In Demand Construction Jobs in Victoria
Australia’s construction industry is showing strong signs of growth. This is especially true for New South Wales and Northern Territory, with large-scale civil and industrial projects providing employment for thousands of men and women. Some states are, however lagging behind in the recovery stakes. Queensland and Tasmania are struggling, and Victoria’s signs of construction recovery are labelled as “sparse and inconsistent” at best.
Forecasters at BCI economics note that despite the presence of large-scale civil and commercial projects, the Victorian construction industry looks – and will continue to look – sadly subdued. Growth, when or if it occurs, will be at a gradual and incremental rate.
This doesn’t mean that all is lost. Despite a lagging industry, Victoria is still hungry for construction workers. Most career opportunities can be found in the commercial sector, which is looking for experienced electricians, project managers, gasfitters and joiners.
As a project manager, you’ll be responsible for the entire operation of a construction project. You will survey the site, organise and co-ordinate all building materials and human resources, and interpret a variety of plans and formulae. Managers are required to inspect the site and ensure that it works in compliance with all OHS regulations and specificities.
If you’re interested in taking advantage of the dearth of project managers in the Victorian commercial sector, it’s important to be appropriately qualified. Look into completing a Diploma in Building and Construction Management at TAFE Victoria. It’s also possible to complete a Building and Construction Diploma at RMIT University, Melbourne.
Victoria is also looking for joiners and carpenters to assist in the commercial sector. To qualify, you need to complete a Certificate III IN Joinery at Victoria University. Here, you’ll learn how to use all the appropriate joinery and carpentry tools. You’ll also find out how to make important measurements and calculations; how to read plans and specs; and also how to conduct levelling operations. This particular course at VU can be completed on a part-time basis over a period of three years. It equips joiners for the demands of both residential and commercial projects.
Gasfitters and Plumbers
Here, you’ll be responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of pipes, roof sheets, gas appliances and anything related to the regulation of heat and water supply. You’ll work closely with the fitting of pipes, as well as flue and affluence. Most aspiring plumbers and gasfitters join apprenticeships to require all the necessary training. However, it’s also possible to boost your credibility though a pre-apprenticeship course. Victoria University offers a Certificate II in plumbing, in which you’ll get to learn all of the basics of gas fitting, as well as how to use the relevant plumbing tools.
All commercial building projects need experienced electricians. Aspiring electrical workers can also enter the industry through apprenticeships, or, as in the case of plumbers, complete a pre-apprenticeship course at Victoria University. The pre-vocational Certificate II in Electro-technology takes six months to complete, and can also be done on a part- or full-time basis.
If you’re really interested in contributing to Victoria’s construction industry, these careers will make sure that you experience plenty of on-the-job success.
Don’t forget that to get a job in any of these industries then you have to complete your safety induction training and get your white card in any state in Australia. The Victorian government have specific requirements for completing the white card so make sure you checkout our page which breaks up the rules state by state.