National course code: RII50520

Diploma of Civil Construction Design

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Overview About this course

Build your plant operations skills to contribute to exciting, large scale infrastructure projects as an earthmoving plant operator. Learn to confidently operate heavy machinery like rollers and tip trucks, and work as part of a team on a range of projects including roads, railways and airports.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Operate a small plant and equipment including excavators, loaders, dozers, graders, and rollers

  • Handle resources and infrastructure materials

  • Safely dispose of non-toxic materials

  • Identify, locate, and protect underground services

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience reviewing real construction plans, specifications and drawings

  • Industry networks with peers, colleagues and plant operations professionals

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

  • Accreditation to work as a trade qualified plant operator

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

  • That you hold a valid general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card)

  • Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship

  • This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in working outdoors and be involved with big machinery

  • Relevant employment or access to appropriate workplace environments to prove your skills

  • Intermediate level fitness to manage the physical demands of the role

  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multitask and respond well to rapid change

  • Experience in handling tools and equipment

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Civil Engineering Draftsperson

Civil Engineering Draftspersons prepare detailed drawings and plans for civil engineering work in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists.

  • Full-time share


  • Employment size

    1,800 workers

  • Average age

    40 years

  • Weekly pay


  • Average full-time

    41 hours

  • Skill level rating


  • Gender share

    16% female

  • Future growth

    Moderate Growth

Other jobs include: - Earthmoving plant operator, - Civil construction worker, - Excavator operator, - Front-end loader operator, - Mobile plant operator, - Grader operator, - Skid steer operator and - Haul truck operator


Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Visit the SafeWork website for more information.

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Civil Construction Design qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 Units of competency, including 15 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

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