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Civil Engineering Technologist

Civil engineering technologists work with engineers, architects, surveyors, and contractors. They design, develop, and build civil engineering projects. They ensure projects are economical, functional, and meet standards and building codes.

  • Avg. Salary $70,662.00
  • Avg. Wage $37.06
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 3,800
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

CAD Technician / Technologist, Construction Co-ordinator, Engineering Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Civil Engineering Technologists (2231.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians (C131) 
  • 2011 NOC: Civil engineering technologists and technicians (2231) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

17%
17%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Interest Codes
The Civil Engineering Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Civil Engineering Technologists
INNOVATIVE

Interest in precision working to develop designs and drawings from preliminary concepts and sketches

METHODICAL

Interest in analyzing information to inspect and test construction materials; and in providing data for engineering projects

directive

Interest in supervising field surveys, inspections and technical investigations; may supervise, monitor and inspect construction projects

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Civil engineering projects include:

  • roadways and highways
  • water and wastewater treatment and distribution systems
  • storm water drainage systems
  • bridges
  • buildings
  • dams
  • canals and drainage channels
  • reservoirs
  • railroads
  • recreational facilities and parks
  • landfills (solid waste facilities)
  • landslide repairs
  • erosion controls

Civil engineering technologists design and prepare drawings for:

  • timber, concrete, or steel structures
  • highways, streets, urban subdivisions
  • water, sewer, and storm water systems
  • large or small commercial developments

They may also:

  • help plan and schedule projects
  • prepare cost estimates and monitor project costs
  • review shop drawings (to ensure they conform to design concepts)
  • carry out surveying tasks (during various phases of design and construction)
  • inspect and supervise work at construction sites (to make sure safety and design specifications are followed and costs contained)
  • monitor construction and prepare “as built” drawings
  • analyze the results of traffic surveys and prepare statistics, tables, and drawings
  • program traffic signals
  • inspect water and wastewater treatment systems to meet pollution control standards
  • inspect buildings, roads, bridges, dams, power plants, and other structures to assess the need for maintenance and repair
  • design culverts and open flow channels to allow water run-off
  • conduct field and lab tests on soils, asphalt, and concrete to see if they meet specifications and set standards
  • install, read, and interpret instruments (such as slope indicators and thermistors)
  • develop concrete or asphalt mixes designed for specific uses and conditions
  • interpret quality control tests and prepare technical reports
  • manage projects (including tracking progress, writing reports, and preparing invoices)
  • attend progress meetings or site meetings (to ensure deadlines are met and to understand project scope)
  • prepare and revise meeting minutes

Civil engineering technologists have job titles based on their area of civil engineering, such as:

  • building inspector
  • civil engineering design technologist
  • materials testing technologist
  • traffic technologist
  • construction co-ordinator, foreman, or superintendent
  • estimator
  • technical representative
  • project manager
  • surveyor.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Civil engineering technologists work in offices and at construction sites. In the office, they often work at computers. At construction sites, they are on their feet inspecting the work. They may also work at onsite offices for part of the day. They sometimes work in poor weather.

Civil engineering technologists often work regular office hours. They may need to work overtime to meet deadlines. They may work away from home on construction projects. Projects may take them to remote locations.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Civil engineering technologists need to possess:

  • math and science skills (physics in particular)
  • writing and speaking skills
  • the ability to be organized
  • excellent analytical skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the ability to work alone
  • the flexibility and commitment to work overtime (when required to meet deadlines)
  • the ability to communicate effectively with project managers and contractors

They should enjoy:

  • taking a methodical approach to their work
  • finding innovative solutions to problems
  • directing others’ work
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

The basic requirement for working in this field is a diploma in civil engineering technology.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Lethbridge College

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

University of Alberta

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Certified Engineering Technologist

Under the supervision of a professional engineer or professional technologist in engineering, certified engineering technologists undertake the routine application of industry recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices. They use established engineering, geoscience or applied science principles and methods of problem solving. Duties may include design, production, marketing, testing, quality control, estimating, surveying, inspecting, diagnostic evaluation, supervision, management and technical sales.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and ASET Regulation (PDF), you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • successful completion of an applied science, engineering or information technology program accredited at the technologist level by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), or equivalent
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • completion of a competency report
  • successful completion of ASET's Professional Practice Exam
  • demonstration of proficiency in English.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Engineering technologists who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified engineering technologists in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization above.

To learn about the certification process for internationally educated engineering technologists, see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) on AlbertaCanada.com.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practise independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering, geology and geophysics, and they have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and Professional Technologists Regulation (PDF), you must be registered as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering, geology or geophysics within a prescribed scope of practice, or to use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in good standing
  • at least 6 years of work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience, with at least 2 years under the supervision and control of a Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist in the applicant's proposed area and scope of practice
  • at least 2 years of post-secondary education or 10 years of experience that matches the proposed scope of practice
  • 3 professional references
  • proof of compliance with ASET's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
  • proficiency in English
  • successful completion of the National Professional Practice Exam.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Professional technologists are currently only recognized in Alberta. They may be eligible for a limited licence with engineering regulatory organizations in other jurisdictions. Information on obtaining a limited licence is available through the regulatory organizations.

A professional technologist may also transfer to another province and receive recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist by completing a transfer form and paying the associated transfer fee. Transfer forms are provided by the provincial regulatory organizations for technologists. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization below.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Civil engineering technologists work for:

  • construction companies
  • engineering consulting firms
  • manufacturing companies
  • contractors
  • land developers
  • local and provincial public works, environment and transportation departments

Civil engineering technologists may work full time or on a contract basis. They may work in rural or urban locations. Some work is seasonal.

Some technologists work in construction as estimators, inspectors, supervisors, or project managers. Some work in labs where they test construction materials and building products. Some work as sales reps who sell construction materials.

Civil engineering technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2231: Civil engineering technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the C131: Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.2% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 61 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018
Civil engineering technologists and technicians

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Starting $18.00 $44.28 $30.01 $27.26
Overall $24.00 $57.46 $37.06 $32.89
Top $27.89 $78.26 $45.37 $43.27

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Public Administration
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Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

53%
53%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

17%
17%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

12%
12%

Vacancy Rate

4%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
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    • Design Studies
  • Natural Resources
    • Environmental Stewardship
  • Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) website:www.aset.ab.ca

BuildForce Canada (formerly the Construction Sector Council) website: www.buildforce.ca

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Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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