CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using calculator or computer.
 
Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects and to ensure conformance to specifications.
 
Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to illustrate findings.
 
Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements.
 
Prepare reports and document project activities and data.
 
Confer with supervisor to determine project details such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, and evaluation of field conditions.
 
Inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to detect design malfunctions and ensure conformance to design specifications and applicable codes.
 
Plan and conduct field surveys to locate new sites and analyze details of project sites.
 
Develop plans and estimate costs for installation of systems, utilization of facilities, or construction of structures.
 
Report maintenance problems occurring at project site to supervisor and negotiate changes to resolve system conflicts.
 
Conduct materials test and analysis using tools and equipment and applying engineering knowledge.
 
Respond to public suggestions and complaints.
 
Evaluate facility to determine suitability for occupancy and square footage availability.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
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.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
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.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk Land Desktop Computer aided design CAD software
 
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Coordinate geometry COGO software Analytical or scientific software
 
Digital terrain modeling software Map creation software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Geographic information system GIS software Map creation software
 
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Analytical balances Analytical balances
 
Blueprint machines Digital image printers
 
Brickmasons' trowels Trowels
 
Bucket augers Augers
 
Compression testing machines Compression testers
 
Computer scanners Scanners
 
Dessicators Heating or drying equipment or accessories
 
Dilatometers Volumeters
 
Dropping pipettes Dropping pipettes
 
Drying ovens Drying cabinets or ovens
 
Engineers' transits Theodolites
 
Evaporating dishes Laboratory dishes
 
Field data collectors Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Filter papers Filter papers
 
Glass beakers Laboratory beakers
 
Glass burets Laboratory burets
 
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
 
Graduated glass cylinders Laboratory graduated cylinders
 
Hand augers Augers
 
Hand-operated boring machines Boring or sinking machinery
 
Handheld digital thermometers Handheld thermometer
 
Hydrometers Hydrometers
 
Inclinometers Pitch measuring instruments
 
Kneading compactors Vibratory plates
 
Laboratory balances Laboratory balances
 
Laboratory bulb syringes Sampling syringes
 
Laboratory mechanical convection ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
 
Laboratory test sieves Test sieves
 
Laboratory vials Laboratory vials
 
Load cells Loadcells
 
Machetes Machetes
 
Magnetic stirrers Magnetic stirrers
 
Measuring tapes Tape measures
 
Mechanical sieve shakers Orbital shakers
 
Metal cones Concrete or cement testing instruments
 
Nuclear densometers Densitometers
 
Paving sample splitters Concrete or cement testing instruments
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Picks Picks
 
Plotters Plotter printers
 
Pocket penetrometers Penetrometers
 
Precipitation gauges Precipitation or evaporation recorders
 
Precision levels Levels
 
Pycnometers Pycnometers
 
Rotary rock drills Hydraulic rock drills
 
Rubber mallets Mallets
 
Safety glasses Safety glasses
 
Safety gloves Protective gloves
 
Seismographs Seismic recorders or seismographs
 
Sledgehammers Hammers
 
Slump cones Concrete or cement testing instruments
 
Small-gauge surface drilling rigs Land drilling rigs
 
Soil augers Soil core sampling apparatus
 
Soil density testers Permeability testing apparatus
 
Soil moisture meters Moisture meters
 
Soil resistivity test kits Soil testing kits
 
Soil sampling tubes Soil core sampling apparatus
 
Soil testing kits Soil testing kits
 
Split spoon samplers Soil core sampling apparatus
 
Stabilometers Concrete or cement testing instruments
 
Straightedges Straight edges
 
Strain gauges Strain gauges
 
Stream flow gauges Open stream current meters
 
Surveying rods Measuring rods
 
Tamping rods Tampers
 
Theodolites Theodolites
 
Thin-walled Shelby tubes Soil core sampling apparatus
 
Torvanes Shear strength testers
 
Total stations Theodolites
 
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Vibration monitors Vibration testers
 
Water samplers Water samplers
 
Wide-mouthed funnels Laboratory funnels
 
pH testers pH meters
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Bridge Construction Inspector
Civil Designer
Civil Engineer Helper
Civil Engineer's Aide
Civil Engineering Assistant
Civil Engineering Designer
Civil Engineering Technician
Concrete Engineering Technician
Construction Analyst
Construction Inspector
Design Engineer
Design Technician
Drafting Technician
Engineer Assistant
Engineer Technician
Engineering Aide
Engineering Assistant
Engineering Construction Inspector
Engineering Specialist
Engineering Technician
Facility Planner
Field Technician
Fire Protection Engineering Technician
Geotechnical Engineering Technician
Highway Construction Inspector
Highway Engineering Technician
Highway Technician
Parking Analyst
Plumbing Designer
Project Engineer
Structural Engineering Technician
Surveyor
Transportation Engineering Technician
Truss Designer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists
 
 
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