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Civil Construction Worker

Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Road Worker and Road Infrastructure Worker.

Civil construction workers compact, level and spread materials to form roads and footpaths, perform minor repairs to damaged surfaces, maintain bridges, and repair signs and guideposts.

They also undertake general roadside maintenance such as grass cutting, weed control and litter collection.

Civil construction workers may work as members of a small roadwork team.


    Civil construction workers may perform the following tasks:

  • clear scrub, strip grass and remove topsoil
  • assist with preparation for laying drains
  • spread gravel to form the road base
  • operate tank-truck distributors or hoses to spray tar, road oils and emulsions on the road before surfacing
  • operate paving machines or spread stone chips, gravel or asphalt onto road surfaces
  • erect and dismantle barricades and construction signs
  • direct traffic through the construction area
  • load and unload equipment and clean the worksite
  • calculate the quantities for ordering materials
  • comply with environmental and safety orders
  • landscape surrounding areas with trees and grass seed


  • enjoy practical and outdoor work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to work as part of a team

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Technical/Engineering Outdoor


Civil construction workers may work in the following categories:

Road construction: mix and lay compacting gravel, and operate paving machines to spread stone chips, gravel or asphalt on road surfaces to construct sealed roads.

Road maintenance: repair and replace roadside furniture, patch potholes, as well as maintain drains and sealed roads.

Bridge and construction maintenance: the installation, construction and maintenance of concrete bridges.

Pipe laying: the installation of pipe lines for water, sewerage or storm water.


Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a civil construction worker you usually have to complete a traineeship in Civil Construction, Bituminous Surfacing or Civil Foundations.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). In NSW, training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations authorised by SafeWork NSW. In the ACT, training is provided by Registered Training Organisations approved by WorkSafe ACT.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Resources and Infrastructure Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Civil construction workers are employed by civil contractors (infrastructure contractors), government roadwork authorities and local councils.

With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to progress to more specialised tasks or supervisory positions.

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