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:

Other courses can be found through the Victorian Skills Gateway:

In school

Doing year nine Work experience with an employer in building and construction, drafting or surveying.

Enrolling in

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

At university

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.

Look for:

Diplomas or Certificate level courses

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 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.

Work trials

Contact your local jobactive provider to see what you are eligible for:


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

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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