Civil Engineering Technician



OFO No: 311201





Other names for Civil Engineering Technician:

  • Building Engineering Technician 
  • Civil Engineering Assistant 
  • Civil Engineering Laboratory Technician 
  • Construction Design Technician 
  • Geotechnical Laboratory Technician 
  • Work Site Engineering Technician


What is a Civil Engineering Technician?

A Civil Engineering Technician works as an assistant to a Civil Engineer.

They help the Civil Engineer to design and plan large structures like:

  • Skyscrapers
  • Bridges
  • Dams
  • Roads & Tunnels
  • Harbours
  • Sewerage Systems etc

A Civil Engineering Technician may help the Civil Engineer to set up equipment, trake measurements, assist with calculations, capture data, help with drawings etc.

What does a Civil Engineering Technician do?

  • helps with site surveys
  • sets up measuring equipment
  • takes samples and arranges for lab analysis of rock and soil, etc
  • helps prepare survey reports
  • helps prepare and plan drawings etc
  • captures data
  • helps with preparation of estimates, quantities and cost of materials
  • regularly inspects buildings/structures to make sure they comply with building regulations etc
  • advises on where fire detectors/sprinkler systems should be placed

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in large scale construction?
  • detail orientated?
  • responsible and reliable?
  • good at maths and physical science?
  • an accurate worker?
  • a person with sober habits?

How do I become a Civil Engineering Technician?

You will need a qualification.


National Diploma in Civil Engineering – NQF Level 6

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Mangosutho University of Technology
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • Vaal University
  • Walter Sisulu University


National Diploma in Civil Engineering

  • 2 years of related workplace experience
  • Register as a Professional Engineering Technician at the ECSA
  • Review of candidate’s professional work


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.



ECSA is the national body that regulates professional engineers.

You may only call yourself a Professional Engineering Technician if you are registered with ECSA.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Civil Engineer or Land Surveyor

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