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Civil Engineering Technologist

About This Career

Civil Engineering Technologists assist engineers in planning, designing, constructing and maintaining a wide variety of oil and gas facilities. These facilities may include production plants, pumping and compressor stations, pipelines, storage facilities, tanks and reservoirs, oil and gas well sites, offshore drilling and production rigs and oil sands surface mining sites.

Typical roles in this occupation include:

  • Civil Construction Engineering Technologists oversee construction projects, which includes developing work plans and estimates, selecting contractors and inspecting and reporting on projects.
  • Mining or Tailings Civil Engineering Technologists provide technological services for surface water hydrology and hydraulics, drainage, flood control, water supply, dam and industrial water or wastewater process design.
  • Materials and Geotechnical Technologists design, test and apply the use of materials such as rock, soil, concrete, steel, timber, asphalt, metals and polymers to engineering construction projects.
  • Drafting/CADD/3D Modeling Technologists create conceptual and detailed engineering designs, drawings and calculations for a variety of structures.
  • Survey Technologists develop survey and mapping standards. They also inspect survey contractor work and review survey findings.

Education: A post-secondary diploma in civil engineering technology (or a related discipline) is typically required. Some programs emphasize a particular sub-discipline, such as environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, water resources surveying or construction.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil sands, exploration and production (E&P), oil and gas services, and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Civil Designer, Civil Engineering Assistant, Civil Engineering Designer, Construction Analyst, Engineering Assistant, Project Technologist, Tailings Technologist

Work Activities
Applying Information
Addressing change requests that arise during construction.
Evaluating Information
Evaluating data from laboratory testing of soils, soil compaction, asphalt, concrete, rock and aggregate materials.
Getting Information
Conducting sampling and laboratory testing of soils, soil compaction, asphalt, concrete, rock and aggregate materials.
Undertaking geotechnical field work including test pit and borehole site investigations.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Inspecting completed work, construction sites and materials to ensure quality is maintained in accordance with contract specifications and relevant safety codes.
Conducting site visits.
Conducting field inspections of contractors’ work.
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services or People
Reviewing survey returns for completeness and accuracy.
Performing calculations in accordance with applicable design codes and engineering practices.
Performing volumetric calculations for tailings facilities.
Performing Administrative Activities
Preparing reports and presentations.
Performing Quality Assurance
Addressing quality control issues.
Conducting quality control and quality assurance testing and inspection.
Attention to Detail
Engineering and Technology
Public Safety and Security
Quality Control Analysis
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Certified Engineering Technologist (CET)
  • Professional Technologist (P. Tech)
  • Qualified Professional (QP)
  • Technical Specialist
  • Technologist-in-Training
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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
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Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Construction of buildings (non-residential and residential)
  • Forestry and logging
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
Job Details

Job Category

Technicians and Technologists



Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary diploma


  • Certification as an engineering technologist is available through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and may be required by some employers.
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • H2S Alive
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • Other health and safety training requirements to be determined by specific job requirements