• A stator in the third powerhouse at Grand Coulee.
  • The penstocks above the water at Hoover Dam
  • The top of Shasta Dam in California
  • An automated gate structure on a canal in Washington.
  • An aerial photo of the sunsetting at Ruedi Reservoir in Colorado.

JOB PROFILES: Civil Engineering Technician

A civil engineering technician with his survey equipment.Can you calculate quantities of materials or estimate costs needed to accomplish a long-term construction project? Or do you enjoy testing concrete or other materials to ensure the safety and stability of a structure or worksite?

If so, working as a civil engineering technician with Reclamation may be the job for you. Whether operating technical software at a computer workstation or spending long days testing materials in a remote field environment, these techs help maintain the valuable infrastructure of Reclamation projects. Since the early 1900s, our agency has constructed hundreds of dams and other water management facilities that have helped the western United States thrive. But as they age, these structures require increasing maintenance, inspection and testing to ensure their safety and stability. Whether rappelling down a dam to obtain concrete core samples or crushing concrete blocks for stress tests in the Technical Center's cutting-edge laboratory, civil engineer technicians will find themselves working with unique programs and in exciting locations during their careers with Reclamation.