We Build Technical Engineers
If you're interested in a challenging and dynamic career in the construction industry, becoming a Technical Engineer could be just the job for you. Technical Engineers play a vital role in construction projects, performing control, preliminary, and construction surveys to establish and re-establish base lines, center and offset lines, and grade. They use a range of instruments, including optical and electrical devices, to measure line, distance, and grade, and are responsible for setting up these instruments to ensure accurate readings. Technical Engineers also interpret complex drawings and plans, performing the computations necessary to layout horizontal and vertical work points and control lines for multiple trades on construction sites.
One of the exciting aspects of this job is the opportunity to work on a variety of construction projects. Technical Engineers can be found working in steel mills, refineries, chemical plants, ethanol and biofuel facilities, power generating stations, high-rise structures, tunnels, caissons, pipelines, rail facilities, highways and bridges, marine surveys, and commercial projects of various sorts. As a result, Technical Engineers work in a range of working conditions, both indoor and outdoor, and may be exposed to hazardous materials or conditions. However, they are trained to adhere to safety regulations and wear appropriate protective gear.
As Technical Engineers progress in their careers, they can become the go-to liaison between owners, general contractors, sub-contractors, and tradespeople. Technical Engineers are also an integral part of all phases of construction, including fieldwork, management positions of estimating, supervision, and project management.
How can I Prepare?
To prepare for a career as a Technical Engineer, it is recommended that students take as many courses as possible in math, particularly algebra and geometry, as well as in CTE (Career and Technical Education). Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are also essential. Technical Engineers should be comfortable working in both indoor and outdoor environments, and may be required to work at heights or in confined spaces. Attention to detail and the ability to read and interpret technical drawings and plans are also important skills for this career. Additionally, knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD) software and other computer applications used in the construction industry may be beneficial.
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Technical Division of Local 130
1400 West Washington Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60607-1821
Phone: 312-421-1010 Ext. 162
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