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312 Building and Engineering Technicians

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

312 Building and Engineering Technicians

Building and Engineering Technicians perform tests and provide technical support to Construction Managers, Architects and Engineering Professionals in research, design, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, distribution systems and installations, and resource estimation and site inspection.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing, interpreting, inspecting and revising drawings, plans, diagrams, designs, maps and charts
  • performing complex computations and field and laboratory tests, and recording the results
  • installing, testing, repairing and modifying electrical, electronic and mechanical equipment
  • estimating quantities and costs of materials
  • inspecting buildings, plumbing work, machines, equipment, working conditions and public places to ensure compliance with relevant laws, standards and regulations
  • planning, scheduling, coordinating and monitoring maintenance of plant equipment
  • testing materials
  • overseeing the safety of mining operations and supervising Miners
Unit Group

3121 Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians

Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians perform technical functions to assist Construction Managers, Architects and Surveyors by supervising and inspecting construction sites, estimating time, costs and resources, inspecting plumbing work, and collecting and evaluating survey data and preparing maps and plans.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • assisting Construction Managers, Architects and Surveyors in planning and organisation
  • interpreting plans, regulations and codes of practice
  • preparing preliminary sketches, working drawings and specifications
  • preparing, editing and revising plans, maps, charts and drawings
  • coordinating works programs
  • inspecting work and materials for compliance with specifications, regulations and standards
  • calculating costs and estimating time scales
  • collecting data using surveying instruments and photogrammetric equipment
  • performing routine computations and plotting preliminary data

Occupations:

  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 312112 Building Associate
  • 312113 Building Inspector
  • 312114 Construction Estimator
  • 312115 Plumbing Inspector
  • 312116 Surveying or Spatial Science Technician
  • 312199 Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians nec

312111 Architectural Draftsperson

Alternative Title:

  • Architectural Associate

Completes Architects' concepts by preparing drawings and plans, and liaising with builders and contractors.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisation:

  • Building Drafting Officer

312112 Building Associate

Supervises construction sites, and organises and coordinates the material and human resources required. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Building Construction Supervisor
  • Clerk of Works

312113 Building Inspector

Alternative Titles:

  • Building Certifier
  • Building Surveyor

Inspects buildings to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and advises on building requirements. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisation:

  • Electrical Installation Inspector

312114 Construction Estimator

Alternative Title:

  • Building Estimator

Prepares and delivers estimates and cost plans for construction projects up to the tender settlement stage.

Skill Level: 2

312115 Plumbing Inspector

Inspects plumbing work to ensure compliance with relevant standards and regulations. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Drainage Inspector
  • Gas Plumbing Inspector
  • Sanitary Plumbing and Water Supply Inspector

312116 Surveying or Spatial Science Technician

Alternative Title:

  • GIS Technician

Collects, records and evaluates spatial information and prepares databases, maps, charts and plans in support of Surveyors, Cartographers or Other Spatial Scientists. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Aerial Survey Technician
  • Photogrammetrist

312199 Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians nec

This occupation group covers Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 2

Occupations in this group include:

  • Energy Assessor
  • Roof Truss Detailer
  • Structural Steel Detailer
Unit Group

3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in civil engineering research, design, construction, operations and maintenance.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing sketches, charts, tabulations, plans and designs for civil engineering works such as drainage, water supply, sewerage reticulation systems, roads, airports, dams, bridges and other structures
  • performing and directing fieldwork and laboratory testing
  • interpreting work assignment instructions, applying appropriate procedures and selecting equipment
  • collecting and analysing data, and carrying out computations
  • estimating material costs and ensuring finished works are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions
  • inspecting civil engineering works, and organising and supervising maintenance and repair work
  • conducting field and laboratory tests of construction materials and soils, and collecting data for traffic surveys

Occupations:

  • 312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312212 Civil Engineering Technician

312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson

Prepares detailed drawings and plans for civil engineering work in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Civil Engineering Design Draftsperson
  • Plumbing Engineering Draftsperson
  • Road Design Draftsperson
  • Sewage Reticulation Drafting Officer
  • Structural Engineering Drafting Officer

312212 Civil Engineering Technician

Conducts tests of construction materials, prepares sketches and tabulations, and assists in estimating costs in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Civil Engineering Assistant
  • Civil Laboratory Technician
  • Geotechnical Laboratory Technician
Unit Group

3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in electrical engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing drawings, plans and diagrams of electrical installations and circuitry
  • assisting Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in design and layout of electrical installations and circuitry on substations, switchgear, cabling systems and motor control systems
  • collecting data, performing tests and complex calculations, graphing results, and preparing charts and tabulations
  • estimating materials costs and quantities
  • inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications and regulations
  • assembling, installing, testing, calibrating, modifying and repairing electrical equipment and installations to conform with regulations and safety requirements
  • undertaking electrical workshop functions such as installing assemblies for protection relays, metering and indicating devices
  • assisting with research and experimentation programs

Occupations:

  • 312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312312 Electrical Engineering Technician

312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

Prepares detailed drawings and plans of electrical installations and circuitry in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Electrical Engineering Design Draftsperson
  • Electrical Engineering Detail Draftsperson
  • Electrical Engineering Drafting Officer
  • Relays Draftsperson
  • Substation Design Draftsperson

312312 Electrical Engineering Technician

Alternative Title:

  • Electrical Engineering Technical Officer

Conducts tests of electrical systems, prepares charts and tabulations, and assists in estimating costs in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Electrical Engineering Laboratory Technician
  • Electrical Instrument Technician
Unit Group

3124 Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in electronic engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and systems.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing drawings, modelling, plans and integration for electronic engineering and systems
  • developing, constructing and testing electronic equipment and associated circuitry in accordance with technical requirements
  • installing, testing, verification, repairing and modifying electronic equipment and recording and graphing results
  • estimating material costs and quantities
  • evaluating performance of equipment
  • inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications, drawings, contracts and regulations

Occupations:

  • 312411 Electronic Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312412 Electronic Engineering Technician

312411 Electronic Engineering Draftsperson

Prepares detailed drawings and plans of electronic engineering work in support of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Communications and Data Systems Drafting Officer
  • Control Systems Drafting Officer
  • Electronics Detail Draftsperson

312412 Electronic Engineering Technician

Conducts tests of electronic systems, collects and analyses data, and assembles circuitry in support of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Aircraft Electronics Technician
  • Combat Systems Technician
  • Communications Engineering Technician
  • Computer Numeric Control Technician
  • Digital Controls Technician
  • Flight Surveyor
  • Printed Circuit Board Designer
  • Process Control Technician
  • Telemetry Technician
Unit Group

3125 Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in mechanical engineering research, design, manufacture, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, manufacturing equipment, mechanical installations and facilities.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing drawings, plans and designs for mechanical engineering work under the direction of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists
  • assisting Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in the design of mechanical equipment and plant
  • selecting tools and equipment
  • assembling and installing new and modified mechanical assemblies, components, machine tools and controls, and hydraulic power systems
  • estimating material costs and quantities, and machine requirements
  • performing and directing field and laboratory tests
  • collecting and analysing data, carrying out complex computations and preparing diagrams
  • organising and supervising inspection and maintenance of machines and plant
  • ensuring that designs and finished work are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions

Occupations:

  • 312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312512 Mechanical Engineering Technician

312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

Prepares detailed drawings and plans of mechanical engineering work in support of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Airconditioning Drafting Officer
  • Heating and Ventilating Technical Officer
  • Tool Design Draftsperson
  • Tool Designer

312512 Mechanical Engineering Technician

Conducts tests of mechanical systems, collects and analyses data, and assembles and installs mechanical assemblies in support of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Boiler Testing Technician
  • Hydraulic Controls Technician
  • Mechanical Laboratory Technician
  • Pipe Testing Technician
Unit Group

3126 Safety Inspectors

Safety Inspectors inspect machines, equipment, working conditions and public places to ensure compliance with government and industry standards and regulations, in relation to occupational health and safety.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • examining equipment specifications, and inspecting and testing machines, equipment and clothing to ensure compliance with safety standards and serviceability
  • inspecting factories and other work sites to ensure compliance with government and industry standards and regulations
  • observing workers to ensure protective devices are being utilised according to regulations and that combustible and other hazardous materials are used and stored in accordance with approved procedures
  • conducting tests in work areas to detect toxic fumes, explosive gas-air mixtures and other work hazards
  • ensuring fire prevention equipment and other safety supplies, such as first aid kits, stretchers and blankets, conform to standards
  • assisting in conducting safety meetings and campaigns, and organising training in general safety principles in keeping with regulations
  • advising organisations on ways to comply with occupational health and safety legislative requirements
  • investigating incidents and fatalities, to determine causes and to collect evidence of non-compliance with occupational health and safety legislation

Occupation:

  • 312611 Safety Inspector

312611 Safety Inspector

Inspects machines, equipment, working conditions and public places to ensure compliance with government and industry standards and regulations, in relation to occupational health and safety. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Boilers and Pressure Vessels Inspector
  • Gas Examiner
  • Lifts and Cranes Inspector
  • Mines Inspector
  • Occupational Health and Safety Inspector
Unit Group

3129 Other Building and Engineering Technicians

This unit group covers Building and Engineering Technicians not elsewhere classified. It includes Maintenance Planners, Metallurgical or Materials Technicians, and Mine Deputies.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Occupations:

  • 312911 Maintenance Planner
  • 312912 Metallurgical or Materials Technician
  • 312913 Mine Deputy
  • 312914 Other Draftsperson
  • 312999 Building and Engineering Technicians nec

312911 Maintenance Planner

Alternative Titles:

  • Maintenance Scheduler
  • Shutdown Coordinator
  • Shutdown Planner

Develops maintenance planning strategies, and schedules, coordinates and monitors the maintenance of all plant equipment.

Skill Level: 2

312912 Metallurgical or Materials Technician

Tests techniques, procedures, applications of equipment and materials as part of processing and refining and/or research into metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Non-destructive Testing Technician
  • Petroleum Products Laboratory Technician
  • Petroleum Refinery Laboratory Technician
  • Pressure Testing Technician
  • Ultrasound Technician
  • Welding Engineering Technician

312913 Mine Deputy

Oversees the safety of mining operations and supervises Miners. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Mining Technician
  • Open Cut Examiner

312914 Other Draftsperson

Prepare detailed drawings, technical plans, maps, and illustrations to precise specifications. Registration or licensing may be required

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Aerospace Draftsperson
  • Architecture Technician
  • Mining Detail Draftsperson
  • Shipbuilding Draftsperson

312999 Building and Engineering Technicians nec

This occupation group covers Building and Engineering Technicians not elsewhere classified. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 2

Occupations in this group include:

  • Automation Technician
  • Biomedical Technician