Are We Training Enough Civil Engineering Technicians?

by Jerry A. Nathanson, Instructor; Union County Technical Institute, Scotch Plains, N.J.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 12, Pg. 52-54

Document Type: Feature article


A basic difficulty in the world of engineering education today is that we may be training too many B.S. engineers and not enough technicians and technologists. Presently, the total number of B.S. level engineering graduates is considerably higher than the combined total of technicians and technologists graduates. If technicians are to provide support for engineers, just as nurses provide support for doctors, then we have far too few technicians. Thus, there may be a need to place specific limits on enrollments in B.S. engineering programs; and for a major push to increase technology enrollments.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Training

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