Civil Construction Operators

There are a variety of roles in civil construction.

As a concrete pump operator, you operate plants to pump, cast and mould concrete. A sand blaster operates sandblasting machine to clean and grind metal products and other hard surfaces. A linemaker applies marking to roads and other surfaces. A paving plant operator spread and levels hot bitumen and concrete. A road roller operator prepares surfaces for roads, runways and car parks. 

As a railway track plant operator, which earns the highest average annual income as a machine operator, you lay, you align, repair and maintain railway tracks. 




  • Outdoor work 
  • No formal qualification required 
  • Physical work 

A typical day may involve:

  • reading drawings and plans
  • maintaining equipment
  • pouring, spraying and spreading concrete and other materials

It helps to be good at:

  • Using tools and machines 
  • Physical Tasks 
  • Communicating clearly

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III Concreting
  • Cert III Civil Construction Plant Operations
  • Cert II Rail Infrastructure
  • Cert III Rail Infrastructure
  • Apprenticeship

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining 
  • Government

Related Roles 

  • Earthmoving plant operator

  • Driller

  • Concreter


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