Civil Engineering Draftsperson

When you do this course you can specialise in becoming a Civil Draftsperson. Civil Draftspersons assist in civil engineering research, design, construction, operations and maintenance.

Course Overview

Civil Engineering Draftsperson (312211) is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

After completion of this course, students will be ready to work as a Civil Engineering Draftsperson in the industry. Students will learn progressive technologies such as 3D design and modelling using current software. By studying this course you will learn advanced technical knowledge and research and will be able to specialise in production planning and resourcing for engineering operations.

If students do not want to enter the workforce after graduation, this course also provides a pathway to a bachelor degree. The course gives students credit towards engineering bachelor degrees at universities. In Australia, a Civil Engineering Draftsperson earn an average weekly earnings of $1574 per week and the average hours worked in Australia are 42 per week. Civil Engineering draftspersons generally work for a medium to large sized construction company, mining company and government.

Graduates will be skilled in many aspects of Civil Engineering Draftsperson include:

  • preparing sketches, charts, tabulations, plans and designs for civil engineering works such as drainage, water supply, sewerage reticulation systems, roads, airports, dams, bridges and other structures
  • performing and directing fieldwork and laboratory testing
  • interpreting work assignment instructions, applying appropriate procedures and selecting equipment
  • collecting and analysing data, and carrying out computations
  • estimating material costs and ensuring finished works are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions
  • inspecting civil engineering works, and organising and supervising maintenance and repair work
  • conducting field and laboratory tests of construction materials and soils, and collecting data for traffic surveys

This course also offers pathways into university courses and students may be able to apply for recognized prior learning to earn credit towards a bachelor degree.

Course Details

Associates Degree in Civil Engineering

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Intake: January and July
  • Cost: from $8000 per semester
  • Locations: Adelaide & Brisbane


Must have graduated secondary school with a sound achievement in maths
Must have a minimum of IELTS 6 overall (with no score less than 5.5)

Civil Engineering Draftsperson (312211) – is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.

Graduate Outcome

Potential Career Pathways: 

  • Technical Officer
  • CAD Draftsperson
  • Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson 

Higher Education Opportunities:

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering 
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Aerospace Engineering

    Studying Civil Engineering in Australia

    This video discusses studying to become a Civil Engineering Draftsperson or Civil Engineering Technician.

    Education Pathways

    Civil Engineering Draftsperson is currently on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List.

    Civil Engineering Draftsperson is currently on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List. 

    When you do this course you can specialise in becoming a Civil Draftsperson. Civil Draftspersons assist in civil engineering research, design, construction, operations and maintenance.

    Options for a Temporary Graduate Visa

    If undertaking study in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa. Alternatively, many students use this time to obtain a positive skills assessment.

    Note: It is never recommended to engage in studies for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia. Speak to us and we can find a course that matches your long-term career goals.

    Step 1: Study a course or package of courses

    Study a course or package of courses that go for at least 2 years and include the Cert III in Automotive Electrical Technology

    • Associate Degree in Civil Engineering (24 months)
    Step 2: Receive the temporary graduate visa
    By studying for 2 years and passing a provisional or full skills assessment in an occupation that is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List , you may be eligible to apply for the temporary graduate visa. The graduate visa is a work visa that allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. For more information on the graduate visa click here.
    Step 3: Pass a Skills Assessment

    A skills assessment for Civil Engineering Draftsperson is done through Engineers Australia or Vet Assess.

    Before you can apply for a general skilled migration visa you must first have a positive skills assessment in your nominated occupation.

    Pathway to Aus is only partnered with providers that are accredited by Engineers Australia, the peak body for engineering professionals in Australia.

    Step 4: Apply for general skilled migration visas

    Once you have completed the Job Ready Program you will receive a positive skills assessment. Once you have the positive skills assessment you will be able to apply for general skilled migration visas.

    If eligible, the general skilled migration visas do not require you to have an employer that is willing to sponsor your visa. Please note that you will still be required to pass the required points test and health checks to apply for this visa.


    Thalia’s Pathway to Aus

    In this video we meet Thalia. Thalia came to Australia from South Africa and studied to become a Civil Engineering Draftsperson at TAFE QLD in Brisbane. Thalia went straight into studying the course after graduating from high school.

    Whilst undertaking the course, Thalia was also fortunate enough to find paid work experience at a local engineering company. This allowed her to earn to support herself whilst she studied. She was allowed to undertake 40 hours per fortnight of paid work and unlimited hours in school holidays.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    In case you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to consult with one of our agents.

    What do you do as a civil engineering draftsperson?
    Civil Engineering Draftspersons prepare detailed drawings and plans for civil engineering work in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists
    Where can I study to become a civil engineering draftsperson?
    International students can study to become an civil engineering draftsperson in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne
    Who is the skill assessor for civil engineering draftpersons?
    The skill assessors for all engineers, including civil engineering draftpersons are Engineers Australia. Pathway to Aus can find your courses which are accredited by Engineers Australia.
    Do you do any work placement as part of the course?
    Yes, the course has approximately 240 hours of vocational placement where you would be placed in an Australian engineering company. Many students continue to work for their employer even after their placement has finished.
    How much does a civil engineering draftperson make?
    As per job outlook, the average civil engineering draftperson makes approximately $1,574 per week
    How long does it take to become a civil engineering draftsperson?
    You can become a qualified civil engineering draft person in only 2 years.
    Are civil engineering draftpersons in demand in Australia?
    As per job outlook, there are moderate future growth prospects for civil engineering draftpersons in Australia. In additional the occupation of civil engineering draftperson is also on the immigration Medium to Long Term Strategic Skill List.
    What is the difference between an civil engineering draftperson and civil engineer?
    A civil engineering draftperson prepares drawing and layouts for civil engineers. The associate degree of civil engineering can give you credit should you want to study to become a fully qualified civil engineer.
    How do I get started?

    If you complete enrolment questionnaire. We will be able to run through the different course options available to you and what documents you will need for the enrolment.

    Will these qualifications be recognised in my home country?
    These qualifications are part of the Australian Qualification Framework. Most countries, specifically European or North American countries accept qualifications issued by Australia. So yes, generally speaking, the qualifications will be accepted and allow you to work in your home country. Please note, we would always recommend you check specifically with your home country.


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    Studying Civil Engineering Draftsperson in Australia was last modified: January 16th, 2024 by Nick Yock