Bridge Constructor / Career

Overview of Occupation

Income Bracket: $60,000 – $100,000+

Bridge Constructors build and repair bridges of all types. Structures that are built today can vary from steel to large poured concrete structures.

Alternative Titles: Bridge Construction, Maintenance Artisan

Education and Training: One path to becoming a skilled Bridge Constructor is through on the job training. You can also become a Bridge Constructor through a traineeship or apprenticeship (also known as Australian Apprenticeship). Traineeships/apprenticeships involve a combination of on and off the job training. At this stage there is no educational prerequisite required to enter into a traineeship/apprenticeship, but usually you will have completed a minimum of Year 10.The formal qualification on completion of a traineeship/apprenticeship is Certificate III in Civil Construction (Bridge Construction). This is a nationally recognized qualification.

Employment Opportunities: There are job opportunities for Bridge Constructors on projects of varying sizes around the country – in cities and rural areas. Major employers include civil contracting firms, major development companies and local government. With more training and experience, you could be in line for promotion into a supervisory position such as leading hand or foreman.

Range of tasks performed in the occupation:

Bridge Constructors work with a variety of construction materials including concrete, steel and timber.

  • Traffic Control
  • Site preparation
  • Setting out
  • Earthworks
  • Installing bridge abutments, piers and decks
  • Constructing formwork to create shapes in concrete for concrete bridges
  • Repairing existing timber bridges
  • Installing bridge handrails
  • Using power and air tools
  • Operating large cranes and other machinery

 

Personal Requirements

To be successful in this occupation you should:

  • Enjoy practical and manual work
  • Be physically fit
  • Have good eyesight and coordination skills
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be able to work in a team environment
  • Be alert and observant