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Setting out engineers act as the main technical adviser on a construction site for subcontractors and operatives, they are responsible for setting out, levelling and surveying the site.


Average salaries are in the region of £28,000.00 to £36,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Setting Out Engineers act as the main technical adviser on a construction site for subcontractors and operatives, responsible for setting out, levelling and surveying the site. Setting Out Engineers liaise between design engineers and the construction team, to ensure plans and drawings are accurate and achievable.

What they do

As a Setting Out Engineer you would have to prepare technical reports, check drawings, and ensure that calculations are correct. Often work includes ordering required materials and negotiating fair prices for them. Planning and organising work efficiently to meet deadlines is a key concern, especially when working with other consultants and/or sub-contractors engaged in a project.

Typical tasks include:

  • Setting out, levelling and surveying the site
  • Overseeing quality control
  • Monitoring health and safety
  • Keeping a site diary
  • Arranging meetings to keep everyone involved informed of progress
  • Resolving any unexpected technical problems

Hours & Salary:

Typically, Setting Out Engineers work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm. For some big projects there could be evening or weekend work to complete.

  • Newly trained setting out engineers can earn in the region of £24,000£28,000
  • Trained with experience setting out engineers can earn in the region of £28,000£36,000
  • Senior Setting Out Engineers can earn in the region of £36,000£40,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.


 

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Qualifications & Training

Usually, a BSc Honours Degree in an engineering field in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, will most likely be required. Some positions will require an engineering Masters Degree as well, or chartered status with a relevant engineering body.

However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered.

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Career trends and forecasts

4,780 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 4,780 civil engineers per year (including setting out engineers) between 2017 - 2021 – according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Scotland.

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