How to become a Building Technician

Building technicians assist with the building of houses and work on commercial projects, usually undertaking supervisory roles.

Personal requirements of a Building Technician

  • Good organisational skills
  • good at technical activities
  • practical approach to problem-solving
  • able to work as part of a team.

Duties & Tasks of a Building Technician

Building technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • provide skilled assistance to builders and construction managers by interpreting and carrying out directions for planning and organising building projects
  • interpret building plans, regulations and codes of practice to direct progress of the work, ensuring specifications and regulations are followed, and proper methods and materials are used
  • calculate costs and estimate completion times to prepare tenders
  • arrange supplies of material and equipment
  • draw up detailed programs for site works and the coordination of building workers
  • record building progress and variations from the design drawings or specifications
  • negotiate with subcontractors and report to builders and architects.

Working conditions for a Building Technician

Building technicians may also work as project planners, estimators, project administrators or as technical sales representatives. They sometimes work as building inspectors (ensuring construction is going to plan) or as building site managers on large commercial projects. Building technicians usually work on construction sites.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 31.6%

NT 1.3%

QLD 22%

SA 6.2%

TAS 1.4%

VIC 22.8%

WA 13.3%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 96%

Female 4%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 8.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 57.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 13.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 7.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 1.8%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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