Why choose a career in civil construction?

If you want a motivating career, that provides the rewards of job satisfaction, excellent income potential and working teams of people, then Civil Construction is for you.

Whether you enjoy working outdoors, operating plant and equipment, caring for the environment, planning and designing infrastructure projects and looking out for the health safety and wellbeing of team members and yourself, then a Career in Civil should be considered.

It’s an industry that is diverse, essential and growing. There are general entry level and specialist technical skills, as well as project and people management skills required, as infrastructure projects grow, there is an ongoing need for civil construction skills

Equality and diversity

Over the past couple of decades, the Civil Construction industry has had a poor image throughout the general population. It’s been seen as an industry where big boys play with big toys. It has been seen as dirty, only a bloke would do it and hard work. Perhaps the last industry to think about a career in.

This has changed, and the messages have changed. Many civil businesses are employing females, and those from diverse backgrounds. The expectations and job tasks of the civil construction industry have developed. These changes are, technological plant and equipment advancements, an expectation to work in a team with good communication skills, the ability to problem solve and make decisions, and importantly, apply what needs to be done to ensure that the worksite is safe to carry out tasks.

The Civil Construction Industry is now considered a progressive, vibrant and dynamic industry to get your foot into. It’s important to be motivated, enthusiastic, reliable and keen to learn,

Where to start

It is possible to enter the civil industry at any level, and with a range of experiences, training and education. The changes to the way training is delivered and the increased opportunities available for developing civil skills, reflect the tasks and job functions as experienced on civil construction sites.

Vocational training for the civil industry is competency based. There is an opportunity to complete some units of competency while still at school. Selecting and completing training can take you on a journey of further career development. These can be short specialist programs, as well as higher level courses. Ongoing training is now accepted as the norm for the industry.

You can begin a career in Civil Construction while at school. Some Victorian schools offer VET in Schools, with Pathways to Civil Construction courses are available. This is an opportunity to learn a trade while you finish secondary school, in this case civil construction.

On the job learning as an apprentice may help to get a foot in the door.  There are opportunities to complete the core competencies of a Certificate III In civil Construction and then select a stream that suits you, for example plant and machine operator.

You can choose your career according to the type of work, positions and levels of responsibility that suit you. This could be leading health and safety on a worksite to managing civil projects or designing a freeway.

Civil Construction and Infrastructure creation are global businesses. The skills required for the Civil Construction Industry are transferable anywhere around Australia and well as around the world.