Civil Engineering Technicians conduct tests of construction materials, prepare sketches and tabulations, and assist in estimating costs in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists.

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

You usually need formal qualifications and experience working with drafting software to work as a Civil Engineering Technician. Civil Engineering Technicians 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.
  • Performs and directs fieldwork and laboratory testing.
  • Interprets work assignment instructions, applies appropriate procedures and selects equipment.
  • Collects and analyses data and carries out computations.
  • Estimates material costs and ensures finished works are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions.
  • Inspects civil engineering works, and organises and supervises maintenance and repair work.
  • Conducts field and laboratory tests of construction materials and soils, and collects data for traffic surveys.

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 Technicians

  • 3,200 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 12% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Civil Engineering Technicians (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 3,600 in 2011 to 3,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Civil Engineering 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 12% 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 Services31.9
Public Administration and Safety31.5
Construction19.4
Manufacturing5.2
Other Industries12.0

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 TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW23.431.6
VIC16.925.6
QLD32.620.0
SA6.67.0
WA13.610.8
TAS3.02.0
NT2.01.0
ACT1.91.9

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 TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.9-5.05.0
20-248.5-9.39.3
25-3426.7-22.922.9
35-4422.0-22.022.0
45-5420.4-21.621.6
55-599.5-9.09.0
60-647.5-6.06.0
65 and Over3.5-4.24.2

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 TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree15.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma25.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV28.6-21.121.1
Year 1214.3-18.118.1
Year 113.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below7.7-12.512.5

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Technical design

    67% Skill level

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

  4. Building and construction

    64% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  5. Computers and electronics

    60% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    91% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Electronic mail

    89% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  5. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

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