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Building technicians are involved in the construction of buildings and building works.


Average salaries are in the region of £10,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Building technicians help support construction site managers, surveyors and architects.

What they do

They assist with essential building tasks such as building plans and designs, budget management, assessing building project progression and monitoring the quality of supplies.

Working in construction as a building technician, you would primarily be based in an office, though you will also have to make occasional site visits.

Hours & Salary:

You can expect to work around 40 hours a week and may have to work some evenings and weekends – especially when deadlines need to be met.

  • Newly trained building technicians can earn in the region of £10,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience building technicians can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior, chartered or master building technicians can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.


 

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Case Study

I got my current role through natural progression within the company. Having spent three years doing a construction apprenticeship in joinery, this role was the next step.

What do you like about your role?

Each day is varied. Day-to-day tasks are different and no two days are usually the same. I also like the problem-solving side of my role.

What do you do in your daily job?

My daily duties comprise of assisting the project manager with day-to-day tasks. This could be updating drawings, checking health and safety documents, introducing new construction workers to the project we’re working on, ensuring everyone is working safely, programming works, liaising with the clerk of works etc.

Is there anything you do not like about your role?

The final stages of a construction project can become tedious as you try to get the housing/buildings to the standard expected by the client. But keeping the client happy is one of our primary objectives so this is just part of the job.

What skills do you need in this role?

Computer skills are becoming more important than ever but people skills are a key skill to have as you are constantly interacting with people from all aspects of the trade, this could be a bricklayer, or a structural engineer. The other obvious skills are picked up over time and skills learned at college and university which all play a part in allowing you to carry out the role fully.

What was your background before starting this role?

I have worked for the same construction company since leaving school but I started out as an apprentice joiner aged 16.

What are you most proud of in your career?

I feel I have progressed a long way from being a school leaver to where I am now. I have nine years’ experience in the industry, an Ordinary National Certificate (ONC), Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and loads of other training that has been provided by the company to assist me in my role and I am currently working towards completing a degree in construction project management.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?

I see myself as an experienced project manager looking to step up to the next role.

Any advice on how to get into construction?

The construction industry is an excellent area to work in. I have enjoyed my experience. I have worked at the sharp end assisting joiners carry out their tasks to now organising the construction activity on a construction project and being involved in projects well before they even start on site.

There is so much to learn about the industry and opportunities for all levels of people, whether you want to work on site or work in an office there will be something that fits what you want to do within construction. Due to the amount there is to learn, there is always room to progress and move up, just get the backing of a good company behind you and you can go wherever they are willing to let you.

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Qualifications & Training

In Scotland some building technicians will opt for the part-time study route where they will "earn while they learn" to gain a HNC/HND. Entry for this route will require A-levels or Scottish Highers and will need to be supported by a construction employer.

You can also apply for a Modern Apprenticeship. You may need subjects at Standard Grade or National 5 including English, maths and science or technological subjects.

In England and Wales there are no formal qualifications needed to become a building technician, though it is generally advised to complete a GCSE in mathematics and English at a grade C or above or their Welsh equivalent, the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Some building technicians will complete a HND in a construction-related field, while others may complete a construction apprenticeship.

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Career trends and forecasts

16,240 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 other construction professionals and technical staff (which includes building technicians) to meet demand every between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). 

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