Engineering

Local Government Engineer

Local government engineers plan and manage maintenance and construction projects, such as roads or dams, within their local government area.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Local Government Engineer do?

Local government engineers plan and manage maintenance and construction projects, such as roads or dams, within their local government area.

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Work activities

As a local government engineer, you would:

  • plan and design projects, with a team of experts, to meet requirements
  • use computer modelling software to analyse surveying, mapping or shadowing data
  • create blueprints using CAD (computer aided design) software
  • complete feasibility studies for projects, taking into account costs, timings and labour needed
  • undertake or commission environmental impact studies for relevant projects
  • overseeing construction sites and manage projects as they progress
  • ensure construction meets all legal, and health and safety requirements.

Depending on the size of your local government area, you may specialise in one type of engineering, such as structural, transportation or civil engineering.

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Key skills and interests

To become a local government engineer, you would need:

  • engineering interest and expertise
  • project management skills
  • good teamwork and communication skills
  • an ability to explains plans, blueprints or designs
  • strong maths, science and IT skills
  • to be able to analyse large amounts of data
  • good decision-making ability.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a local government engineer you would work a standard number of hours per week. You may also be on-call outside your normal hours, to cover any problems.

Conditions

You would be based in an office but would also spend time on site, developing, managing and overseeing projects. Site work would be outside, in all types of weather.

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How to become an Local Government Engineer?

Entry Level Education

To become a local government engineer you usually have to complete a degree in engineering at university with a major in civil engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Students may be eligible to join Engineers Australia as student members. Upon graduation, after providing a certified copy of their degree, they may apply for graduate membership.

www.engineersaustralia.org.au

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

As infrastructure continues to age, civil engineers will be needed to manage projects to rebuild bridges, repair roads, and upgrade dams and associated water supply systems.

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