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
- 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
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