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Engineering construction craftworker

Engineering construction craftworkers fit and repair machinery and equipment on structures like oil rigs and sports stadiums.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship. The Engineering Construction Training Board (ECITB) has details on engineering apprenticeships.

You may have an advantage if you have previous experience in engineering or construction, like pipefitting or welding.

You could also do a college course which would teach you some of the skills needed for the job, and may help you to find a trainee craft position with a company. 

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • teamworking skills
  • excellent maths and IT skills
  • the ability to work at height (for some jobs)

3. What you'll do

You may specialise in:

  • steel erecting – putting up and fixing the girders and sections that make up a structure
  • pipefitting – positioning, shaping and fixing pipework
  • welding – cutting, shaping and joining metal plates and pipework
  • plating – cutting, shaping, assembling and inspecting sheets of metal
  • mechanical fitting – assembling, installing and repairing machinery
  • electrotechnical installation – fitting, testing and repairing control panels, motors, valves and pumps.

You’ll use hand and power tools to carry out tasks, and will be expected to follow strict health and safety guidelines at all times.

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £22,000

Experienced: £23,000 to £28,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, but this could vary depending on your role. Your could work in a range of places, like a fabrication workshop, construction site or offshore rig. On an offshore rig, you’re likely to work 12-hour shifts over a 2-week period, followed by 2 to 3 weeks' shore leave.

You may be away from home for several weeks or months at a time. The work can be physically demanding.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a chargehand or supervisory management role.

With further training you could become an engineering technician.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016