An engineering and asset management career with Local Government is engaging and challenging.
Councils design, build and manage a vast number of assets across Australia. We’re continuously monitoring these assets to ensure they serve the community today, and are sustainable and adaptable for the future.
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
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
Read here why Victor enjoys working in Asset Management at council.
Many of these roles require engineering qualifications. Whilst Civil and Design engineers are most commonly sought, councils often require the skills of a wide range of engineers including:
- 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)
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):
Heavy Vehicle Mechanic
Vocational education and training (VET) required will vary according to the role, but more typical trade qualifications sought by councils are:
- Certificate III in Civil Construction (Plant Operations)
- Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance)
- Certificate III in Carpentry
- Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
- Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
- Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
- Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
- Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication
- Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical
- Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
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
- Certificate II in Civil Construction
Most 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/
Wastewater Trainee Operator/
Trade Waste Operator
Pump Station Maintenance Operator
Technical Officer (Water and Sewer)
Essential Services Officer
Tertiary qualifications in engineering are usually required of managers. Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications are appropriate for water operators, team leaders and supervisors.
- Certificate II, III, IV in Water Industry Operations
- Diploma of Water Industry Operations
Read here how Ken and his team take care of one of councils most precious resources.
Some current Engineering & Asset Management vacancies
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The scale and diversity of work on offer in Local Government is impressive as is the direct and positive impact this work has on the communities we serve.
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