MBTI® Test ISTP Civil Engineering Technicians

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Realistic, Conventional, Investigative (RCI) (GOT)

The logic and reason required for a career as a civil engineering technician does not come to most as easily as others. There are certain Myers-Briggs Test Type Indicator® (MBTI® test) personality types whose efficient work ethic and analytical nature helps them excel in the position of civil engineering technician. One of these types being The Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Perceiving (ISTP) MBTI test type.

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Unlike regular civil engineers, civil engineering technicians often work in collaboration with engineers or scientists to plan and create structures of facilities that fulfill the needs of the engineers and scientists’ companies or organizations. They work to design the layouts of specific projects to best complete their designed tasks. They work under supervision to draft drawings, review design blueprints (either their own or others’), estimate and compute the amount of materials that will be needed for a project (and how much it’ll cost), and take all suggestions and complications into account. Civil engineers also make sure that codes and regulations are met throughout the design and construction process.

Along with various design and other computer software, civil engineers are also known to utilize various sampling instruments to test the materials onsite. This requires the use of many different kinds of technical instruments, from laboratory equipment like balances, pipettes, filter papers, and magnetic stirrers, to field instruments like mobile pH testers, and stress testers. In some cases, they may even need to use construction and extraction tools like machetes or land drilling rigs, or even two-way radios. Similarly, because they need to gather data in the field and analyze it in the lab or office, they may also need to use computer-aided design software, graphics software, and map creation software. While the specific tools and technologies used may differ somewhat from firm to firm or position to position, these general categories are relatively universal.

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For excellence in a position as a civil engineering technician, an individual must thoroughly understand the components of construction and building, along with a variety of other subjects. For example, having a thorough understanding of mathematic and engineering principles, as well as an eye for design techniques and safety concerns, is extremely important. Being an effective communicator is also an important part of life as a civil engineering technician, as they are often the middleman between the construction and building team and the head civil engineer. An ability to reason well, solve abstract problems and think critically are also imperative to this occupation, as is the ability to visualize what something will look like and how it will work without having it in front of them.

Below find employment trends for Civil Engineering Technicians:

  • Median wage: $25.68 hourly, $53,410 annually
  • Employment: 73,800 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Average (4% to 6%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 7,700

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ISTP Careers

Click on one of these corresponding popular ISTP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Agricultural Inspector, Automotive Master Mechanic, Avionics Technician, Civil Engineering Technician, Construction & Building Inspector, Electric Power-Line Installer & Repairer, Forest & Conservation Worker, Light Truck or Delivery Driver, Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic, and Operating Engineer or Other Construction Equipment Operator.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org

MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)