How to become a Civil Construction 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.

Personal requirements of a Civil Construction Worker

  • 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

Education & Training for a Civil Construction Worker

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. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Civil Construction Worker

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.

Working conditions for a Civil Construction Worker

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

Employment Opportunities for a Civil Construction Worker

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.

Additional Information
All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC).
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