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Building technician

Alternative titles for this job include

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

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

45 to 47 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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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:

  • construction
  • the built environment
  • surveying
  • civil engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma

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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 for Construction

Entry requirements

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

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The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:

  • Level 3 Building services design technician
  • Level 3 Surveying technician
  • Level 4 Construction design and build technician
  • Level 4 Construction site engineering technician

The exact apprenticeship you take will depend on your job role and duties.

Entry requirements

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

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Further information

You can get more advice on how to become a building technician from Go Construct.

What it takes

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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
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • estimate different costs for use in bids for contract tenders
  • negotiate with suppliers on the cost of materials, equipment and labour
  • check the quality of suppliers
  • help to plan the methods used in each construction stage
  • draft construction plans and blueprints using CAD software
  • monitor build progress against completion dates
  • report on progress at update meetings
  • prepare construction sites before work begins
  • supervise teams of contractors

Working environment

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

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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.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Civil Engineering Apprenticeship (Level 4)

  • Wage: £17,146.00 Annually
  • Location:

Design Co-ordinator Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £18,500.00 Annually
  • Location:

Courses In England

Foundation in construction design, surveying and planning

  • Start date: 06 September 2022
  • Location: Walsall

T Level Construction - Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction

  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Norwich

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