Engineering Technician

What Does An Engineering Technician Do?

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.  Engineering technicians working in the material and geotechnical engineering area look more specifically at the materials that will be used and the land where projects will be built to make sure they are suitable for whatever will be constructed. 

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How Do I Become An Engineering Technician?

There is no set educational requirement for this position, although some employers may require applicants to complete a two-year college degree in civil engineering technology. 

What is the Average Salary For An Engineering Technician?

High – 78,000
Median – 51,000
Low – 32,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Engineering Technician?

  • Science – As much as possible, including physics!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Technical Writing
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking

What Is The Work Environment For An Engineering Technician?

Engineering technicians typically work for engineering and construction firms and the government.  Many technicians will spend a lot of time outside gathering samples.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Engineering Technician?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities are best for applicants who have a college degree.

References

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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