Building technicians support engineers, surveyors and architects on construction projects.
Salary Range: £19,000 to £35,000
How to become a building technician
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You could take a foundation degree or higher national diploma in:
- the built environment
- civil engineering
You’ll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You can do a college course, which may help you to get a job as a trainee technician. Courses include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
- T level in Design, Surveying and Planning
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You can get into this job by completing an advanced apprenticeship in construction, surveying or building services design.
You can also do a construction engineering technician or a design and build technician higher apprenticeship.
The exact apprenticeship you take will depend on your job role and duties.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
- you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
You can get more advice on how to become a building technician from Go Construct.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of building and construction
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- thinking and reasoning skills
- customer service skills
- analytical thinking skills
- maths knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
What you’ll do
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
You could work on a construction site or in an office.
Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
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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