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A steel erector assembles the metal framework of buildings and structures like bridges and tunnels.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

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.

Go Construct and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board have more information about becoming a steel erector.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • 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.

4. Salary

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: 13 September 2018