Magazine article Techniques

Highway Engineering Technician

Magazine article Techniques

Highway Engineering Technician

Article excerpt

HIGHWAY ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS WORK WITH CIVIL ENGINEERS AND CONTRACTORS, providing the technical support and services needed in planning, designing and building our nation's highways. They may estimate construction costs, specify materials to be used, or even prepare drawings and perform land surveying. Others may set up and monitor instruments used to study traffic conditions and help solve problems such as traffic congestion. As civil engineering technicians, they use both traditional and high-tech tools and scientific, mathematical and engineering principles to help their teams solve practical engineering problems.

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The Workplace

Highway engineering technicians work in either the private sector or the public sector. Many work for state or federal government agencies, but they may also find employment with private engineering firms and construction companies.

Educational Requirements

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, most employers prefer to hire engineering technicians with a two-year associate degree or other postsecondary training in engineering technology. Community and technical colleges often offer two-year associate degree programs, and many of these are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. …

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