Construction and trades

  • Acoustics consultant

    Acoustician, acoustics engineer

    Acoustics consultants help manage and control noise and vibrations in homes, workplaces and other environments.

  • Architect

    Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them, and work on the restoration and conservation of existing buildings.

  • Architectural technician

    Architectural technicians work closely with architectural teams on the design process of building projects.

  • Architectural technologist

    Building technologist

    Architectural technologists manage all stages of the technical design and planning process of building projects.

  • Boat builder

    Marine craftsperson, shipwright

    Boat builders build, repair and refit marine craft from small sailing boats to large sea-going vessels.

  • Bricklayer

    Mason, brickie

    Bricklayers build houses, repair walls and chimneys, and refurbish decorative stonework. They also work on restoration projects.

  • Builders' merchant

    Builders' merchants sell building and do-it-yourself products and materials to the building trade and the public.

  • Building control officer

    Building control surveyor

    Building control officers make sure building regulations are followed.

  • Building services engineer

    Building services engineers design, install and service equipment and systems in buildings like offices and shops.

  • Building site inspector

    Clerk of works, building site supervisor

    Building site inspectors check the quality and safety of construction work.

  • Building surveyor

    Building surveyors advise clients about the design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings.

  • Building technician

    Building technicians support engineers, surveyors and architects on construction projects.

  • Carpenter

    Joiner, bench joiner

    Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden structures, fittings and furniture.

  • Carpet fitter and floor layer

    Flooring fitter

    Carpet fitters and floor layers fit carpets and vinyl tiles, and lay laminate and solid timber floors.

  • Cavity insulation installer

    Cavity insulation installers fit insulation and soundproofing materials in buildings.

  • Ceiling fixer

    Ceiling fixers fit suspended ceilings in buildings to cover up pipework, wiring, and heating and air conditioning systems.

  • Civil engineer

    Engineering consultant

    Civil engineers design and manage construction projects, from bridges and buildings to transport links and sports stadiums.

  • Civil engineering technician

    Civil engineering technicians give technical support to engineers on construction projects.

  • Commercial energy assessor

    Commercial energy assessors test how energy-efficient commercial buildings are and produce Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates.

  • Construction contracts manager

    Construction contracts managers manage building contracts and construction costs.

  • Construction labourer

    Construction operative, groundworker

    Construction labourers prepare building and civil engineering sites and carry out manual jobs once work starts.

  • Construction manager

    Site manager

    Construction managers organise the work on building projects, making sure it's completed safely, within budget and on time.

  • Construction plant mechanic

    Construction plant mechanics make sure that heavy plant machinery like diggers and dumper trucks is well maintained and working safely.

  • Construction plant operator

    Construction plant operators work with machinery and equipment used on building sites.

  • Construction site supervisor

    Building site manager, site inspector, clerk of works

    Construction site supervisors manage staff and subcontractors on building sites.

  • Crane driver

    Crane operator

    Crane drivers operate lifting machinery on construction, quarrying and mining sites, at ports and in warehouses.

  • Demolition operative

    Demolition operatives dismantle buildings and structures, remove hazardous materials, and carry out salvage operations.

  • Domestic energy assessor

    Domestic energy assessors (DEAs) work out the energy efficiency of domestic buildings like houses and flats.

  • Drone pilot

    Unmanned aerial vehicle pilot, UAV pilot

    Drone pilots remotely operate aircraft used in work like surveying, filmmaking and aerial photography.

  • Dry liner

    Dry liners use plasterboard panels to build internal walls, suspended ceilings and raised flooring in houses, offices and shops.

  • Electrician

    Electrical fitter, electrical technician, installation electrician

    Electricians fit, service and fix electrical equipment, circuits, machinery and wiring.

  • Electricity distribution worker

    Transmission worker

    Electricity distribution workers maintain and repair the power lines that connect homes and businesses to the national grid.

  • Engineering construction craftworker

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

  • Engineering construction technician

    Engineering construction technicians install, service and repair machines and equipment in buildings, factories and industrial plants.

  • Estimator

    Cost engineer

    Estimators work out how much it will cost for a company to supply products and services to its clients.

  • Facilities manager

    Estates manager, support services manager, contracts manager

    Facilities managers oversee the operation and maintenance of building systems and services.

  • Fence installer

    Fencer

    Fence installers fit and repair fences and gates.

  • Gas mains layer

    Gas networks operative (main laying)

    Gas mains layers install and maintain the pipelines that supply homes and businesses with gas.

  • Gas service technician

    Gas installation engineer, gas maintenance engineer

    Gas service technicians install, service and repair gas appliances and heating systems.

  • General practice surveyor

    General practice surveyors are involved in the management, valuation, buying, selling and development of land and property.

  • Glazier

    Glass installer

    Glaziers install and repair glass in houses, hotels, offices and shops.

  • Heating and ventilation engineer

    Heating and ventilation engineers install and service heating and air conditioning in large buildings like factories, schools and hospitals.

  • Kitchen and bathroom fitter

    Kitchen and bathroom fitters install kitchens and bathroom suites in homes and businesses.

  • Land and property valuer and auctioneer

    Valuers and auctioneers advise individuals and businesses that buy, sell and rent land and property.

  • Land surveyor

    GIS surveyor, geomatics surveyor

    Land surveyors measure the shape of the land, and gather data for civil engineering and construction projects.

  • Landscaper

    Landscape gardener, landscape designer

    Landscapers create and maintain gardens, parks and other outdoor and indoor areas.

  • Mechanical engineering technician

    Mechanical maintenance technician

    Mechanical engineering technicians design, install and repair industrial plant machinery and parts.

  • Paint sprayer

    Car paint sprayer, vehicle paint sprayer, body shop worker, paint technician

    Paint sprayers apply coatings and protective finishes to cars, vans, motorbikes and other vehicles.

  • Painter and decorator

    Painters and decorators prepare and apply paint, wallpaper and finishes to different surfaces.

  • Pipe fitter

    Pipefitter

    Pipe fitters install industrial pipework, valves and pumps in factories, commercial premises and large buildings like power stations.

  • Planning and development surveyor

    Planning and development surveyors assess, design and manage development projects in towns, cities and rural areas.

  • Plasterer

    Plasterers prepare walls and ceilings for decoration and finishing.

  • Plumber

    Plumbers fit and service hot and cold water systems, heating systems and drainage networks.

  • Quantity surveyor

    Quantity surveyors oversee construction projects, managing risks and controlling costs.

  • Quarry engineer

    Mining engineer

    Quarry engineers explore new sites, oversee extraction operations and manage sites at the end of their commercial life.

  • Quarry worker

    Quarry operative, opencast mine worker, opencast miner

    Quarry workers dig out and process rock, slate, gravel and sand from quarries or mines.

  • Refrigeration and air-conditioning installer

    Air-con engineer, HVAC engineer

    Refrigeration and air-conditioning installers work on air quality and cooling systems in buildings and transport.

  • Road worker

    Road construction operative, highways operative

    Road workers build and repair roads and motorways.

  • Roofer

    Slater, flat roofer

    Roofers re-slate and tile roofs, fit skylight windows and replace lead sheeting and cladding.

  • Rural surveyor

    Agricultural surveyor

    Rural surveyors value the assets of farms and estates, advise clients on legal and tax issues, and plan and develop land use.

  • Scaffolder

    Scaffolders put up and take down scaffolding on buildings that allows workers to work safely at height.

  • Shopfitter

    Shopfitters make and install fixtures and fittings in offices, restaurants, shops and bars.

  • Steel erector

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

  • Steel fixer

    Steel fixers install and tie together the steel bars and mesh used to strengthen concrete on construction projects.

  • Steeplejack

    Lightning conductor engineer

    Steeplejacks carry out repairs on buildings and structures to make them safe.

  • Stonemason

    Stonemasons carve blocks of stone, and lay and fit stonework into place on construction projects.

  • Structural engineer

    Structural engineers help to design and build large structures and buildings, like hospitals, sports stadiums and bridges.

  • Technical surveyor

    Surveying technician

    Technical surveyors carry out tasks to support chartered surveyors, architects and engineers.

  • Thatcher

    Thatchers use traditional craft skills, materials and tools to replace and repair thatched roofs.

  • Thermal insulation engineer

    Pipework lagger

    Thermal insulation engineers install insulating materials around pipes, boilers and ductwork in factories and buildings.

  • Tiler

    Wall tiler, floor tiler, ceramic tiler

    Tilers tile walls and floors in kitchens, bathrooms, shops, hotels and restaurants.

  • Town planner

    Spatial planner, planner, urban designer, planning officer

    Town planners help shape the way towns and cities develop, and balance the demands on land with the needs of the community.

  • Town planning assistant

    Town planning technician

    Town planning assistants process applications, give advice about regulations and carry out design work and office administration.

  • Water network operative

    Distribution technician, leakage operative, network service technician

    Water network operatives look after the pipes, mains and pumping stations that supply homes and businesses with water.

  • Welder

    Pipe welder, MIG welder, TIG welder, boilermaker

    Welders work in different industries, cutting, shaping and joining sections of metal plate and pipes.

  • Window fitter

    Window fitters install windows, conservatories and glazed curtain walls in homes and businesses.

  • Wood machinist

    Wood machinists cut and prepare timber.