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Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians

What they do?

Civil engineering technologists perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Perform other technical functions in support of civil engineering activities.

B. Develop engineering designs and drawings from preliminary concepts and sketches

C. Prepare construction specifications, cost and material estimates, project schedules and reports

D. 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

E. Conduct or supervise inspection and testing of construction materials

F. May supervise, monitor and inspect construction projects.

Where they find work?

1. Architectural engineering and related services - 37.0%
2. Construction - 19.0%
3. Public administration - 18.0%
4. Utilities - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. 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.

2. Completion of a one- or two-year college program in civil engineering technology is usually required for civil engineering technicians.

3. 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.

4. A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.

5. In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title of Professional Technologist.

6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Drafting
4. Chemistry

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians is $21.81/HR, which is below average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians wages

Expected Wage by Age

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians Wage By Age

Unemployment:

3% of Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($21.81) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average because of the strength of the housing market, the professional services sector and the metal products and machinery industries.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians are found in Quebec and New Brunswick while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (35%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Team project work

2. Proposal writing

3. Presenting

Part Time Workers

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


2% of Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 18,200 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 77% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 3% of Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


17% of the individuals employed as Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.