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Civil Engineering Technologist

Civil engineering technologists work with engineers, architects, surveyors and contractors to design, develop and build civil engineering projects that are economical and functional, and satisfy applicable 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

Construction Co-ordinator, Engineering Technologist, CAD Technician/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

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  • 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

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


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


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.

Learn More

Updated Dec 14, 2016

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.

In general, civil engineering technologists:

  • design and prepare drawings for structures to be built of timber, concrete or steel
  • design and prepare construction drawings for highways, streets, urban subdivisions and water, sewer and storm water systems
  • assist in planning and scheduling civil engineering projects
  • prepare cost estimates and monitor project costs
  • review shop drawings to ensure that they conform to design concepts
  • perform surveying tasks during various phases of design and construction
  • inspect and supervise work at construction sites to ensure that safety and design specifications are followed and costs are contained
  • monitor construction and prepare "as built" drawings
  • analyze results and prepare statistical data, tables and drawings for traffic surveys and program traffic signals
  • inspect water and wastewater treatment systems to ensure that pollution control requirements are met
  • inspect buildings, roads, bridges, dams, power plants and other structures to assess the need for maintenance and repair work
  • design culverts and open flow channels to facilitate water run off
  • conduct field and laboratory tests on soils, asphalt and concrete, assessing them according to specifications set by Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) tests
  • install, read and interpret instrumentation (for example, slope indicators, thermistors)
  • develop concrete or asphalt mixes specially designed for specific uses and conditions
  • interpret quality control tests and prepare technical reports
  • manage projects (for example, track and report progress, prepare invoices).

Specific job titles vary depending on the particular aspect of civil engineering in which the technologist works. Typical titles include:

  • building inspector
  • civil engineering design technologist
  • materials testing technologist
  • traffic technologist
  • construction co-ordinator, foreman or superintendent
  • estimator
  • technical representative
  • project manager.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Civil engineering technologists work in offices and at construction sites. While in the office, technologists often work at a computer. At construction sites, they spend much of the day on their feet inspecting construction work, sometimes in poor weather conditions. Part of the day also may be spent at on-site offices.

Civil engineering technologists usually work regular office hours but overtime may be required to meet completion deadlines. They often are expected to work away from home on major construction projects, sometimes in isolated locations.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Civil engineering technologists need the following characteristics:

  • strong mathematical and science skills (physics in particular)
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • organizational skills
  • excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • the ability to work independently.

They should enjoy doing work that requires taking a methodical approach, finding innovative solutions to problems, and directing the work of others.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 14, 2016

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

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 14, 2016

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.


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

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

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.


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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Civil engineering technologists are employed by:

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

They may be employed full time or on a contract basis, in rural or urban locations. Some work is seasonal.

Civil engineering technologists may work in the construction field as estimators, inspectors, supervisors or project managers. Some are employed as laboratory technologists who test construction materials and building products, or sales representatives 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 in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 5,100 Albertans are employed in the Civil engineering technologists and technicians occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.2% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 61 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As civil engineering technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for civil engineering technologists.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 14, 2016

For more information see ASET's annual salary survey.

Civil engineering technologists and technicians

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
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
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

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Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Chemistry
  • Natural Resources
    • Environmental Stewardship
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta - ASET website:

Construction Sector Council website:

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 21, 2014. 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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