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

  • $1,570 Weekly Pay
  • 13,400 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 93.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.9 hours Average full-time
  • 39.5 years Average age
  • 17.6% female Gender Share

The number of Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 13,400 in 2017 to 13,700 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Western Australia or Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93.1%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.9 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 17.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20077700
20089700
200911800
201013000
201110600
201211600
201313700
201410400
20159700
201612700
201713400
202213700

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services59.5
Construction15.6
Public Administration and Safety8.8
Manufacturing8.0
Other Industries8.1

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 2017, 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
NSW22.331.6
VIC14.826.2
QLD26.519.7
SA5.86.7
WA24.910.8
TAS3.52.0
NT1.11.1
ACT1.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-193.1-5.25.2
20-2411.3-9.99.9
25-3425.8-23.623.6
35-4421.4-21.721.7
45-5421.6-20.820.8
55-593.9-8.88.8
60-649.1-6.06.0
65 and Over3.7-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Resources and Infrastructure Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3011.02 - Civil Drafters.

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