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Building technicians assist with essential tasks around construction projects and building works. As a building technician, you could be overseeing a range of tasks, from monitoring build progress, to negotiating with suppliers, preparing site plans and estimating costs.
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There are several routes to becoming a building technician. You could complete a university or college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to becoming a building technician, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in a relevant subject, such as construction and the built environment, surveying or civil engineering.
You’ll need 1 - 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or HND.
You could complete a college course to help you become a trainee technician, such as a Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering, a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment or a T level in Design, Surveying and Planning.
You could complete an advanced apprenticeship to help you become a building technician, in construction, surveying or building services design.
You could also become an apprentice construction engineering technician. Alternatively, you could complete a design and build technician higher apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will 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.
Some building technicians will gain industry experience in other fields before training as a building technician.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a building technician. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Ideal skills for a building technician include:
The main responsibility of a building technician is to assist in essential building tasks, such as estimating, contracts or site planning.
As a building technician, your duties could include:
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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 building technician, there are many routes for career progression. As your knowledge improves, you could move into a position of an estimator or buyer.
As you gain more experience you could progress into a role as a senior manager or contracts manager, or take on the position of site engineer.
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