Ceiling fixer

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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

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How to become a ceiling fixer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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College

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

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

You could complete an interior systems installer intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

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.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in construction from Go Construct.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • 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
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

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.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into supervisory or site management. 

You could set up your own business.