Civil Construction Career Pathway

Here’s how to develop your Civil Construction career!

If you are looking at building a sustainable Civil Construction career, it’s important to equip yourself with the necessary skills and knowledge. We have compiled a career pathway table for you in order to help you identify what online qualification will best suit your career needs. Career development is important and formalising your skills with an online qualification will give you the opportunities you are looking for.

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Position General Roles Qualification Recommended
Leading Hand/Team Leader/Ganger A Ganger or Leading Hand might control four to six workers (a work gang), one or two earthmoving or road-working machines and the necessary inventory for a limited scope of work. For example, a gang might be given the job of installing six or so culverts within a project.Oversees part of a job. Certificate IV in Civil Construction SupervisionCertificate IV in Frontline Management
Supervisor Oversees a number of construction gangs/teams on a construction work site. See below for suggested duties * Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision +Certificate IV in Frontline Management
Foreman/Foreperson Oversee job – not paperwork construction work on several sites or sub-sites. A Foreman might be responsible for three or four work gangs. His job would be to ensure that the tasks of the gangs were coordinated and the necessary equipment and supplies were made available in a timely fashion. On the same project, other foremen might be responsible for a bridge construction, general road construction, drainage works, etc. Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision +Certificate IV in Frontline Management* Can do Diploma qualifications.
Site Supervisor The person, usually located on site, who is responsible to the contractor for making day-to-day decisions about the running of the contract. Also often oversees people and plant. Can sometimes be is the same person as the contractor’s representative or project manager. Oversee the work of a number of construction gangs/teams on a construction work site Diploma of Civil Construction Management +Certificate IV in Frontline ManagementCertificate IV in Project Management Practice

General Foreman

Oversees project part eg. bridges. Oversees number of foreman. Diploma Civil Construction Management+Diploma Management +Certificate IV Project Management Practice
Construction Manager Oversees construction site. Diploma of Civil Construction Management +Diploma of Management +Diploma of Project Management
Estimator An estimator is a person who is capable of detailed measurement from adequate documentation. He or she must be able to seek and obtain subcontract or supplier prices, and to price a range of standard activities (with some gaps). An estimator must have some ability in determining and pricing appropriate project overheads. Diploma of Civil Construction Management +Diploma of Management
Project Manager/Project Supervisor/Contractors Representative A project manager is capable of running a single project up to $8 million or a maximum of three small projects less than $2million each. Skills may need matching to the projects. Such a person will be very capable in areas where of previous experience, but may need some guidance in contractual and commercial matters. The Project Supervisor would be responsible for the coordination of all of the gangs, equipment and consumables. He/she would also deal with higher levels of estimation, contract control, specifications and quality assurance, etc. Diploma of Civil Construction Management +Diploma of Management +Diploma of Project Management
Senior Project Manager Person capable of running a single, large project up to $60 million, or a number of smaller projects. He/she generally will have strengths in one or two areas, but would be capable of tackling almost any project. The appointee must have good engineering and construction skills, and excellent personal productivity Advanced Diploma of Civil ConstructionAdvanced Diploma of Project ManagementDiploma of Management
Super intendent/Works Superintendent Oversees major projects. Deals with Government Stakeholders. The person nominated in the contract who, both parties agree, should impartially ensure that both the principal and contractor properly perform their respective obligations under the contract. Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction +Advanced Diploma of Project ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Management
Engineers The person to whom the superintendent has delegated some of the powers under the contract, and is responsible for the direct administration of the works being undertaken by the contractor.

Site Engineer: The person who deals with all technical issues and undertakes duties as delegated by the resident engineer.

Engineering Degree +Diploma of Civil ConstructionManagementDiploma of Project Management/DipManagementAdvanced Diploma of Project Management

*Suggested Supervisor Roles
The list below outlines some of the tasks and responsibilities that may form part of a supervisor’s job. Not all supervisors will need to do all of the tasks every day and there are other tasks that have not been included here. Supervisors might be required to do any of the following:

 Plan the day-to-day operations that are under their control.
 Plan for the overall project/s under their control.
 Provide cost estimates for labour, equipment and supplies.
 Maintain and improve workplace safety.
 Maximise efficiency and productivity.
 Organise the resources necessary to get tasks completed.
 Achieve maximum utilisation of resources (labour and equipment).
 Ensure that the job is carried out in line with the specification.
 Negotiate prices and delivery dates with sub-contractors and suppliers.
 Ensure that the work done on the job meets all quality control and quality assurance
 Prevent wastage of manpower and resources.
 Assist in the financial management of the project.
 Ensure that all tasks are carried out in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards.
 Communicate effectively with personnel at all levels, including, labour, management,
clients, suppliers, sub-contractors, members of the public, etc.
 Act as the chairperson at site meetings.
 Provide leadership to help build your team.
 Play your part in maintaining harmonious industrial relations.
 Be an active trouble-spotter and trouble-shooter.
 Provide progress and other reports to the appropriate personnel.
 Be on the lookout for more efficient ways to do things.
 Be a good team player as well as a good team leader.
 Accept that being a supervisor means more work, not less.

The career pathway for those wanting a civil construction career is ideal for the beginning of motivated career development.

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