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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.
There are several routes to becoming a technical coordinator. You could complete a university or college course, an apprenticeship, or on-the-job training.
You should explore these routes to becoming a technical coordinator to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You could complete an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject to help you become a technical coordinator, such as:
You'll need 2 - 3 A levels, or equivalent, for an undergraduate degree.
If you study construction or a related trade at college, you could go on to apply for a role as a technical coordinator. You may need to gain onsite experience or complete further qualifications on the job to help you prepare for this role.
You could start your career as an apprentice in most construction trades and then apply for a job as a technical coordinator. Alternatively, you could apply for a higher apprenticeship in construction management and gain experience as a technical coordinator to help you progress in your career.
For this, you’ll need 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels (or equivalent).
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 experience in construction you could apply directly to an employer to gain experience as a technical coordinator. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced technical coordinator and progress as your abilities improve and you complete further training.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a technical coordinator. 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 technical coordinator include:
As a technical coordinator, you’ll support construction projects from a technical point of view. Day-to-day, you could be drawing up and interpreting plans, diagrams and schedules, coordinating paperwork and dealing with enquiries.
The job role of a technical coordinator involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a technical coordinator 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 technical coordinator, you could progress to a senior position as a project manager or director.