ACTE Techniques October 2011 : Page 58

C AREER C UR VE Highway Engineering Technician Students in the Bridgemont Community and Technical College highway engineering technology program tour a project to examine best practices in erosion and sediment control. PHoTo CouRTESy oF BRIDgEMoNT CoMMuNITy AND TECHNICAL CoLLEgE HIGHWAy ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS WORk WITH CIVIL ENGINEERS AND CONTRACTORS, Educational Requirements According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook , most employers prefer to hire engineer -ing 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 Technol -ogy Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. providing the technical support and ser -vices needed in planning, designing and building our nation’s highways. They may estimate construction costs, specify mate -rials 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 practi-cal engineering problems. ment growth between 2008 and 2010, faster than average for all other occupa -tions. Highway engineering technicians specifically will be needed because of the improvements and repairs necessary for our nation’s infrastructure, including roads and bridges. Explore More For more information about the career of highway engineering technician and the education and training it requires, here are some places to turn. Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Junior Engineering Technical Society National Academy of Engineering National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies Earnings The median annual wages for civil engineering technicians were $44,290 in May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $78,560. 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. Job Outlook According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook , civil engineering technicians were expected to have 17 percent employ -58 Techniques OCTOBER 2011

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