Steel erector

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

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

47 to 49 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

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 qualification at college. This could help you to find a trainee job with a company when you finish.

Courses include:

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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You can get into this job through an engineering operative intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate 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.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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 use your initiative
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • be able to cope with working at height

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • guiding steel loads into position, following engineering instructions
  • making sure steel sections are level
  • bolting or welding steelwork together
  • fixing hand rails and other safety features
  • working from mobile high access platforms as the structure goes up
  • dismantling steelwork on demolition jobs

Working environment

You could work on a construction site.

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

You may need to wear safety clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a site supervisor or engineering technician, or move into related areas like welding, site health and safety or training.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Production Operative (Engineering)

  • Wage : £136.90 Weekly
  • Location: Ulverston LA12 9EE

Engineering Apprentice (Fixed Term 2 Year Contract)

  • Wage : £9,259.00 Annually
  • Location: Dartford DA1 2JT

Courses In England

Artificial Nail Structures

  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures) Diploma - Level 2 - C&G

  • Provider: Cheshire College South & West
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Crewe

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