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Civil Engineering Technology

Civil engineering technicians are involved in building the homes, roads, bridges, dams and other structures that we rely on. This career provides a feeling of accomplishment and a great sense of pride, plus the work is interesting and challenging.

What can I do in civil engineering technology?

Civil engineering technicians work on large-scale projects such as buildings, highways, bridges and water supply systems. Some serve as construction managers, estimating construction costs and specifying materials to be used. Others test materials for quality control in labs and in the field. Surveyors and surveying technicians are responsible for measuring and mapping land, airspace and water boundaries. Engineering design assistants work with engineers in designing buildings and other infrastructure, often using computer-aided design and drafting equipment.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Math skills are essential because civil engineering technicians use math and science to solve real-world problems. Employers want workers who are skilled in the latest technology and who are hard workers and problem solvers. Good communication skills and the ability to work with others are necessary because civil engineering technicians often work on teams with other technicians and engineers.

Where can I work?

Civil engineering technicians are employed by architectural and engineering firms, construction companies, public works, government agencies, surveying firms and material testing laboratories. Civil engineering technicians who are well-trained should have little trouble finding work. There is a great demand for people who can build and maintain our society’s framework. 

What does Trident Technical College offer?

Trident Technical College provides classroom instruction and hands-on experience in labs and in the field to prepare you for a career. While obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering Technology, you will study a wide range of subjects in engineering, such as surveying, hydraulics and highway design. This will help you discover which field or specialty of civil engineering technology you would like to pursue.

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Helpful Links

The following links, which are not affiliated with Trident Technical College, may be helpful when considering engineering technology as a career.

Engineering Technology Education

The American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies

South Carolina Technical College System

Engineering Technology Division of American Society of Engineering Education

South Carolina Advanced Technological Education (SCATE) National Resource Center for Engineering Technology (ET) Education

Colleges Offering Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Old Dominion

Savannah State University

South Carolina State University

Southern Polytechnic State University

University of North Carolina at Charlotte