Engineering construction craftworker

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Engineering construction craftworkers fit and repair machinery and equipment on structures ranging from oil rigs to sports stadiums.

Salary Range: £18,000 to £30,000

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How to become an engineering construction craftworker

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed for the job. This may help you to find a trainee craft position with a company once you finish. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Operations
  • Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Practice

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could start by doing an engineering operative intermediate apprenticeship. The exact apprenticeship you do will depend on your area of work. Examples are:

  • welding
  • pipefitting
  • mechanical fitting
  • electrical installation

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 for craft jobs if you’ve got experience and qualifications from other areas of engineering, construction or the armed forces.

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Further information

You’ll find more advice about careers and training in craft engineering from the Engineering and Construction Industry Training Board and Tomorrow’s Engineers.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties will depend on your job. Roles you might work in include:

  • steel erecting – putting up and fixing the girders and sections that make up a structure
  • pipefitting – positioning, shaping and fixing pipework
  • welding – cutting, shaping and joining metal plates and pipework
  • plating – cutting, shaping, assembling and inspecting sheets of metal
  • mechanical fitting – assembling, installing and repairing machinery
  • electrotechnical installation – fitting, testing and repairing control panels, motors, valves and pumps.

Working environment

You could work on a rig, on a construction site or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and you’ll travel often.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a chargehand or supervisory management role.

With further training you could become an engineering technician.