Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Hydraulic Design Consultant

As a Specialist Hydraulic Design Consultant, your role involves designing plumbing and services systems for residential and commercial buildings.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 31 required

  • Produce simple word processed documents
  • Create and use spreadsheets
  • Create and use databases
  • Write complex documents
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Apply codes and standards to building trade and services contracting
  • Produce 2-D architectural drawings using CAD software
  • Prepare simple sketches and drawings
  • Design complex sanitary plumbing and drainage systems
  • Design complex cold water systems
  • Design complex stormwater and roof drainage systems
  • Design complex (non-solar) heated water systems
  • Design and size sanitary drainage systems
  • Design and size stormwater drainage systems
  • Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
  • Design residential and domestic fire sprinkler systems
  • Design and size consumer gas installations
  • Design gas bulk storage systems
  • Design industrial gas systems
  • Design gas reticulation systems
  • Design solar water heating systems
  • Conduct a water audit and identify water-saving initiatives
  • Design grey water re-use systems
  • Design rainwater collection, storage, distribution and re-use systems
  • Design trade waste pre-treatment systems
  • Design pump systems
  • Design siphonic stormwater drainage systems
  • Design and size sanitary plumbing systems
  • Design and size heated and cold water services and systems
  • Define scope and hazard level of fire systems design projects
  • Create detailed designs for hydrant and hose reel systems

Elective Units – 3 required

  • Design sewer infrastructure systems
  • Design fire sprinkler systems
  • Design air conditioning and ventilation systems

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Construction, Plumbing and Services

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Building & Construction

Work Type
Analytic & Scientific
Practical & Manual

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 18/19: 20380

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 3/07/2020. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information and More Details

Hydraulic Design Consultant - CPC50612
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classification * T
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship

T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship

* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.


Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 24/06/2020, rounded estimates for Jan 2019 to Dec 2019. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 312999

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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