Assist Civil Engineers with the production and construction of buildings, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. Work under the supervision of a physical scientist or engineering staff to facilitate the maintenance, designs, or construction of infrastructure that makes modern life possible.

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A Typical Day

  • Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile, and component specifications.
  • Read and review project blueprints and structural specifications.
  • Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects.
  • Work with a supervisor to determine project details.
  • Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to show findings.
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data.
  • Report maintenance problems occurring at the project site to the supervisor.

Recommended Credentials

Associate or Bachelor of Science (BS)

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Complete your general education requirements at Northwestern Michigan College before you transfer to a 4-year school.

NMC to MTU Civil Engineering transfer guide.

Elsewhere in Michigan


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The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Begin with a program at Northwest Education Services’ Engineering Academy.

Pathway 2

Enroll in a 2-year program like NMC’s Engineering program to complete your prerequisite requirements.


Pathway 3

Transfer to a 4-year college to specialize your educational experience, like Michigan Tech’s Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering programsto take your career to the next level!


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Civil Designer
  • Civil Engineering Assistant
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Design Technician
  • Engineer Technician
  • Engineering Assistant

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Real World Career Pathways

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