Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians perform technical functions to assist Construction Managers, Architects and Surveyors by supervising and inspecting construction sites, estimating time, costs and resources, inspecting plumbing work, and collecting and evaluating survey data and preparing maps and plans.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Around three 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

  • assisting Construction Managers, Architects and Surveyors in planning and organisation
  • interpreting plans, regulations and codes of practice
  • preparing preliminary sketches, working drawings and specifications
  • preparing, editing and revising plans, maps, charts and drawings
  • coordinating works programs
  • inspecting work and materials for compliance with specifications, regulations and standards
  • calculating costs and estimating time scales
  • collecting data using surveying instruments and photogrammetric equipment
  • performing routine computations and plotting preliminary data

Job Titles

  • Architectural Draftsperson
  • Building Associate
  • Building Inspector, Certifier or Surveyor
  • Construction or Building Estimator
  • Plumbing Inspector
  • Surveying or Spatial Science Technician
  • Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
  • Architectural Draftsperson (also called Architectural Associate)

    Completes Architects' concepts by preparing drawings and plans, and liaising with builders and contractors.

    Specialisations: Building Drafting Officer

  • Building Associate

    Supervises construction sites, and organises and coordinates the material and human resources required. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Building Construction Supervisor, Clerk of Works

  • Building Inspector, Certifier or Surveyor

    Inspects buildings to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and advises on building requirements. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Electrical Installation Inspector

  • Construction or Building Estimator

    Prepares and delivers estimates and cost plans for construction projects up to the tender settlement stage.

  • Plumbing Inspector

    Inspects plumbing work to ensure compliance with relevant standards and regulations. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Drainage Inspector, Gas Plumbing Inspector, Sanitary Plumbing and Water Supply Inspector

  • Surveying or Spatial Science Technician (also called GIS Technician)

    Collects, records and evaluates spatial information and prepares databases, maps, charts and plans in support of Surveyors, Cartographers or Other Spatial Scientists. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Aerial Survey Technician, Photogrammetrist

  • Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians

    Includes Roof Truss Detailer, Structural Steel Detailer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,400 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    57,100
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    89.3%
  • Female Share

    10.7%
  • Full-Time Share

    88.8%

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This is a very large occupation employing 57,100 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Construction; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 43.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,400 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 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

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
200557600
200653700
200754100
200853400
200954400
201057000
201153800
201256700
201357400
201455100
201557100
202063300

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.
EarningsArchitectural, Building and Surveying TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14001230

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.
CategoryArchitectural, Building and Surveying TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-time88.868.4
Part-time11.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)43.640.0

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)
Construction49.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services30.6
Public Administration and Safety6.1
Manufacturing4.5
Other Industries8.9

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.
StateArchitectural, Building and Surveying TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW31.631.8
VIC24.325.5
QLD20.119.8
SA6.76.8
WA13.611.2
TAS1.72.0
NT0.81.1
ACT1.31.8

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 BracketArchitectural, Building and Surveying TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.1-5.45.4
20-244.5-9.99.9
25-3427.5-23.423.4
35-4423.1-21.721.7
45-5424.4-21.121.1
55-599.0-8.78.7
60-645.5-5.95.9
65 and Over5.0-3.83.8

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.
CategoryArchitectural, Building and Surveying TechniciansCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males89.3Males53.6
Females10.7Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationArchitectural, Building and Surveying TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree10.5-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma27.4-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV40.8-18.918.9
Year 127.0-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1011.5-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed.
Around three 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 Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

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

  1. Production and Processing

    79% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Building and Construction

    78% Important

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    77% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Administration and Management

    76% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  5. Public Safety and Security

    74% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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Activities

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

  1. Getting Information

    86% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    82% Important

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

  3. Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others

    82% Important

    Getting a group of people to work together to finish a task.

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    81% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  5. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    81% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

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