What do they do?
Surveyors – consult on land boundaries, prepare documentation for potential construction sites, evaluate and approve new buildings
Draftsperson – design and draw plans for houses, buildings and roads
Estimators – visit proposed worksites and prepare quotes for work including labour and materials
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
Doing year nine Work experience with an employer in building and construction, drafting or surveying.
VET in Schools – complete a Certificate II in Engineering or Building and Construction qualification while attending school
School Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships (SBAT) – start your qualification and get paid to work while you finish secondary school.
At TAFE or other registered training organisations
- Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Estimating)
- Diploma of Building Design
- Diploma of Surveying
- Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying
You can take an undergraduate degree at university in:
- Bachelor of Civil Engineering
- Bachelor of Building Design
On the job
Look for a school-based apprenticeship or for a full-time apprenticeship with an individual employer or a local apprenticeship provider – they’re listed on Australian Apprenticeships.
Diplomas or Certificate level courses
Where can I get experience?
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 surveying, drafting or estimating. From here you can undertake a structured work placement or even start a school-based apprenticeship/traineeship. You can also ask a local business for a voluntary work opportunity.
Contact your local jobactive provider to see what you are eligible for: https://jobsearch.gov.au
Keep an eye on the Gippsland Volunteering website for other volunteering opportunities. 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
- Listening to
How much do I get paid?
On average you can expect to earn $70,000 per annum
What can this job lead to?
Work in this field can lead to small business operation or consultancy. With further study you can work in:
- Project management
- Training and Education
- Team Management