Road Constructor / Career

Overview of Occupation

Income Bracket: $60,000 – $110,000+

Road Constructors operate specialized plant and machinery to construct new roads and improve existing ones. The work is outdoors and requires physical fitness. Night shifts may be required.

Alternative Titles: Road Construction Worker, Construction Worker (Road Construction and Maintenance), Road Construction and Maintenance Artisan

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

Employment Opportunities: There are job opportunities for Road Constructors on projects of varying sizes around the country – in cities and rural areas. Major employers include civil contracting firms and local government authorities. 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:

Tasks may include:

  • Working from drawings and specifications under the direction of supervisors
  • Operating small plant and machinery
  • Installing drainage systems
  • Spreading and compacting materials
  • Levelling
  • Repairing potholes
  • Carrying out concrete work
  • Installing road barriers and signs
  • Traffic control through the construction area
  • Loading and unloading equipment
  • Cleaning the worksite

Personal Requirements

To be successful in this occupation you should:

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