Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians includes jobs like Roof Truss Detailer, and Structural Steel Detailer.
Assists Construction Managers, Architects and Surveyors in planning and organisation.
Interprets plans, regulations and codes of practice.
Prepares preliminary sketches, working drawings and specifications.
Prepares, edits and revises plans, maps, charts and drawings.
Co-ordinates work programs.
Inspects work and materials for compliance with specifications, regulations and standards.
Calculates costs and estimates time scales.
Collects data using surveying instruments and photogrammetric equipment.
Performs routine computations and plots preliminary data.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 75% of people employed as Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 9 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians work in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Around 60% of Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians is 39 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 32% of the workforce. This is 16 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Other Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||6.8||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||7.1||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Using maths to solve problems.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
52%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
52%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
50%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
45%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Teaching people how to do something.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
32%Management of material resources
Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
81%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
71%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
67%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
56%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
52%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
48%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
44%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
44%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
34%History and archeology
Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.
33%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
32%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
28%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
24%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
57%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Communicate by speaking.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
See details that are far away.
50%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
73%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
70%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
68%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
66%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
64%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
59%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
58%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
58%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
56%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
56%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
53%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
52%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
52%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
52%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
51%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
48%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
46%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
46%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
45%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Use electronic mail.
95%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
87%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
85%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Work with people in a group or team.
81%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
80%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
79%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
74%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
73%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
69%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Work to strict deadlines.
69%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
66%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
62%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
62%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
60%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
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