Civil Engineering Technologist
Civil engineering technologists assist civil engineers in the research, design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects. Typical projects include dwellings, large buildings, railways, roads, bridges, airports, ports and docks, dams and water supply systems.
Duties & Tasks
Civil engineering technologists may perform the following tasks:
- estimate costs and prepare specifications for materials used in civil engineering works
- assist in establishing detailed programs for the planning of the design and construction processes
- communicate with project managers and construction workers
- organise the delivery of materials, plant machinery and equipment needed for construction
- supervise labour
- analyse and record reports on loading, labour, productivity, quality, materials and performance
- operate and program computers to assist with calculations
- measure and test material processes or systems related to civil engineering works
- inspect civil engineering works, and modify and supervise repair work and maintenance
- check to make sure that finished works are within specifications, contract terms and regulations.
Consulting and contracting engineering technologists often travel interstate and some may travel overseas. It may be necessary for some civil engineering technologists to change residence every few years as their work takes them from one major engineering site to another.
- analytical skills with an eye for detail
- good oral and written communication skills
- aptitude for computing and design
- practical and creative
- good problem-solving skills
- able to work without supervision
- able to accept responsibility.