Foundation Constructor / Career

Overview of Occupation

Income Bracket: $60,000 – $120,000+

Foundation Constructors construct underpinning and install various types of piles, anchors and ground support systems for bridges, buildings and other structures.

They also use techniques to stabilize unsuitable soil materials that may have the potential to affect any new or existing civil construction project.

Alternative Titles: Foundation Worker, Foundation Artisan

Education and Training: One path to becoming a skilled Foundation Constructor is through on the job training. You can also become a Foundation 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 (Foundation Work). This is a nationally recognized qualification.

Employment Opportunities: There are job opportunities for Foundation Constructors on projects of varying sizes around the country – in cities and rural areas. Major employers include civil contracting firms and major development companies. 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:

  • Carrying out measurements and calculations
  • Reading and interpreting plans and specifications
  • Setting out and constructing underpinning to support existing structures
  • Installing rock anchors as a support in poor ground conditions
  • Setting up the piling rig and driving piles for foundations
  • Installing primary ground support for stabilisation of embankments, tunnels and access shafts
  • Operating, cleaning and maintaining plant and machinery

Personal Requirements

To be successful in this occupation you should:

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