How to become a Civil and Structural Engineering Associate

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.

Personal requirements of a Civil and Structural Engineering Associate

  • 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.

Duties & Tasks of a Civil and Structural Engineering Associate

Civil and structural engineering associates: • 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.

Working conditions for a Civil and Structural Engineering Associate

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


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Engineering Technical Officer

An 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

A 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).

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.1%

NSW NSW 22.3%

NT NT 1.1%

QLD QLD 26.5%

SA SA 5.8%

TAS TAS 3.5%

VIC VIC 14.8%

WA WA 24.9%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 82.4%

Female 17.6%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 3.1%

20-24 - 11.3%

25-34 - 25.8%

35-44 - 21.4%

45-54 - 21.6%

55-59 - 3.9%

60-64 - 9.1%

65 and Over - 3.7%

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

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