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Civil engineering draftsperson

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Summary of occupation

Civil engineering draftspersons assist in the research, design, operation and maintenance of civil engineering construction projects. Their work generally consists of preparing detailed drawings and plans for civil engineering work in support of engineering professionals. As such they plan and oversee the construction of public structures that aid transportation, water and sewerage, and other public amenities.

ANZSCO description: Prepares detailed drawings and plans for civil engineering work in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.
Alternative names: Civil Engineering Associate, Civil Engineering Technician
Specialisations: Civil Engineering Design Draftsperson, Engineering Technical Officer, Plumbing Engineering Draftsperson, Road Design Draftsperson, Sewage Reticulation Drafting Officer, Structural Engineering Drafting Officer
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

Civil engineering draftspersons need:

  • an interest in solving practical and technical problems
  • planning and organisational skills
  • analytical skills and the ability to interpret information
  • strong communication skills
  • an understanding of the principles of physics and maths
  • knowledge of building methods and materials.
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Working conditions

Civil engineering draftspersons may work indoors drawing up plans and technical drawings and designs in engineering firms, where they may work as part of a design team. Alternatively, they may work outdoors on construction projects, or overseeing the maintenance of civil engineering works and facilities. They work all over the State, from overseeing the construction of new office buildings in our busy cities, to buildings for new mining developments in key regional areas.

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Salary details

On average, civil engineering draftspersons can expect to earn between $1 500 and $1 999 per week ($78 000 and $103 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a civil engineering draftsperson develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Civil engineering draftspersons are involved in the design and planning of engineering projects that will ultimately eventuate in the construction of a building or structure, so they need to be familiar with a range of technical drawing concepts and computer programs such as Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD) and 3-D imaging programs.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a civil engineering draftsperson, you usually need to complete a formal qualification in civil construction design.

The Diploma of Civil Construction Design and the Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.

You can also complete a traineeship. The civil construction designer or senior civil construction designer traineeships usually take 36 months to complete.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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