Job Outlook: Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

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May 10, 2022

Job Outlook: Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

OVERVIEW

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in civil engineering research, design, construction, operations and maintenance.

You usually need a formal qualification in civil engineering or another relevant field and experience working with drafting software to work as a Civil Engineering Draftsperson or Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks

  • preparing sketches, charts, tabulations, plans and designs for civil engineering works such as drainage, water supply, sewerage reticulation systems, roads, airports, dams, bridges and other structures
  • performing and directing fieldwork and laboratory testing
  • interpreting work assignment instructions, applying appropriate procedures and selecting equipment
  • collecting and analysing data, and carrying out computations
  • estimating material costs and ensuring finished works are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions
  • inspecting civil engineering works, and organising and supervising maintenance and repair work
  • conducting field and laboratory tests of construction materials and soils, and collecting data for traffic surveys

PROSPECTS

There were 11,000 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians in 2020. The number of workers:

  • grew very strongly over the past 5 years
  • is expected to stay about the same over the next five years
  • is likely to reach 10,800 by 2025.

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, seasonally adjusted data to November 2020 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2025. The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

Employment Snapshot

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Construction.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,574 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 14% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

PATHWAY

You usually need a formal qualification in civil engineering or another relevant field and experience working with drafting software to work as a Civil Engineering Draftsperson or Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Resources and Infrastructure Industry VET training pathways.

Reference: https://joboutlook.gov.au/occupations/civil-engineering-draftspersons-and-technicians?occupationCode=3122


WHAT YOU CAN STUDY AT PCBT

Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design – RII60520 is a 2-year course which can be undertaken at PCBT as your first step to establish your future career – available to international and local students.

  • This qualification reflects the role of an individual working as a senior civil works designer or a para-professional designer, who supports professional engineers. They perform tasks that are broad, specialised, complex and technical and include strategic areas and initiating activities. They are responsible for the design of complex projects to ensure the implementation of the client’s site requirements and are required to demonstrate self-directed application of theoretical and technical knowledge and initiate solutions to technical problems or management requirements.

Apply for July 2022 intake or get to know more on https://pcbt.wa.edu.au/advanced-diploma-of-civil-construction-design/

You may be interested to visit one of our agents for more, however, please find them all on https://pcbt.wa.edu.au/pcbt-agents/


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Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa

The Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa is a temporary visa that allows international students to live, study and work in Australia once they have finished their studies.

You do not need work experience for a qualifications-only assessment to support a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. However, you will need to hold a qualification that is:

  • At the required educational level, and
  • In a highly relevant field of study to your nominated occupation.

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