Building and civil engineering technicians


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Building and civil engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist civil and building engineers.


Entrants usually possess a relevant BTEC/SQA award or an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III. The status of engineering technician is obtained after a period of further training at work and upon gaining the membership of a professional engineering institution.

Typical tasks

  • sets up apparatus and equipment and undertakes field and laboratory tests of soil and work materials;
  • performs calculations and collects, records and interprets data;
  • sets out construction site, supervises excavations and marks out position of building work to be undertaken;
  • inspects construction materials and supervises work of contractors to ensure compliance with specifications and arranges remedial work as necessary.

Common job titles

Assistant, engineering, civil
Technician, engineering, civil
Technician, survey
Technician, engineering, structural
Assistant, technical (civil engineering)
Assistant, building
Controller, production (building construction)
Coordinator, project (construction)
Consultant, services, building
Officer, technical (civil engineering)
Consultant, construction
Consultant, building
Analyst, stress (construction, engineering)
Technician, surveying
Technician, building

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.