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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.
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While there are no formal qualifications needed to become a steel erector, there are several routes you could take to help you pursue this career. You could complete a college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to becoming a steel erector, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
Although there are no set entry requirements, anyone considering a career as a steel erector would benefit from achieving GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) in maths and English.
You could study for a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills or a Level 2 Award in Skills for Engineering to improve your abilities and job prospects.
An apprenticeship with a construction company is a good way into the industry.
You could complete a structural steelwork erector intermediate apprenticeship or an engineering construction erector/rigger advanced apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have some previous site experience, you could apply directly to a construction company for a job as a steel erector. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced steel erector and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a steel erector. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a steel erector include:
A steel erector is responsible for creating the ‘skeleton’ frameworks for construction projects of all shapes and sizes.
The role of a steel erector involves the following duties:
Brian Miller is a steel erector with Severfield - Watson Structures Ltd.
The expected salary for a steel erector varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a steel erector, you could move into a related role such as a welder or a steel fixer.
With experience, you could progress into more senior roles such as a site supervisor, team leader or construction manager.
Alternatively, you could become an instructor, and pass on your knowledge and experience to trainees.
Explore the progression opportunities below