- Civil engineering technologists and technicians
Civil engineering technologists and technicians
Civil engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support and services to scientists, engineers and other professionals, or may work independently in fields such as structural engineering, municipal engineering, construction design and supervision, highways and transportation engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering and environmental protection. They are employed by consulting engineering and construction companies, public works, transportation and other government departments and in many other industries.
Civil engineering technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
Civil engineering technologists
Develop conventional and computer-assisted design (CAD) engineering designs and drawings from preliminary concepts and sketches
Prepare construction specifications, cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports
Supervise or conduct field surveys, inspections or technical investigations of topography, soils, drainage and water supply systems, road and highway systems, buildings and structures to provide data for engineering projects
Conduct or supervise inspection and testing of construction materials
May supervise, monitor and inspect construction projects.
Civil engineering technicians
Assist in developing engineering specifications and drawings
Participate in field surveys, inspections or technical investigations of topography, soils, drainage and water supply systems, road and highway systems, buildings and structures to provide data for engineering projects
Perform other technical functions in support of civil engineering activities.
Completion of a two- or three-year college program in civil engineering technology or a closely related discipline is usually required for civil engineering technologists.
Completion of a one- or two-year college program in civil engineering technology is usually required for civil engineering technicians.
Certification in civil engineering technology or in a related field is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians and may be required for some positions.
A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."
There is mobility to related occupations, such as drafting technologists and technicians and construction inspectors and estimators.
Progression to construction supervisors or construction managers is possible with experience.
National Occupation Classification, (2011)
Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,
Catalogue no. 12-583-X