The South Australian civil construction industry employs 7,100 people which is 0.9% of the State’s workforce.

Most people in this industry work on community infrastructure projects like roads, railways, pipelines and bridges. Many of these projects are related to South Australia’s major infrastructure projects.

Almost three quarters of employment is in the metropolitan area and over a quarter is located in regional South Australia.

Job openings for skilled workers

Civil engineer

Civil engineering draftsperson and technician

Earthmoving plant operator


Quick facts about this industry

  • Science and maths are important for training and work in this industry.
  • Almost everyone works full-time.
  • The most common qualification is a university degree or higher and a high proportion of this workforce have a trade qualification (certificate III).
  • A small proportion of women work in this industry, and there are good opportunities for all.
  • People are generally younger than the average age of the SA workforce.
  • You need to be physically fit, good at solving problems, able to work in teams and have a strong commitment to safety.
  • Qualified full-time tradespeople generally earn between $1,000 and $1,250 per week. Specialist tradespeople, such as those working in the mining industry, earn significantly more when the industry is growing and their skills are in high demand.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Engineering
  • Mining and civil

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificates II and III in Civil Construction
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction Operations
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision
  • Certificate II – Diploma level include surface extraction operations, resource processing, drilling operations, underground coal mining and underground metalliferous mining 

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Built environment
  • Civil and structural engineering
  • Construction management

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

This sector is responsible for constructing and repairing roads, railways, dams, bridges, tunnels, pipelines, elevated highways, aeroplane runways, parking lots, power plants, desalination plants, golf courses, irrigation systems, and sewage plants as well as dredging and developing ports and harbours, and constructing mines and oil refineries. This sector is strongly linked to the mining and engineering sectors.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Civil and structural engineering associate, civil engineering technologist, construction project manager, outdoor council worker, industrial engineer, metal trades assistant, mobile heavy machinery operator, road worker or surveying technician.

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.

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