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Civil and Structural Engineering Associate

VOC Course Year 12 Preferred

Also known as Civil Engineering and Structural Technician.

Civil and structural engineering associates provide technical support to civil engineers and civil engineering technologists.

They assist with the research, design, construction, operation and maintenance of projects such as roads, airports, railways, buildings, bridges, dams and drainage systems.

Civil and structural engineering associates may work in offices, technical laboratories, workshops or on site.


    Civil and structural engineering associates may perform the following tasks:

  • help to estimate costs, prepare specifications for materials and carry out surveying and drafting
  • prepare working drawings, plans and designs for construction work
  • use computers to produce designs, detailed drawings and documentation
  • help with programming work and checking materials
  • maintain close contact with construction workers and project managers
  • check that finished works are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions
  • inspect civil engineering works, and organise and supervise maintenance and repair work


  • able to identify, analyse and solve technical problems
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • capable of accurate, detailed work
  • aptitude for computing and design
  • practical and creative
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • able to accept responsibility

Interest Area

Technical/Engineering Outdoor Clerical/Administrative Figures/Computational


Civil Engineering Design Drafter - prepares technical design drawings for the construction of structural, sanitary, transportation, drainage and other civil engineering projects.

Engineering Technical Officer - performs a wider range of technical tasks. This may involve operating specialised machinery or coordinating a team of workers in undertaking specific tasks, such as preparing a foundation for structural construction to support the construction process.

Structural Engineering Design Drafter - prepares drawings for the construction of steel, concrete or timber structures (such as framed buildings, roof trusses, cranes, bridges, towers and supporting structures).


VOC Course Year 12 Preferred

To become a civil and structural engineering associate you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in civil and structural engineering that is recognised by Engineers Australia. Entry to these courses usually requires you to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

Additional Information

    Graduates may be eligible for associate membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their website for more details.


Civil and structural engineering associates are employed in building and construction companies; federal, state or territory government departments; and local government councils. They are also employed by architectural and engineering consultancy firms. There are opportunities for contract work.

The major area of employment is engineering drafting. Demand is usually dependent on activity within the construction industry.

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