Civil Engineering Draftspersons prepare detailed drawings and plans for civil engineering work in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists.

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

You usually need formal qualifications and experience working with drafting software to work as a Civil Engineering Draftsperson. Civil Engineering Draftspersons often complete a certificate III or IV.

Tasks

  • Prepares sketches, charts, tabulations, plans and designs for civil engineering works such as drainage, water supply, sewage reticulation systems, roads, airports, dams and other structures.

More about Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

All Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

  • $1,574 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Civil Engineering Draftspersons

  • 5,700 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 15% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Civil Engineering Draftspersons (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 6,600 in 2011 to 5,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Civil Engineering Draftspersons work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • 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 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 15% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services61.0
Construction15.0
Public Administration and Safety11.1
Manufacturing5.3
Other Industries7.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCivil Engineering DraftspersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW26.031.6
VIC19.625.6
QLD30.720.0
SA6.67.0
WA13.410.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCivil Engineering DraftspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.1-5.05.0
20-246.1-9.39.3
25-3431.3-22.922.9
35-4427.1-22.022.0
45-5418.8-21.621.6
55-597.3-9.09.0
60-645.3-6.06.0
65 and Over3.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCivil Engineering DraftspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree17.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma45.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV16.9-21.121.1
Year 1212.7-18.118.1
Year 111.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.5-12.512.5

You usually need formal qualifications and experience working with drafting software to work as a Civil Engineering Draftsperson. Civil Engineering Draftspersons often complete a certificate III or IV.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driver's licence

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Design

    82% Skill level

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

  2. Engineering and Technology

    69% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. English Language

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Computers and Electronics

    61% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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The skills and 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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  1. Electronic Mail

    94% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

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  3. Being Exact or Accurate

    91% Important

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  4. Spend Time Sitting

    90% Important

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  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    90% Important

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The skills and 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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