Quantity surveyors and cost engineers provide advice to the construction industry on the financial and legal aspects of new constructions, and operation of existing buildings. They are involved in the construction process from the feasibility stage to post-completion, and they manage and administer construction costs and contracts for a variety of levels and types of construction. Tasks may include preparing cost plans and estimates, bills of quantities, tender appraisals, valuations, project audits, property taxation and life cycle cost advice.
Quantity surveyors and cost engineers work closely with other professionals including architects, financiers, project managers, engineers, contractors, suppliers, solicitors and with all levels of government.
Why choose this course?
Studies are offered in building management, cost planning and cost control, building development techniques, building research, computer software applications, measurement of construction and legal issues. There are opportunities for field trips, site visits, and practical and laboratory-based work and the flexible structure of the course allows you to choose a second major or group of minor units to match your career aspirations and personal goals and maximise employment opportunities.
As a quantity surveyor and cost engineer you will be employed predominantly on major building and construction projects as a consultant to the owner, in both the public and private sectors. You may find employment with consulting firms, local, state or federal government departments or authorities, and increasingly with building contractors, financiers, property developers, project managers and universities.
Quantity surveying and cost engineering is a specialist discipline within the construction industry. To become a quantity surveyor and cost engineer, apply for the Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Construction Management), QTAC code 412312. Your first year will provide you with important foundation units in construction. From second year you begin specialising in quantity surveying and cost engineering, and graduate with the degree Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering).
The course maintains various accreditations with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Work Integrated Learning
You are required to undertake 80 days of approved quantity surveying and cost engineering work experience as part of your Work Integrated Learning core unit.