Building Design & Construction

Our building design and construction courses are highly regarded in the building industry. They’re designed to give you the practical skills, knowledge and qualifications to work at para-professional level in residential and commercial construction.

This means you can register with the Building Practitioners Board in Victoria, and work alongside and assist other building and design professionals at higher levels.

Our strong partnerships with organisations such as City of Greater Geelong give you the opportunity to work on live projects throughout the region. You are also exposed to international study experiences through our study tour program.

Scholarships are available for our building design and construction students

The Geelong Galvanizing Scholarship –  open to students enrolled in courses related to the galvanized steel industry, and The Shojun Concrete Scholarship – open to all students hoping to enter a career in the building industry. Go to Course/Industry Specific Scholarships to see if you are eligible.


Career outcomes

Salary range

Architectural draftsperson $39,748 - $76,143
Architect* $44,876 - $97,516
Building Contractor (registered builder) $42,195 - $129,861
Building site manager* $46,460 - $118,205

Source: payscale.com. Criteria based on Australian occupations AUD. Updated 21 May 2018.
*Career outcome following pathway from The Gordon to university. 
Note: salaries are a guide only, and are dependent on a range of factors including your experience, employer, and location. 

Short Courses
Pathways to University
Study Tour
Profiles and Testimonials

The Gordon and Geelong Cats  - Why did you decide to study Building design? 



"I chose to study at The Gordon because it has a great reputation. They provided a hands-on experience, covering all the core skills as if it were a job in the real world. I particularly enjoyed the collaboration with students and teachers about our personal building designs.
 
The course has allowed me to achieve my childhood dream and obtain a fantastic job at Hamlan Homes as an Architectural Design Draftsperson. This job is highly rewarding with a large portfolio of projects from standard to complex custom house designs, large unit developments, town planning designs, 3D client concepts, sketch plans, and unit subdivisions.
 
All of the skills learned at The Gordon have more than prepared me for the industry. The course gave me excellent problem-solving and time management skills, and the ability to deliver a high standard of work. The course definitely sets you up to be a quality building
designer who is highly employable."

 
Ryan Darling
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)
 

“I originally chose to study building design at The Gordon for my love of architecture and the direct link to Deakin. I really enjoyed the classroom environment with everyone working in a team, and the hands-on approach with the teachers. I also enjoyed the various site visits as well as using real sites and clients to complete our projects. 

The Gordon prepared me with a hands-on base, high level of construction knowledge and in-depth skills. After leaving The Gordon I enrolled into the Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) at Deakin, receiving 11 credit points and 18 months off my degree.

I've continued to work in the industry while at uni which has given me a real advantage and I would highly recommend this to future
students. I'm now working full-time as a project coordinator at Allmore Constructions.”

Jordan Caruana
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

 
Industry and Corporate Training

If you would like to book training for your organisation, please contact 5225 0800 to discuss your requirements.



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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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