Revit Drafters/Modellers – The demand for Revit Drafters and Modellers remains strong across both mechanical and structural engineering as BIM becomes further integrated into projects.
Structural Engineers – Experienced mid to senior level Structural Engineers are sought to work on commercial and residential building projects. There is a shortage of high quality candidates in these areas.
Tunnelling Engineers/Drafters – Multi-billion dollar tunnel projects in both Sydney and Melbourne have created demand for Cut and Cover, and TBM Tunnelling experts.
Civil Designers – Civil Designers, especially those with 12d Model software skills, are currently in strong demand to design roads.
Project Managers – There is high demand for Project Managers with a civil engineering background across water infrastructure projects. They are particularly sought after to work at regional locations in South Australia where many federally-funded projects are being undertaken.
Hydraulic professionals – Trade or degree-qualified professionals who can model using Revit software are in short supply at present in South Australia.
Traffic & Transport Engineers – Due to an ongoing skills shortage in this field, experienced Traffic Engineers are sought in Western Australia to undertake shorter term or project-focused assignments within local government.
Asset Management Engineers – As local government budgets have tightened, Asset Management professionals are required to manage the ongoing maintenance of civil infrastructure in the sector.
Principal Environmental Consultants – Consultants with strong business development skills and networks within the Western Australian market are highly sought after as consultancies are currently not able to rely on large contracts within the resources industry.
Senior Civil Engineer (Land Development) – With the steady growth in the property market, small to medium-sized consultancies are looking to engage more senior candidates with extensive local experience, knowledge and contacts to grow their businesses.
There are currently a large number of projects underway in New South Wales which are generating opportunities for candidates, allowing them to choose roles and command higher rates and salaries.
In South Australia we expect this year to be a far better year than 2014, with demand from consultancies set to increase. Activity in the eastern states picked up earlier than in South Australia, and skills shortages are now emerging again.