The civil construction industry’s output value in real terms is expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 2.14% from 2019 to 2023.
The growth will be driven by investments in transport infrastructure, with the government planning to invest US$58.9 billion to develop the country’s transport infrastructure by 2027–2028.i
This project growth will lead to an increased need for motivated civil construction apprentices to work on large projects throughout Australia.
Types of tasks/activities completed in the roleThe activities you will be involved in will depend on the project you’re working on, but examples include:
- Bridge maintenance and repair
- Road construction, repair and resurfacing
- Pipeline installation, maintenance and repair
- Marking out
- Moving materials
- Site fencing
- Traffic control
Skills you will need
- Like working outdoors
- Enjoy working with machinery
- Are safety conscious
- Positive and professional attitude
- Good communication skills
Career options available
- Earthmoving Plant Operators: you will operate the machinery that excavates soil, ore and rock.
- Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators: you will oversee operating stationary and mobile cranes, hoists, lifts and winches.
- Structural Steel Construction Workers you will deal with steel in the various ways it is used across all construction sites.
- Paving and Surfacing Layers: you’ll be laying surfaces for roads, footpaths, airstrips, and many other surfaces.
Potential entry level qualifications
- Certificate II in Civil Construction
- Certificate III in Civil Construction
- Certificate IV in Civil Construction
- Diploma in Civil Construction
Looking to start your career in Civil Construction?
Apprenticeships are a great way to kick-start your career. You get paid on-the-job training, whilst also completing a nationally recognised qualification.