Careers at Council
Engineering & Asset Management
An engineering and asset management career with Local Government is diverse and exciting.
From developing civil engineering projects such as roads, airports and water supply systems to working on environmentally friendly recycling solutions, construction methods and quality standards, you’ll be responsible for designing and managing the local infrastructure within your community.
As well as managing assets, the on-going maintenance of our local infrastructure is vital.
The scope of work on offer in this area reflects the diversity of the assets that Local Government looks after.
What we do:
- Design and develop civil engineering projects
- Evaluate and report on the environmental implications of projects
- Determine construction methods, materials and quality standards
- Draft and interpret specifications, drawings, plans, construction methods and procedures
- Improve traffic flow and safety
- Provide new sporting facilities
- Design environmentally friendly recycling programs, manage rainwater runoff
- Manage the Council’s heavy vehicles fleet and light fleet
- Stores management, design spatial data storage systems
Types of roles:
Director Infrastructure Services
General Manager Operations
Team Leader Strategic Infrastructure Planning
Manager – Asset Strategy
Strategic Asset Management Officer/Coordinator
Asset Surveillance Officer
Project Manager Asset Information System
Asset Inspector/Works Inspector
Civil and Open Space Asset Strategist
Asset Maintenance Officer/Coordinator
Many of the roles listed above require engineering qualifications. Whilst Civil and Design engineers are most commonly sought, councils often require the skills of a wide range of engineers such as:
- Civil Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Development Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Hydraulic Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Structural Engineer
- Traffic Engineer
- Transport Asset Engineer
- Waste Engineer
- Environmental Engineer
- Water Engineer
- Drainage Engineer
- Cadet Engineer
Educational requirements will vary according to the role but a degree qualification in the relevant field of Engineering is usually required. Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications relevant for more junior asset management roles include:
- Diploma of Property Services (Asset and Facility Management)
Asset Construction and Maintenance
Our enormous number of roads, footpaths, bridges, cycle ways and buildings require construction and ongoing maintenance. While councils sometimes contract these services to private operators, they also employ specialist staff to carry out this work.
Types of roles (requiring trade qualifications):
General Manager Operations
Vocational education and training (VET) required will vary according to the role, but more typical trade qualifications sought by councils are:
- Certificate III Automotive Technician – Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
- Certificate III Automotive Technician – Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
- Certificate III Engineering – Mechanical
- Certificate III Engineering – Fabrication
- Certificate III Concreting
- Certificate III Electrotechnology – Electrician
- Certificate III Painting and Decorating
- Certificate III Plumbing
Types of non-trades roles:
Some of the roles listed below may require licenses or tickets for employment (e.g. Driver’s Licence, Work in Confined Spaces, Excavator Licence) but many don’t generally require a formal qualification.
Civil Works Labourer/Operator
Bob Cat Operator
Educational requirements will vary according to the role but vocational education and training (VET) qualifications relevant for entry-level and operator level positions include:
- Certificate II, III, IV in Local Government (Operational Works)
- Certificate II in Civil Construction
Note: Some of these roles may require licences or tickets for employment (e.g. Driver’s Licence, Work in Confined Spaces, Excavator licence)
Water and Wastewater
Some councils in regional NSW and Queensland, employ staff with responsibility for maintaining safe drinking water and providing sewerage services to their local communities.
Their roles involve monitoring water quality, testing wastewater, chemical dosing, repairing and maintaining pipelines and responding to water problems.
Types of roles:
Water Treatment Plant Operator
Trade Waste Operator
Pump Station Maintenance Operator
(Water and Sewer)
Essential Services Officer
Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications relevant for entry-level. Operator and supervisory level positions include:
- Certificate II, III, IV in Water Industry Operations
- Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment
- Diploma of Water Industry Operations
Some current Engineering & Asset Management vacancies
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For more information about VET courses and training providers visit My Skills.