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

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Around two in five workers have a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may also be required.

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

Job Titles

  • Civil Engineering Draftsperson
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Civil Engineering Draftsperson

    Prepares detailed drawings and plans for civil engineering work in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Civil Engineering Design Draftsperson, Plumbing Engineering Draftsperson, Road Design Draftsperson, Sewage Reticulation Drafting Officer, Structural Engineering Drafting Officer

  • Civil Engineering Technician

    Conducts tests of construction materials, prepares sketches and tabulations, and assists in estimating costs in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Civil Engineering Assistant, Civil Laboratory Technician, Geotechnical Laboratory Technician

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,570 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    8500
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    94.5%
  • Female Share

    5.5%
  • Full-Time Share

    91.8%

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This is a small occupation employing 8500 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Queensland has a large share of Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians.
  • They mainly work in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,570 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 36 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

In 2016, employers in New South Wales, Melbourne and South Australia found it hard to fill vacancies for Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians. To find out more, view the Department of Employment's latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20058000
20069200
20078900
200810400
200911100
201012800
20119400
201213700
201311900
201410700
20158500
20207400

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsCivil Engineering Draftspersons and TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings15701230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryCivil Engineering Draftspersons and TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-time91.868.4
Part-time8.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.840

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services63.9
Construction19.3
Public Administration and Safety10.6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3.5
Other Industries2.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCivil Engineering Draftspersons and TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW28.131.8
VIC14.725.5
QLD39.319.8
SA3.16.8
WA8.911.2
TAS22
NT11.1
ACT2.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCivil Engineering Draftspersons and TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.9-5.45.4
20-2411.4-9.99.9
25-3432.7-23.423.4
35-4428.5-21.721.7
45-5415.6-21.121.1
55-596-8.78.7
60-643-5.95.9
65 and Over1.9-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryCivil Engineering Draftspersons and TechniciansCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males94.5Males53.6
Females5.5Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed.
Around two in five workers have a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may also be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians who interact well with others, are reliable and provide good customer service.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Design

    89% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  2. Mathematics

    82% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English Language

    81% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Engineering and Technology

    77% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Building and Construction

    72% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment

    97% Important

    Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    93% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Getting Information

    87% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    85% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    85% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

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