A steel erector assembles the metal framework of buildings and structures like bridges and tunnels.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may look for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent in subjects like English, maths, science and technology.
Equivalent work-based qualifications in construction or engineering, or site experience may also be helpful.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- the ability to follow engineering instructions and plans
- communication skills
- practical skills
3. What you'll do
You'll install and fix steel girders, pipework and beams that make up the framework of buildings and large structures.
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- guiding steel loads into position, following engineering instructions
- making sure steel sections are level
- bolting or welding steelwork together
- fixing hand rails and other safety features
- working from mobile high access platforms as the structure goes up
- dismantling steelwork on demolition jobs
You'll work on projects like office developments, factories, bridges and sports stadiums.
Starter: £14,000 to £20,000
Experienced: £21,000 to £28,000
Highly Experienced: £28,000 to £35,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work around 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You might do overtime to meet deadlines.
You'll mainly work outdoors and at height, and you'll need to be physically fit.
Your employer will provide you with personal safety equipment.
You may need a driving licence to drive between jobs.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a site supervisor or engineering technician, or move into related areas like welding, site health and safety or training.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017