Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and team players are just the people to offer that support.
No job is too big or too small. If a house needs heating, they’ll sort it. If a skyscraper needs electricity, they’re on it. Team players strive to deliver a safe and superb service for the benefit of those around them.
No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team."
- Reid Hoffman
Floor layers lay laminate and solid timber floors. They are trained in sub-floor preparations and laying floor coverings. Domestic floor layers and carpet fitters work in people’s homes; commercial floor layers work in public spaces including offices, shops, hotels, schools; and resin floor layers work in both industrial and commercial buildings.
Chimney engineers install and maintain chimney and flue systems in accordance with current building legislation and regulations. As a chimney engineer, you will need to follow strict health and safety guidelines, as you may be working at height, with the support of a harness and protective gear.
Civil engineering technicians give technical support to engineers on construction projects. They tend to specialise in one area of civil engineering, such as design, planning or logistics and may be involved in projects ranging from building bridges, to widening roads, or creating new infrastructure.
Demolition operatives dismantle unsafe or obsolete buildings and structures. They strip out fittings, remove hazardous materials and salvage anything that can be reused, before employing tools, machines or explosives to demolish a structure.
Electricians provide buildings with energy to light rooms, heat water and power devices. They install, inspect and test electrical equipment, making sure it is working properly and safely. As an electrician, you could be maintaining traditional systems in homes, shops and offices. Some electricians work with renewable technology or fibre-optics. Others service motors, transformers, street lighting or traffic systems, or work on engineering projects.
Construction operatives are involved in a range of practical tasks on a construction site, including preparing ground ahead of building work taking place, and carrying out manual work whilst a project is in progress. This could range from mixing and pouring concrete, to laying drainage pipes, moving materials and more.
A joiner works with timber to create a variety of structures integral to many buildings. This can include staircases, windows, doors, furniture and more. As a joiner, you will make and install these structures and fittings in the correct locations.
A maintenance operative is someone who carries out a variety of tasks around buildings, to keep them in good repair. Duties can include activities such as fixing roofs, painting walls, or fitting doors and skirting boards.
Mastic asphalters apply a hot mixture of limestone and bitumen to a range of surfaces to waterproof, protect and strengthen them. Mastic asphalt hardens when it cools, so it may be used for roofing, laying floor surfaces such as railway platforms and car parks, lining tanks and swimming pools, as sea or river defences, or more.
Plumbers fit and maintain water systems in buildings. This includes toilets, baths, showers, sinks, washing machines and dishwashers. They can also install central heating systems but need additional qualifications to work with gas boilers. Plumbers install new pipework, service older systems, identify and fix faults, and may attend emergency call-outs when water or heating systems are damaged.
Scaffolders erect and dismantle temporary metal scaffolding on structures and building sites, so that other people can work at height and carry out their jobs safely. Scaffolders may set up scaffolding around a structure, or inside a building undergoing construction, renovation or demolition.
Sprayed concrete lining tunnel operatives line tunnels with concrete sprayed from purpose-built equipment. The use of sprayed concrete in tunnels, mines and other civil engineering structures is an important and integral part of successful, productive and safe ground support systems.
Steeplejacks carry out repair work high above the ground on construction sites, power stations, high rise buildings or on monuments and castles. They ensure they are structurally sound and may also install lightning conductors.
Tunnelling operatives build the underground tunnels needed for services such as rail lines and water works. They assist with the excavation, support and forming of tunnels and shafts in the ground associated with the construction process to provide an underground space, tunnel or shaft.
Wood machinists cut and prepare wood for construction projects. They may produce timber for panelling, floorboards, kitchen counters, bars, banisters, skirting boards, window and door frames, and more. As a wood machinist, you would require a good understanding of different types of timber and their uses, and the ability to use a range of hand tools and machinery.
Building envelope specialists install and repair non-structural coverings to buildings using a variety of materials such as wood, glass and metal. Building envelope design is a specialised area of architectural and engineering practice that draws from all areas of building science and indoor climate control.
Electrical engineers design, develop and maintain electrical systems for buildings, transport systems and power distribution networks. They work in and across many industries, such as construction, transport, energy (including renewables), building services, and manufacturing. Electrical engineers need a good understanding of engineering science, and strong maths and computer skills.
Liquid waterproofing roofers apply protective liquid membranes to new or existing flat roof structures to ensure they are watertight. They can find work with specialist roofing firms, building contractors, local authorities and other public organisations.
Concrete finishers spread and level poured concrete to create smooth finishes for surfaces like roads, pavements, floors and curbs, using a variety of specialist equipment. As a concrete finisher, you may also use forms (moulds) to create concrete blocks for building projects.
A lead roofer is responsible for working on a variety of buildings – from housing to listed structures, churches and cathedrals. This can involve inspecting, removing, or repairing existing lead sheeting or installing new sheeting.
Safety net riggers assemble, install, maintain and secure safety nets for a variety of construction projects. The safety net systems they provide offer fall protection for construction workers working at height. They ensure overall on-site safety and efficient build programmes by erecting safety netting to the correct standard.
A 360 excavator operator controls a large digging machine which sits on a rotating base, allowing them to pick up large amounts of earth or other materials, and move them anywhere within the vehicle’s radius. 360 excavator operators use these machines to clear ground for new developments such as housing or roads and may also dig foundations.
Window fitters install windows, doors, conservatories, and glazed curtain walls in buildings and structures. They may work on new-build properties, upgrade old fittings, or help restore heritage buildings.