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

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

    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

    More about Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

    All Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

    All Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

    • $1,574 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 8,500 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 14% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 8,500 in 2018 to 8,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • 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%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20089800
    200911800
    201013000
    201110700
    201211600
    201313700
    201410400
    20159400
    201612400
    201712800
    20188500
    20238700

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings15741460

    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 Services50.4
    Public Administration and Safety18.2
    Construction16.6
    Manufacturing5.4
    Other Industries9.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: 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 Draftspersons and TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.931.6
    VIC18.825.6
    QLD31.320.0
    SA6.57.0
    WA13.910.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT1.11.0
    ACT1.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    15-191.4-5.05.0
    20-247.0-9.39.3
    25-3429.4-22.922.9
    35-4425.2-22.022.0
    45-5419.5-21.621.6
    55-598.2-9.09.0
    60-646.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: 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 Draftspersons and TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree17.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma38.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV21.0-21.121.1
    Year 1213.1-18.118.1
    Year 112.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.8-12.512.5

    You usually need formal qualifications and experience working with drafting software to work as a Civil Engineering Draftsperson or Technician. Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Technical 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

      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.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      94% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      92% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      91% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Spend time sitting

      90% Important

      Spend time sitting at work.

    5. Teamwork

      90% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    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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