Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson Kaihangarau/Kaihoahoa Mataaro Metarahi

Civil engineering technicians/draughtspeople plan and draw the technical details for building and repairing roads, bridges, buildings and other structures.

Civil engineering technicians/draughtspeople may do some or all of the following:

  • plan and design structures such as roads, buildings and bridges
  • make detailed drawings of structures using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • prepare construction plans that include budgets, costs and timetables
  • check on the progress of civil engineering projects and supervise maintenance and repair work
  • discuss and report design, planning or construction problems with engineers
  • direct, perform and analyse field and laboratory testing of sites and materials
  • consult with private clients, government agencies, contractors and other professionals.

Physical Requirements

Civil engineering technicians/draughtspeople need to be reasonably fit as they may have to walk long distances to work sites, and carry equipment.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for civil engineering technicians/draughtspeople includes:

  • work in engineering or construction
  • work with tools and machinery
  • draughting experience.

A good way to gain industry experience is to do a cadetship or get part-time work with an engineering firm.

Personal Qualities

Civil engineering technicians/draughtspeople need to be:

  • good at problem solving
  • organised and responsible
  • practical, methodical and accurate
  • able to make good judgements
  • able to work well under pressure.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for civil engineering technicians/draughtspeople includes:

  • work in engineering or construction
  • work with tools and machinery
  • draughting experience.

A good way to gain industry experience is to do a cadetship or get part-time work with an engineering firm.

Subject Recommendations

To gain entry to the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) course, it is recommended that you have a minimum of 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 in four subjects, including at least 12 credits in maths. Physics is also highly recommended, and technology subjects may be useful.

Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtspersons can earn around $50K-$70K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Civil engineering technicians/draughtspeople can progress within an engineering firm to partner level.

Some become civil engineers by completing a Bachelor of Engineering Technology or a Bachelor of Engineering. Courses completed for the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering can often be cross-credited towards a degree.

Civil engineering technicians may progress to become building and construction managers.

They may also specialise in areas such as water supply, roading and structural engineering.

Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson

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