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Building technician

Building technicians support engineers, surveyors and architects on construction projects.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship. You could also take a diploma, HND or degree in a subject like construction, the built environment, surveying or civil engineering.

Visit the CITB for more information about careers in construction.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • IT skills to use computer aided design (CAD) and other software
  • organisational skills
  • attention to detail

3. What you'll do

Building technician is a broad role. Your duties day-to-day tasks may include:

  • estimating different costs for use in bids for contract tenders
  • negotiating with suppliers on the cost of materials, equipment and labour
  • checking the quality of suppliers
  • helping to plan the methods used in each construction stage
  • drafting construction plans and blueprints using CAD software
  • monitoring build progress against completion dates
  • reporting on progress at update meetings
  • preparing construction sites before work begins
  • supervising teams of contractors
  • keeping up to date on construction methods and materials

You'll follow health and safety guidelines and building regulations.

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £22,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll work 40 hours a week Monday to Friday.

You'll usually work in an office but make site visits to oversee building preparations and supervise contractors.

You'll wear protective clothing on site.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could move into construction project management or specialise in estimating, CAD drafting or buying.

You could find work with national and international building firms and contractors, central and local government, and organisations that do their own construction work, like utility companies, major retailers and the NHS.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016