Civil Construction

What is Civil Construction?

Careers in Civil Construction range from working in mobile plant machinery on roads and railways to supervising traffic on construction sites.

Plant Operators – Excavators, Forklift, Skid Steer drivers

Traffic Management

Road and tunnel construction

Where can I get trained?

Federation Training offer a number of local training opportunities: http://www.federationtraining.edu.au/courses/apprenticeships_and_pre-apprenticeships

Other courses can be found through the Victorian Skills Gateway: https://www.skills.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway/Pages/Home.aspx?Redirect=1#/SitePages/Home.aspx

At school by...

Doing Work experience with an employer in building and construction.

Enrolling in

VET in Schools – complete a Certificate II qualification while attending school

School Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships (SBAT) – start your qualification and get paid to work while you finish secondary school.

Completing Certificate III Civil Construction course.

Look for a full-time apprenticeship with an individual employer or a local apprenticeship provider – they’re listed on Australian Apprenticeships.

Civil Construction roles require certain licenses before you can work. For example a Construction Induction White Card is a minimum requirement, while other roles may require a Mobile Plant or Heavy Rigid (HR) truck licence for example.

Where can I get experience?

At school

Ask your Careers teacher and your VET or VCAL coordinator. Work experience is a great way to see what happens in the building and construction industry. It can start a pathway to your career in civil construction. From here you can undertake a structured work placement or even start a school-based apprenticeship/traineeship.

Work trials

Contact your local jobactive provider to see what you are eligible for: https://jobsearch.gov.au

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to get experience. Keep an eye on the Gippsland Volunteering website for other volunteering opportunities.

What do I need to be good at?
  • Working in a team
  • Working with your hands
  • Following directions
  • Work related literacy and numeracy
  • Coordination and Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
How much do I get paid?

Trade wages vary. Apprenticeship wages do start at minimum wage but have other benefits like discounts for car registration and loans for tools.

Wages range from $50,000 - $60,000 per year and can increase depending on worksites and locations.

Please see fairwork.gov.au or joboutlook.gov.au for further information about wages

What can this job lead to?

Qualified workers in civil construction may go on to become business owners and operators. With further training qualified tradesmen can become specialists in:

  • Site management
  • Project management
  • Contract Administration
  • Education and training
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