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As a building envelope specialist, you would install and repair non-structural coverings to buildings using a variety of materials such as wood, glass and metal.


Average salaries are in the region of £10,000.00 to £35,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

As a building envelope specialist, you would install and repair non-structural coverings to buildings using a variety of materials such as wood, glass and metal. 

What they do

Typical tasks include:

  • The preparation of work to be accomplished by studying assembly instructions, specifications and parts lists as well as gathering parts and materials
  • The positioning of components according to drawings in assembly equipment
  • The assembly of the product - fitting hardware and glazing units, examining for correct fit, applying sealants, fixings and finishing materials
  • Verifying specifications by measuring finished assembly
  • Ensuring all equipment is operational 
  • Maintaining a safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
  • The maintenance of a supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level and anticipating needed supplies

Salary:

  • Newly trained building envelope specialist’s can earn in the region of £10,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience building envelope specialist’s can earn in the region of £20,000 - £35,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed building envelope specialists set their own pay rates. 


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Qualifications & Training

There are no set qualifications that building envelope installers need to have studied at school to begin a career in the industry. GCSE or standard grades in Maths and English or the Welsh Baccalaureate are important as you will have to work to precise measurements and follow instructions carefully.

You would normally move into the building envelope sector after gaining some work experience, possibly as a craftsperson. There is no recognised entry route to become an installer, although you could start your career on an apprenticeship scheme with a company and work your way up. As an apprentice, your employer would require you to work towards a recognised qualification such as an NVQ2 Certificate in Curtain Walling Installations.

An installer may consider progressing to a become a supervisor, site manager or estimator.

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Career trends and forecasts

105,000 total people needed

The UK construction industry will need a a total of 105,000 building envelope specialist roles to meet demand between 2017 until 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Greater London.

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