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Steel erector

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Steel erectors assemble the beams and girders that support the structure of buildings, stadiums, bridges and tunnels.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

47 to 49 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become

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How to become a steel erector

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could take a construction or engineering course at college. This could help you to find a trainee job with a building company.

Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Award in Skills for Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You can get into this job by doing a:

  • structural steelwork erector intermediate apprenticeship
  • engineering construction erector-rigger advanced apprenticeship

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs if you have relevant experience and qualifications in construction or engineering.

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Career tips

You'll have an advantage if you've got a powered access licence to work with mobile elevated platforms.

Further information

You can get more details about working and training as a steel erector from Go Construct and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • physical skills like movement and coordination
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • be able to cope with working at height

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you'll:

  • follow instructions on engineering plans
  • guide steel loads that are being lifted into position
  • make sure steel sections and beams are level
  • bolt or weld steelwork together
  • fix metal decking into place
  • attach and check handrails and other safety features
  • operate and work from mobile high access platforms
  • dismantle steelwork on demolition jobs

Working environment

You could work on high rise buildings, on other structures or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be at height, physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers, noisy and cramped.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

As an experienced steel erector, you could become a site safety supervisor or engineering technician, or move into related areas like welding, scaffolding or training.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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