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Engineering construction craftworker

Alternative titles for this job include

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

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter

to

£33,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become

How to become an engineering construction craftworker

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could do a college course, which 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
  • T level in Building Services Engineering

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
  • 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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Apprenticeship

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

  • 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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Registration

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.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • 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 work well with your hands
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties will depend on your job but you could:

  • fix girders and sections into place on construction projects
  • position and install pipes and ductwork
  • cut and weld metal plates and pipes
  • install heating and water systems in industrial and commercial buildings
  • cut, shape and assemble metal sheets and panels
  • service and repair machinery and tools
  • fit, test and repair electrical 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.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

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

With further training, you could become a construction engineering or building services technician.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Mechanical Installer Apprentice (Operative)

  • Wage: £220.00 Weekly
  • Location: St. Columb

Engineer Apprentice

  • Wage: £180.00 Weekly
  • Location: Pershore

Courses In England

Engineering

  • Provider: BEXHILL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Bexhill on Sea

Engineering

  • Provider: HAVANT AND SOUTH DOWNS COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Waterlooville

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