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Career Opportunities With a Major in Civil Engineering Technology and Sustainability Engineering Technology

Civil Engineering Technology graduates apply engineering principles in performing many of the tasks necessary for the planning and construction of highways, buildings, railroads, bridges, reservoirs, dams, irrigation works, water systems, airports, and other structures. In planning for a construction project, they may participate in estimating costs, preparing specifications for materials, and in surveying, drafting and design work. During the construction phase, they work closely with the contractor and the superintendent in scheduling field layout, construction activities, and the inspection of the work for conformity to specifications.

In recent years, a major work area for civil and environmental engineering technology has involved environmental problems. This includes design and construction of water supply facilities, design of wastewater collection and treatment facilities. The development of environmental impact studies and environmental impact statements are also included.

Skills Related to Civil Engineering Technology

  • Ability to use drafting and engineering principles

  • Ability to use computers and computer software

  • Ability to perform mathematical computations quickly

  • Ability to estimate costs

  • Familiarity with safety regulations and government specifications

  • Ability to work well under pressure

  • Ability to organize, analyze, and interpret scientific data

  • Ability to work well with others

  • Ability to make appropriate decisions and solve problems

  • Proficient in spatial perception and abstract reasoning

  • Sensitive to economic conditions, human and environmental needs

  • Strong oral and written communications

  • Ability to follow systematic procedures

  • Ability to apply physical principles to the solution of problems

  • Logic and reasoning skills

  • Ability to use technical equipment

  • Ability to visualize three dimensional constructions from two dimensional plans

Potential Careers Related to Civil Engineering Technology

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Civil Engineering Technology major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Civil Engineering Technology majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Cartographer Civil Engineer College Professor
Construction Engineer Consulting Engineer Cost Estimator
Decontamination Engineer Design Engineer Development Engineer
Drafter Engineer Environmental Engineer
Field Service Engineer Fire Protection Engineer Geotechnical Engineer
Highway Engineer Industrial Engineer Instrument Engineer
Mining Engineer Operations Engineer Project Engineer
Public Works Technician Purchasing Agent Quality Control Engineer
Research Engineer Safety Engineer Sales Engineer
Structural Engineer Surveyor or Survey Technician Systems Design Engineer
Test Engineer Transportation Engineer Urban Planner
Water Resources Engineer    

Employers in Civil Engineering Technology 

  • Automotive Companies

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Computer Companies

  • Consulting Firms

  • Construction Firms

  • Electrical Industries

  • Energy Firms

  • Government Agencies

  • Mining Industries

  • Private Consulting Firms

  • Research Firms

  • State Departments of Transportation

  • Transportation Industries

  • Utility Companies

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Civil Engineering Technology


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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