You can build a career
Find the road to construction, writes Cara Jenkin
JOBS in civil construction range from managers to general labourers and workers can potentially earn up to $200,000 a year.
Civil Train outlines the opportunities available in the industry and the best paths to get there.
What is civil construction? Civil construction companies specialise in specific tasks such as drilling, trenching, laying pipes, concreting, laying bitumen and undertaking earthworks to prepare sites for future construction.
Civil contractors play a major part in preparing and developing projects large and small, in cities or remote areas.
For example, workers can create roads to remote mines and communities or build the infrastructure for a new building.
What jobs are there? The industry employs a range of skilled workers. These can be professionals, such as managers, engineers, project managers and office administrators, or tradespeople, general labourers and plant (machinery) operators.
Workers can have completed higher education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship to start their career.
Is there the chance for career progression? A traineeship in the civil construction industry and completing an entry-level certificate II course can lead to a range of qualifications at certificate III level.
Further certificate IV qualifications can be obtained by studying in areas such as operations, supervisor and workplace health and safety.
Average salaries range from $40,000 to $200,000 a year, depending on the qualifications, skills and experience of the worker.
How can I start? A six-week certificate II program can be free to study under the State Government’s Skills for All initiative and provides the entry level skills to get work in civil construction.
Participants of the Certificate II Civil Ready program undertake a range of nationally accredited training units that link to a certificate III qualification.
At Civil Train, the training division of the Civil Contractors Federation, training is provided in purpose-built modern classrooms, which feature indoor and outdoor practical training areas and plant training simulators.
Where can I find out more: Contact Civil Train to discuss the range of training and development opportunities available – or book online for an information session.
You can telephone Civil Train, on 8111 8001 or check out the website, www.civil trainsa.com.au
LEARNING: Zak Faulkner uses the Civil Contractors Federation training centre at Thebarton.