Bridge Design Technicians work with bridge engineers and aid in the design of bridges of all sizes. While some bridges have the purpose of allowing pedestrians to cross a short distance via foot other larger bridges have the purpose of allowing cars and other vehicles to bypass highways or large bodies of water.
In order for all of this to be accomplished bridge design technicians play an integral role in these types of projects. Bridge design technicians often take the bridge construction architectural drafts and using a computer aided design (CAD) program transform the drafts into plans that are usable.
Normally a team of bridge design technicians works together to produce the final version of the design. In order to qualify as a bridge design technician its necessary to have a minimum of a two-year associates degree with an emphasis in drafting coursework.
Additionally many employers require that bridge design technicians to be certified in computer aided design and specifically in the program AutoCad. Some of the essential characteristics that a successful bridge design technician must possess are the ability to be organized be team-oriented and produce precise and accurate work.
Bridge design technicians according to Payscale.com earn an average of $47000 per year.