Ceiling fixers fit suspended ceilings in buildings to cover up pipework, wiring, and heating and air conditioning systems.
Salary Range: £16,000 to £33,000
How to become a ceiling fixer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take a college course, which may help you to get a trainee job. Courses include:
- Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
- Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could complete an interior systems installer intermediate apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could apply directly to work as a ceiling fixer. Employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and design and technology. Experience as a labourer or tradesperson is useful but not essential.
- you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
You can find out more about careers and training in construction from Go Construct.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of maths
- the ability to organise your time and workload
- physical fitness and endurance
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- have a good level of fitness
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- using hand and power tools and working from access platforms, ladders or scaffolding
- setting out, cutting and fixing aluminium frameworks
- checking frameworks are horizontal, using spirit, laser or water levels
- fitting ceiling panels to frameworks
- cutting and shaping panels to fit around lights and other fixtures
- fitting insulation materials into ceiling spaces before installing panels
- fitting partitioning, dry lining, or raised access flooring
You could work at a client’s home or on a construction site.
Your working environment may be cramped and at height.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could move into supervisory or site management.
You could set up your own business.