Building technician

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 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 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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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You can get into this job by completing an advanced apprenticeship in construction, surveying or building services design. You can also do a construction engineering technician higher apprenticeship.

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), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a higher or a 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

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • customer service skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your duties day-to-day tasks may include:

  • estimating different costs for use in bids for contract tenders
  • negotiating with suppliers on the cost of materials, equipment and labour
  • checking the quality of suppliers
  • helping to plan the methods used in each construction stage
  • drafting construction plans and blueprints using CAD software
  • monitoring build progress against completion dates
  • reporting on progress at update meetings
  • preparing construction sites before work begins
  • supervising 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

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

(TS) Apprentice Surveying Technician

  • Wage : £136.90 Weekly
  • Location: Oldbury B69 3ES

Site Technician Apprentice

  • Wage : £168.00 - £313.20 Weekly
  • Location: Eastbourne BN20 9QX

Courses In England


  • Provider: EXETER COLLEGE
  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: EXETER

Edexcel Extended Diploma in Construction

  • Start date: 07 January 2019
  • Location: Welwyn Garden City

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