A 360 excavator operator controls a large digging machine which sits on a rotating base, allowing them to pick up large amounts of earth or other materials, and move them anywhere within the vehicle’s radius. 360 excavator operators use these machines to clear ground for new developments such as housing or roads and may also dig foundations.
3D visualisers bring architects’ ideas to life, taking plans, architectural illustrations and other reference materials and using these to produce photo-realistic 3D images or animations of proposed buildings and developments. As a 3D visualiser, you’ll need to be both creative and technically-minded, in order to model prospective buildings that will both function well and look good.
Access floorers install raised floor systems using specialist tools and techniques. This could include any project that requires raised floorings – from houses to nightclubs, and airports to offices.
Accounting and finance staff keep track of the money that comes in and goes out of a business. As an accountant, you could be preparing financial records to present for audit, overseeing tax and VAT submissions, and wages. Many accountants work across a range of different industries, whilst others specialise in a particular sector.
Accounts assistants help keep track of the money that comes in and goes out of a business. As an accounts assistant, you would be providing accounting and administrative support to accounting and finance staff to ensure customer and supplier accounts are accurate; receiving, processing and filing paperwork; and managing petty cash transactions.
Administrators support the smooth running of offices by carrying out clerical tasks and projects. As an administrator in the construction industry, you could be organising project meetings. You’d be typing up documents, responding to business enquiries, drawing up contracts and providing customer service. You are likely to be processing lots of information using a computer, so you’ll need strong IT skills. Excellent communication skills are also important, to ensure the office operates efficiently. There is huge scope for career progression as an administrator, in a variety of settings.
Archaeologists increase our understanding of the human past by uncovering and protecting remains and artefacts. These are often uncovered on construction sites and archaeologists ensure they are preserved and can be added to the Historic Environment Records. As an archaeologist, you’d be involved during project planning. You could conduct initial research and exploratory excavations before construction starts to protect our cultural heritage.
Architects creatively shape our environment by designing the buildings and spaces around us. They bring new structures to life and restore or renovate existing ones. Architects collaborate with others to ensure that designs are fit for purpose and safe, whether they’re working on individual buildings or large developments.
Architectural technicians specialise in presenting building designs using technology. They provide technical guidance to clients and liaise with construction design teams to bring new structures to life. As an architectural technician, you’d be working with architects to help develop building models, ahead of construction taking place.
Architectural Technology is the technology of architecture: a creative, innovative design discipline rooted in science and engineering.
Asbestos removal operatives safely remove materials found to contain asbestos. Asbestos is a mix of minerals made from microscopic fibres, traditionally used for insulation. It is now banned in the UK due to health risks but is still present in many buildings. As renovations are carried out, trained asbestos removal operatives will continue to be in demand.
Asbestos surveyors inspect buildings and collect samples to determine the presence of asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral-based fibre which was once widely used for insulation, but is now banned due to health risks. Asbestos surveyors carry out tests and may recommend professional removal of dangerous materials before renovations or demolitions are carried out.
Asset managers manage and monitor a company’s assets. This could include property, money, stocks, shares and bonds, commodities, equities and other financial products. As an asset manager, you’d aim to maximise your employer’s return on investment. You’d ensure that their projects improve income and financial stability.
Banksmen/signallers are responsible for directing the movement of vehicles and plant on or around a site. As a signaller, you’d be critical to on-site health and safety. Slinger signallers also have a role within factories, where modular buildings are constructed.
Bathroom fitters install all aspects of bathrooms including showers, baths, sinks, toilets and storage units. Many bathroom fitters work as a team, made up of specialists. So you could be removing old units, fitting new ones, laying floors, plastering or tiling walls, painting and decorating, plumbing or even doing electrical work.
Bedroom fitters install bedroom furniture, including flat packs and bespoke build units. You could be creating in-built wardrobes and storage units to transform a room or help your clients to make better use of their space.
A bid manager is responsible for preparing and writing the detailed commercial documents, such as pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) and tenders, that companies submit to win new contracts. It is a very important position within an organisation as it requires excellent organisational skills and is crucial for companies to win new contracts.
Building information modelling (BIM) managers act as the intermediary between designers, clients and architects. As a BIM manager, you will oversee the production of detailed architectural plans, components and materials for construction projects.
BIM (Building Information Modelling) technicians use computer technology to pull all the information about a construction project into one design. As a BIM technician, you’d use CAD (Computer-Aided Design) programmes to accurately model a project in multiple dimensions. As well as detailing architectural plans, components, materials and build procedures, you’ll include information about how the structure will operate and be maintained.
Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone and concrete blocks in mortar. They construct, extend and repair domestic and commercial buildings, and other structures such as foundations, walls, chimneys or decorative masonry work. Bricklaying offers a real sense of achievement. At the end of a project, you’ll see the results and be able to say, ‘I built that’.
A building control surveyor ensures that building regulations are followed on new build sites and projects. They may also be required to survey damaged or unstable structures to determine whether they can be repaired safely or need to be demolished.
Building envelope specialists install and repair non-structural coverings to buildings using a variety of materials such as wood, glass and metal. Building envelope design is a specialised area of architectural and engineering practice that draws from all areas of building science and indoor climate control.
Building services engineers install, maintain, and often design the systems that make buildings safe, convenient and comfortable. As a building services engineer, you could be installing or servicing equipment in buildings such as offices, hospitals or shopping centres.
Building services engineering technicians help engineers design, plan and install electrical and mechanical systems within buildings.
A building surveyor is responsible for advising clients about the design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings. They survey buildings and then report on their findings and make recommendations.
Building technicians assist with essential tasks around construction projects and building works. As a building technician, you could be overseeing a range of tasks, from monitoring build progress, to negotiating with suppliers, preparing site plans and estimating costs.
Business development managers are responsible for driving business growth within a company. They develop a network of contacts to attract new clients, research new market opportunities and oversee growth projects, making sales projections and forecasting revenue, in line with projected income.
Buyers in the construction industry procure all the materials required for building projects and ensure they are provided on time and within allocated budgets. They play a vital role, as they ensure the profitability of business contracts, by purchasing the most cost-effective and appropriate materials for each job.
Computer-aided design (CAD) operators use computer software to produce 2D and 3D drawings for construction and manufacturing projects. As a CAD operator, you may be designing buildings, machinery or component parts. You’d be taking complex information and using it to produce technical building diagrams for architects, engineers and other construction workers.
Carpentry is one of the oldest construction trades and is in high demand. Carpenters use natural materials (wood/timber) to install wooden fixtures and fittings. As a carpenter you could be installing doors, floors and furniture in new builds, renovating or refitting existing structures, building sets for film and theatre companies and much more.
Cavity insulation installers fit insulation materials into buildings, such as damp proofing, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. Their work helps buildings to retain their heat and be more energy efficient. The role involves checking a property’s suitability for cavity-wall insulation and recommending the best type to use.
Ceiling fixers install suspended ceilings and hide and protect unsightly materials such as wiring, pipework, heating and air-conditioning systems. They play a key role in transforming residential, commercial and industrial projects, or may specialise in renovations or maintaining heritage buildings.
Chimney engineers install and maintain chimney and flue systems in accordance with current building legislation and regulations. As a chimney engineer, you will need to follow strict health and safety guidelines, as you may be working at height, with the support of a harness and protective gear.
Civil engineers plan, design and manage large construction projects. This could include bridges, buildings, transport links and other major structures. They use computer modelling software and data from surveys, tests and maps to create project blueprints. These plans advise contractors on the best course of action and help minimise environmental impact and risk.
Civil engineering technicians give technical support to engineers on construction projects. They tend to specialise in one area of civil engineering, such as design, planning or logistics and may be involved in projects ranging from building bridges, to widening roads, or creating new infrastructure.
A clerk of works inspects the workmanship, quality and safety of work on construction sites and reports back to senior managers and clients. As a clerk of work, you’d be conducting regular site inspections and checking that building plans are being followed correctly. You’d check that work is being carried out to the correct specifications and legal, safety and environmental standards.
Commercial managers are responsible for the budget and keep on top of all the costs involved in large-scale construction projects. They source the services and resources needed, negotiating costs with other suppliers. They oversee projects and monitor plans to ensure deadlines are met, projects stay within budget and work is up to standard.
Compliance managers ensure that a business, its employees and its projects comply with all relevant regulations and specifications. This could include health and safety, environmental, legal or quality standards, as well as any ethical policies the company may have.
Concrete finishers spread and level poured concrete to create smooth finishes for surfaces like roads, pavements, floors and curbs, using a variety of specialist equipment. As a concrete finisher, you may also use forms (moulds) to create concrete blocks for building projects.
Construction directors are responsible for monitoring work on building projects. They ensure jobs are completed on time and within budget, to the standard expected of your company. Construction directors manage schedules of work and delegate tasks to senior colleagues and their teams, to ensure that each phase of the build is completed as planned.
Construction managers are responsible for the practical management and planning of every stage of a construction project. They ensure building projects are completed safely, within budget and on time. As a construction manager, you’d oversee schedules of work and delegate tasks to your team to ensure that each phase of a build goes to plan.
Construction team leaders work in supervisory roles and are generally in charge of a team working on a construction project. As a construction team leader, you may specialise in overseeing a particular area of construction, relating to your previous skills and experience, such as bricklaying, roofing or another trade.
Contract engineers develop bids and contracts to make sure that the project meets the customer’s needs.
A contracts manager in the construction industry manages contracts relating to building projects. They study the legalities of contracts and help to negotiate terms and conditions with clients and third parties, before drawing up legal documents to outline terms of service and project deliverables.
Conveyancing advisors are property lawyers who transfer ownership of property from one owner to another (for either businesses or individuals). They are responsible for ensuring titles to the property are transferred from seller to purchaser and advise on any legal issues with the property.
A Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) coordinator acts as a company’s ‘conscience’, championing and developing the ethical, environmentally-friendly, and community-minded side of a business. The job involves creating links between a business and the community, raising positive awareness of the organisation's commitment to sustainable social responsibility.
Crane operators are responsible for lifting and moving materials around a construction site as safely and efficiently as possible. As a crane driver you’d need to be practically-minded, with an understanding of how to drive and maintain heavy machinery.
A crane supervisor is responsible for overseeing the movement of all lifting operations on a construction site to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the team.
Damp causes serious problems to buildings and can be dangerous to people’s health. As a damp proofer, you would prevent damp entering into buildings from the ground, and through walls and cracks. You could be installing damp-proof products and protecting bricks and timber. You may also repair structural damage and will need an understanding of drainage and ventilation systems.
Demolition operatives dismantle unsafe or obsolete buildings and structures. They strip out fittings, remove hazardous materials and salvage anything that can be reused, before employing tools, machines or explosives to demolish a structure.
A depot manager in the construction industry is responsible for managing building supplies and materials. This includes managing goods coming in and out of depots, warehouses and factories, overseeing depot staff and monitoring stock levels to ensure all requirements and orders can be met.
Design managers coordinate all of the design work required during construction projects. They manage the production of technical drawings and plans used to build a structure. Design managers bring together architects, structural and service engineers, along with specialist designers and BIM technicians, to create coordinated designs which can be used during the build and aid maintenance of the structure once complete.
Diamond drilling operatives use specialist equipment to cut through the toughest materials on a building site, such as reinforced concrete. They could be called in to remove sections of roads or pavements, assist with demolitions or dismantle towers and bridges, whilst following strict health and safety guidelines.
Dispatch Managers are responsible for managing the timely dispatch of completed orders from the production facility or warehouse to the customer.
Document controllers maintain project documents. They ensure that accurate information is distributed throughout an organisation, on time, to the people who need it. In the construction industry, document controllers work with technical documents like blueprints and reports. They sort and store electronic and hard copy documents for designers, surveyors, architects and other colleagues.
A drainage engineer is responsible for designing systems that move water or sewage from one place to another, as safely and efficiently as possible. This can involve visiting sites to gain an understanding of project requirements, as well as designing and overseeing the installation of these systems.
A draught proofer ensures buildings are properly ventilated whilst also retaining heat. By ensuring no energy is being wasted in a building, through leaks from windows or external doors, they help to maintain efficient energy use, which has a positive effect on the environment.
Dryliners create walls and rooms in buildings. They use plasterboard to hide pipes and wires, make space for insulation and smooth out uneven surfaces. They can build suspended ceilings, raised floors, and provide specialist soundproofing. The role involves measuring, cutting and attaching plasterboard (fixing), and sealing over joints between boards to smooth the edges (finishing).
Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment. They look at how animals and plants inhabit a particular environment, and report on the likely impact of any proposed construction works. Depending on the job in hand, they could spend time working outdoors, at a university, in an office or in a laboratory.
Economists study complex data and statistics and use their findings to provide financial advice to businesses. As an economist, you’d research and monitor economic trends, and create statistical models to predict future developments. Employers depend on economists to advise them on the potential impact of policies and investments.
Electrical engineers design, develop and maintain electrical systems for buildings, transport systems and power distribution networks. They work in and across many industries, such as construction, transport, energy (including renewables), building services, and manufacturing. Electrical engineers need a good understanding of engineering science, and strong maths and computer skills.
Electricians provide buildings with energy to light rooms, heat water and power devices. They install, inspect and test electrical equipment, making sure it is working properly and safely. As an electrician, you could be maintaining traditional systems in homes, shops and offices. Some electricians work with renewable technology or fibre-optics. Others service motors, transformers, street lighting or traffic systems, or work on engineering projects.
Environmental advisors ensure that construction projects comply with environmental regulations and targets. They strategically plan ways to keep air pollution or water and soil contamination to a minimum, reduce material waste and ensure that any necessary waste is disposed of in the correct manner.
Environmental engineering focuses on protecting the environment by reducing waste and pollution. Environmental engineers optimise the use of natural resources, help to develop renewable energy resources and maximise the use of existing materials. They design technologies and processes that control pollution and clean up contamination.
Estimators calculate how much construction projects will cost, taking into account labour, material and equipment requirements. They will negotiate with suppliers and gain quotes from subcontractors and use this information to compile detailed cost proposals for a client.
Facilities managers oversee the operation and maintenance of buildings and grounds by responding to users’ needs. As a facilities manager, you could be in charge of services including buildings, cleaning, catering, hospitality, security or parking. You will need to ensure that the spaces you control meet health and safety standards and operate as intended.
A field technician handles on-site servicing, diagnostics and repairs for a company’s electrical products or equipment. This can range from computers, heating and cooling systems, security systems, heavy machinery, and more. Field technicians may work on-site at factories, manufacturing plants or on construction sites.
A fire protection installer has an important role in ensuring buildings are insulated and structurally protected from fire risk. This can include the installation of protective frames, fire-resistant walls and ceilings, and applying fire resistant treatments, particularly on heritage buildings.
Floor layers lay laminate and solid timber floors. They are trained in sub-floor preparations and laying floor coverings. Domestic floor layers and carpet fitters work in people’s homes; commercial floor layers work in public spaces including offices, shops, hotels, schools; and resin floor layers work in both industrial and commercial buildings.
A forklift driver is responsible for delivering, moving, loading and unloading a variety of goods in warehouses and on construction sites.
A formworker is responsible for installing and repairing temporary frameworks that support the building process during construction. These temporary structures can be made out of various materials but are most commonly either wood or metal and are used to help the moulding of concrete and other materials.
Further Education (FE) tutors teach students and apprentices over the age of 16. They develop students’ practical and theoretical understanding of a wide variety of courses and train them for careers in construction or engineering.
A gas service installer fits, maintains and repairs gas systems within old and new buildings. This can include central heating systems or gas appliances.
Construction operatives are involved in a range of practical tasks on a construction site, including preparing ground ahead of building work taking place, and carrying out manual work whilst a project is in progress. This could range from mixing and pouring concrete, to laying drainage pipes, moving materials and more.
A geo-technical engineer has an important job role in analysing soil, rock, groundwater, and other earth materials prior to major construction projects. This analysis can help determine what materials must be used in the structure’s foundation or overall design, or whether the project needs additional measures to ensure it is safe.
A glazier is responsible for measuring, installing and repairing glass in houses, hotels, shops and offices. As a glazier, you’d need to choose appropriate glass for the job in hand, remove old and broken panes, and ensure glass is sealed to be watertight.
Goods In Managers are responsible for managing the in-bound process of receiving goods and materials into a facility.
The Head of Track oversees business operations in the remit of rail engineering, providing specialist engineering advice for all projects in this area.
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professionals assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and review of policies and procedures.
The job of a heritage consultant is to manage construction and restoration projects on heritage sites, such as historic or listed buildings, landscapes, museums and other properties, by providing guidance on heritage issues and formulating strategies to manage them.
Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers transport goods between locations. They move items for suppliers and customers, locally, nationally and internationally. As a lorry driver, you will spend a lot of time on the road and could be away from home frequently. You’ll plan delivery schedules and ensure that loads are delivered on time to the correct locations.
Higher Education (HE) lecturers carry out research and teach the next generation of construction professionals in universities and higher education colleges. As a lecturer in a construction-related field you will specialise in one area of study, such as architecture, engineering, business and management, planning, surveying or more.
Highways control managers work with local councils and utilities companies to provide highways maintenance, street lighting, and water and gas networks.
Highways engineers are responsible for ensuring that the thousands of miles of road across Britain are in good condition. There are three main branches of highway engineering: planning, research, and construction. Most highway engineers specialise in one of these areas.
Highways maintenance operatives help ensure that roads, pavements and motorway networks are well maintained.
Highways maintenance technicians oversee the maintenance and repair of highways and roads. They regularly monitor for damage, deal with public enquiries, liaise with local authorities and utility companies, and make repairs to pavements, street furniture, road markings and more.
Human resources managers develop and implement policies relating to the working practices of the organisation they are in. They hire employees and help them get training and development to advance their careers. They are instrumental in overseeing conditions of employment, contractual terms, pay negotiations and issues relating to equality and diversity.
Hydrographic surveyors use state-of-the-art technology to produce detailed plans of seabeds, harbours and waterways. They measure and map underwater surfaces and study the construction of the seabed, showing the depth, shape and contours. They specialise in precise positioning, data acquisition and processing in onshore or offshore marine environments.
Interior designers work with clients to create inside spaces that are functional and attractive. They help to plan the layout and decor of building interiors, and may work with contractors to bring their designs to life.
IT support analysts find IT solutions to enhance business operations, efficiency, and productivity. An IT support analyst can help to resolve a variety of technical issues relating to their organisation’s computer systems, telecommunications network, LANs, WANs and desktop computers, whether these components are located on-site or in the field.
A joiner works with timber to create a variety of structures integral to many buildings. This can include staircases, windows, doors, furniture and more. As a joiner, you will make and install these structures and fittings in the correct locations.
Kitchen fitters install kitchens in homes and workplaces. As a kitchen fitter, you’d measure and assemble kitchen units, and fit worktops according to detailed plans, working around hidden pipes and appliances.
A land buyer is responsible for helping businesses and individuals to purchase land that is suitable for construction. As a land buyer, you’ll identify suitable sites for building projects, determine whether planning permission is required and establish whether there will be any constraints on what can be built.
A land drilling operative is responsible for investigating land before drilling into it, to install structures such as tunnels or wells for gas or oil. As a land drilling operative, you’ll work closely with surveyors, geologists and geoscientists, and monitor the drilling progress, overseeing safety management and ensuring the surrounding environment is protected.
Land surveyors measure and map the shape of land. They gather data for civil engineering and construction projects so that accurate site plans can be drawn. As a surveyor, you’ll be part of a fast-moving, technologically advanced industry. Much of your time will be spent on-site, using technical instruments to record the environment.
Landscape architects create places for people to live, work and play, and places for plants and animals to thrive. As a landscape architect, no two days will be the same; one day you could be out surveying sites or carrying out environmental impact assessments, the next you might be in the office writing reports and drawing up contracts.
Landscape managers plan, develop and care for outdoor spaces, to ensure that people can use and enjoy them, now and into the future. They use their knowledge of ecosystems and human behaviour to advise on construction projects.
A lead roofer is responsible for working on a variety of buildings – from housing to listed structures, churches and cathedrals. This can involve inspecting, removing, or repairing existing lead sheeting or installing new sheeting.
Learning and development managers handle the training and professional development of company employees. They make the most out of people’s talents and help them develop to their full potential. They also keep a strong focus not just on what the learner wants and needs, but also on the needs of the organisation.
Lecturers teach adults in Further and Higher Education. Some also do research in universities and colleges.
Legal advisors provide companies with guidance in matters relating to law. Within the construction industry, a legal advisor would assist with client contracts, draft legal documents and resolve disputes.
A lifting equipment inspector carries out vital checks to ensure that equipment and machinery used for lifting is in working order, so construction projects can be carried out in line with strict health and safety guidelines. If equipment is found to need repairs, they will carry out this work, or recommend a more qualified engineer for the job.
Lifting equipment operators use machinery such as cherry pickers, forklift trucks, scissor lifts, suspension equipment, telehandlers, and suspension equipment to lift and hoist heavy loads.
Lightning Conductor Engineers make sure that buildings and other structures are safe if they’re struck by lightning.
Liquid waterproofing roofers apply protective liquid membranes to new or existing flat roof structures to ensure they are watertight. They can find work with specialist roofing firms, building contractors, local authorities and other public organisations.
Logistic and Plant Managers are responsible for overseeing all the hire, purchase, supply and use of machinery and equipment on building sites.
A maintenance operative is someone who carries out a variety of tasks around buildings, to keep them in good repair. Duties can include activities such as fixing roofs, painting walls, or fitting doors and skirting boards.
Marketing and public relations (PR) officers are responsible for managing the image and reputation of a company. They influence opinions and behaviour, both internally and externally, through various communication channels, including websites, social media, press coverage and more.
Mastic asphalters apply a hot mixture of limestone and bitumen to a range of surfaces to waterproof, protect and strengthen them. Mastic asphalt hardens when it cools, so it may be used for roofing, laying floor surfaces such as railway platforms and car parks, lining tanks and swimming pools, as sea or river defences, or more.
Materials engineers source, test and assess the materials used in construction. They ensure that building foundations and materials are suitable and offer guidance on the best materials to use for a project, based on their individual properties, project costs and timeframes.
Nuclear process engineers are responsible for designing and managing the safe and productive running of nuclear power stations. They develop the processes and instruments used to produce energy, for distribution to homes and businesses.
Painters and decorators bring everyday spaces to life. They prepare and apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to surfaces, inside and out. As a painter and decorator, you’d be in high demand. You could play a key role in transforming residential, commercial and industrial projects, or specialise in renovations or maintaining heritage buildings.
A partitioning systems operative is responsible for dividing up buildings into different sections or rooms, which can provide privacy, soundproofing and resistance to fires.
A piling operative, or rig driver, is responsible for driving wood, steel, or concrete columns into the ground during construction projects, to provide vital support for structures such as houses, offices, hospitals, bridges, and piers.
Planners create programmes of all the work needed on large construction projects and direct activities. As a planner, you’ll oversee logistics, deploy workers, manage budgets and ensure that work is on schedule. You’ll work closely with estimators, engineers, surveyors and architects to keep projects on track and manage conflicting priorities.
As a plant and mechanical engineer, you will inspect, design, install, or repair machinery and equipment to ensure it is well maintained, working safely and running smoothly.
Plant hire desk controllers are responsible for arranging plant, tool and machinery hire to customers and construction companies. As a plant hire desk controller, you’ll be expected to have excellent customer services skills and develop professional relationships with clients.
A plant inspector is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the accounting and financial activities relating to a factory plant. As a plant inspector you’ll analyse data to assess the performance of the plant and deliver your findings to senior managers.
Plant managers are responsible for all of the heavy machinery used on a construction site. They are responsible for creating reports and keeping records documenting all operations on the site.
Plant mechanics repair and maintain heavy construction machinery so that projects can be completed efficiently and safely. As a plant mechanic, you’d conduct regular inspections on dumpers, excavators, cranes and more. You’d need a good understanding of how each machine works, and be able to repair them on-site or access replacement parts quickly.
Plant operators use heavy machinery to dig, lift and move materials on building sites. They can dramatically change landscapes or install impressive structures in a short time. Plant operators usually specialise in one type of equipment, such as an excavator or giant crane, and need good spatial awareness to move large scale machinery.
A plant support services coordinator is responsible for the organisation of teams of engineers to ensure that a project is correctly allocated the necessary resources to ensure it runs smoothly and to schedule. This usually involves scheduling visits to undertake service work on plants.
Plasterers smooth or create a decorative finish on internal walls and ceilings. They also apply render and finishes to external walls. Most new builds and many renovation projects require a plasterer, to give a room a fresh feel, repair damage or bring a space back to life.
Plumbers fit and maintain water systems in buildings. This includes toilets, baths, showers, sinks, washing machines and dishwashers. They can also install central heating systems but need additional qualifications to work with gas boilers. Plumbers install new pipework, service older systems, identify and fix faults, and may attend emergency call-outs when water or heating systems are damaged.
Principal designers manage risk prevention during the pre-construction phase of a project.
Procurement managers find and obtain the best value services and goods needed to carry out a construction project.
Project directors have overall responsibility for the successful conclusion of construction projects. They oversee project managers, who coordinate teams to ensure that work is completed on time and within budget, to a high standard. Project directors provider leadership to strategically manage risk, monitor finances and ensure each phase of work is started or completed on time.
Project managers oversee the planning and delivery of construction projects. They ensure that work is completed on time and within budget. They organise logistics, delegate work and keep track of spending. As a project manager, you’d liaise with clients and construction professionals to arrange schedules and direct activities.
A property sales advisor is responsible for looking after the on-site property sales process for a company such as a property developer. This includes tasks such as setting up and maintaining show homes, handling enquiries from potential buyers and producing reports based on sales data.
Purchasing managers buy equipment, goods and services for their company – comparing costs, quality and service to get the best value for money.
The job of a quality assurance manager is to ensure that all of a company’s services and activities meet and maintain set standards. As a quality assurance manager, you’ll carry out inspections and keep detailed records as evidence that work is of the highest possible quality.
Quantity surveyors estimate and control costs for large construction projects. They make sure that structures meet legal and quality standards. Quantity surveyors are involved at every stage of a project. Whether they’re working on residential, commercial or industrial projects, clients rely on them to ensure that the final outcome is value for money.
A rail engineering manager is responsible for leading and implementing engineering design work for rail projects. They assess the skills and specifications required, and then oversee business operations to ensure that project briefs are followed and implemented accurately.
A rail systems engineer is responsible for providing insight and technical engineering expertise on railway projects and systems such as traction power, train and traffic signal controls, fare collection, rail vehicles and more.
In the construction industry, receptionists act as the first point of contact for clients, subcontractors and suppliers. As a receptionist, you’ll be at the forefront of the organisation, greeting guests and contractors, and responding to phone and email enquiries. You’ll need excellent people skills to provide high-quality customer service.
A regeneration officer delivers programmes designed to improve and renovate local areas and buildings in order to bring them up to date in design, health and safety compliance, and current usage. This may include improving areas of deprivation, and accessing the grants and funding necessary for projects to take place.
Remediation specialists deal with the assessment, treatment and removal of contamination from soil and groundwater. They design and implement remedial action plans to clean up sites affected by fuel, pesticides and heavy metals amongst other substances, so that they are safe for the future.
Rig drivers operate construction equipment to drive columns of wood, steel or concrete into the ground to support buildings and other structures.
Risk managers identify and assess possible threats to construction projects. They take into account financial, legal, environmental and reputational risks, plus risks to the workforce and organisation they work for. They work closely with project managers, health and safety teams, human resources and legal teams. Risk managers create policies to protect assets and minimise accidents, mistakes, budget loss or public liability.
Roofing operatives work on the roofs of new buildings and also repair or re-roof older structures. This can involve using a range of different materials, such as slates, tiles or materials for flat roofs, as well as fitting skylights.
Safety net riggers assemble, install, maintain and secure safety nets for a variety of construction projects. The safety net systems they provide offer fall protection for construction workers working at height. They ensure overall on-site safety and efficient build programmes by erecting safety netting to the correct standard.
Scaffolders erect and dismantle temporary metal scaffolding on structures and building sites, so that other people can work at height and carry out their jobs safely. Scaffolders may set up scaffolding around a structure, or inside a building undergoing construction, renovation or demolition.
Sealant applicators seal joints to ensure a building is airtight and waterproof. As a sealant applicator, you could be sealing door and window frames, building facades, or baths and sinks. You could also be carrying out structural bonding, such as glass to glass seals.
A self-employed contractor works for themselves, either sourcing and undertaking their own projects or finding work through an agency. As a self-employed contractor, you may work on your own or as part of a construction gang , or you may employ other people within your own company. It’s possible to become self-employed in many lines of work, whether you have a skilled trade, such as carpentry or painting and decorating, or can offer your services as a consultant engineer or architect.
Senior managers are responsible for leading teams of people working on all kinds of construction projects. As the boss, he or she comes up with strategies for getting jobs done efficiently, then makes sure people follow them.
Senior materials engineers ensure compliance with specifications.
Setting out engineers use sites plans, technology and precision instruments to pinpoint and mark structural features above and below ground before construction work begins. They use clear markers to indicate where structures are going to be installed, including access roads, foundations, gas, electricity and water facilities, and drainage systems. They ensure that workers on the site adhere to these markers.
A safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) advisor is responsible for ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations, environmental regulations, and quality control, on-site and in construction firms.
Shopfitters transform the interiors of offices, shops, restaurants, bars and more. They create plans, then make and install fittings to enhance our experience of a space. As a shopfitter, you’ll be ripping out the old and refitting the new. You could be overseeing builds and working with a range of materials to bring an area to life.
A shunter driver is responsible for the safe movement of vehicles on construction sites. This could include large goods vehicles (LGVs) or trailer units, and can involve manoeuvring goods around site, into storage or loading bays, or to be picked up by other workers.
Site engineers/technicians look after the technical, organising and supervising side of construction projects – from new housing to multi-million pound roads and railways.
Site inspectors monitor all work carried out on a construction site to ensure safety and quality standards are upheld. They make sure that building plans and specifications are being followed correctly and manage staff and subcontractors on building sites. They also attend site management meetings and help project managers to plan work.
Site managers organise work on building sites, making sure it’s completed safely, on time and within budget. As a site manager, no two days will ever be the same. You’ll liaise with architects, surveyors and builders to ensure a project is on track and there are enough staff, machinery and materials to get the job done.
Sprayed concrete lining tunnel operatives line tunnels with concrete sprayed from purpose-built equipment. The use of sprayed concrete in tunnels, mines and other civil engineering structures is an important and integral part of successful, productive and safe ground support systems.
Steel erectors assemble the metal framework of new buildings or structures, by fitting together steel girders, pipework and beams. As a steel erector, you’d be working to detailed plans created by architects and engineers. Your work may often be carried out at height, from elevated platforms.
Steel fixers use steel bars and mesh in reinforced concrete to strengthen buildings and other big structures. They work closely with engineering designers, steel erectors and other construction workers on high rise buildings, on a variety of construction sites or on other structures.
Steeplejacks carry out repair work high above the ground on construction sites, power stations, high rise buildings or on monuments and castles. They ensure they are structurally sound and may also install lightning conductors.
Stonemasons cut and prepare stone to build or repair stone structures. These may include homes, historical buildings, monuments, headstones and statues. Stonemasons may also use a range of other natural materials, such as granite and quartz.
Structural engineers ensure structures can withstand the stresses and pressures imposed by use and the environment. They calculate stability, strength and rigidity and make sure the right materials are used for each project, whether it is a new-build, conversion or renovation. As a structural engineer, you could work on residential projects, shops and offices, bridges and offshore rigs, theatres, museums and hospitals, or even space satellites.
A structural engineering technician plays a key role in the design, planning, and construction of building projects, helping to assess whether building plans and materials are suitable. They work closely with design teams and architects to ensure the safety of a structure.
Surveyors provide professional advice on a range of construction-related matters. They could be ensuring that new-build properties are built to regulations and specifications; advising on maintenance and repair of existing structures or assessing damage for legal and insurance purposes. Many surveyors specialise in one area as the role carries many responsibilities.
Surveyors in remedial treatments inspect properties for defects. They visit sites to determine the level of any damage and advise on how best to fix it. They complete detailed reports, specifications and building surveys; identify defects and advise on repair, maintenance and restoration options.
A sustainability manager oversees the implementation of sustainability strategies during a construction project. This usually relates to the environmental impacts of the work being carried out, to ensure that the project adheres to the most economically and environmentally friendly methods possible.
In the construction industry, sustainability specialists assess the carbon footprint of a project and suggest ways to reduce its environmental impact on the wider world. They help businesses save money and progress with developments, whilst keeping an awareness of the people and ecosystems, and complying with environmental legislation.
Technical coordinators handle technical aspects of a project. Depending on the area of construction they work in, they could be handling enquiries, helping to produce and interpret technical diagrams, plans and paperwork, drawing up delivery schedules, and dealing with project administration.
A town planner is responsible for the design and development of urban areas, such as towns and cities. As a town planner, you would ensure there is balance between demands on the land being developed and the needs of the community. This can be on a national, regional, or local level and requires an awareness of the environmental and economic impacts of a proposed development.
Principal planners take a lead role in protecting and shaping our cities, towns and countryside.
A traffic safety and control officer (TSCO) is involved with making important decisions on how best to control traffic management. This could include situations such as traffic incidents, planned roadworks, big events or new developments.
Traffic technical officers guide traffic management processes and road safety improvements. As a traffic technical officer you would work as part of the team responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient management of traffic signal networks across the country.
Transport managers are responsible for directing, coordinating, planning and overseeing tasks and operations within an organisation involving transportation activities. They are required to ensure the legal requirements for road haulage are met.
Transport modellers use specialist computer software to design and develop transport routes. As a transport modeller, you could design how new road installations link to existing transport systems. You could be designing one-way systems or diversions, while other roads are being repaired, or planning transport systems ahead of large events, such as festivals or protests.
Tunnelling operatives build the underground tunnels needed for services such as rail lines and water works. They assist with the excavation, support and forming of tunnels and shafts in the ground associated with the construction process to provide an underground space, tunnel or shaft.
A tunnelling section engineer is involved in the planning and design of tunnelling projects. This can involve designing tunnel structures and procuring the materials needed to construct them.
Tunnelling ventilation engineers plan, design and enable ventilation systems in tunnelling projects. They work closely with designers to lead tunnel ventilation projects, ensuring that proposed designs are appropriate and safe.
Wall and floor tilers cover walls, floors and other surfaces with tiles, in kitchens, bathrooms, shops, hotels, restaurants and more. They may work on new builds or private and commercial renovations.
Welder engineers are trained welders who work on the design, maintenance and development of a wide range of welding systems in industries like aerospace, construction and civil engineering. They may research more effective welding techniques or design more efficient equipment to aid in the welding process.
Welding fabricators cut, join and shape metal and other materials, using heat and a range of tools. They are required on construction projects of all sizes, to do anything from fixing machinery to building bridges. Welders may help to construct the steel frames for buildings, support industrial projects, or even work underwater on oil rigs.
Wood machinists cut and prepare wood for construction projects. They may produce timber for panelling, floorboards, kitchen counters, bars, banisters, skirting boards, window and door frames, and more. As a wood machinist, you would require a good understanding of different types of timber and their uses, and the ability to use a range of hand tools and machinery.