3D visualisers bring the architect’s ideas to life, taking plans, architectural illustrations and other reference materials and using these to produce photo-realistic 3D images or animations of proposed buildings and developments.
Access floorers install raised floor systems. This can include just about any project that requires raised floorings – from houses to nightclubs to airports.
Accounting and finance personnel play a vital role in every business, being responsible for keeping track of the money that comes in and goes out.
Accounts assistants are responsible for providing accounting and administrative support to the accountant or financial manager, or to other members of the accounts team.
An administrator’s role is to deliver the practical and/or clerical support necessary to ensure the smooth running of general business operations or specific tasks and projects.
Archaeologists investigate, research and record the remains from the human past. Their job is to help record these precious archaeological remains and in doing so build a better understanding of our cultural heritage.
Architects creatively shape our environment by designing the buildings and spaces around us. They bring new structures to life and restore or renovate existing ones. Architects collaborate with others to ensure that designs are fit for purpose and safe, whether they’re working on individual buildings or large developments.
Architectural Technicians specialise in the application of technology in architecture, an integral supporting role on the design team providing professional technical guidance.
Architectural Technology is the technology of architecture: a creative, innovative design discipline rooted in science and engineering.
An Asbestos Removal Operative undertakes the safe removal of materials found to contain Asbestos which can be from anywhere including industrial sites, shops/offices and even people’s homes.
An asset manager is responsible for managing, monitoring and keeping track of the many and varied assets owned by a company.
Banksmen/signallers are responsible for directing the movement of vehicles and plant on or around a site. As a signaller, you’d be critical to on-site health and safety. Slinger signallers also have a role within factories, where modular buildings are constructed.
Bathroom fitters install almost all aspects of a bathroom – including showers, bathtubs, sinks, toilets and storage units.
Bedroom fitters install bedroom furniture, including flat packs and bespoke build units.
Bid managers/writers are responsible for preparing and writing the detailed commercial documents that companies have submit to win new contracts.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) describes the process of designing and delivering a building collaboratively using a coherent system of 3D computer models.
A BIM technician is responsible for using IT technology to provide an accurate representation of a building or civil engineering project.
Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone and concrete blocks in mortar. They construct, extend and repair domestic and commercial buildings, and other structures such as foundations, walls, chimneys or decorative masonry work. Bricklaying offers a real sense of achievement. At the end of a project, you’ll see the results and be able to say, ‘I built that’.
Building control surveyors make sure that regulations are followed on construction sites and projects.
Building envelope specialists install and repair non-structural coverings to buildings using a variety of materials such as wood, glass and metal.
Building services engineers install, maintain and often design the systems that make buildings safe, convenient and comfortable.
Building services engineering technicians help engineers design, plan and install electrical and mechanical systems within buildings.
Building surveyors survey buildings to assess their condition and structure, providing advice on repairs or proposed renovations or alterations.
Building technicians are involved in the construction of buildings and building works.
Business development managers are responsible for driving business growth by developing contacts, identifying market opportunities and increasing sales.
Buyers are responsible for ensuring that the materials required for construction projects are provided to schedule and according to projected budgets.
Computer-aided design (CAD) operators use computer software to produce 2D and 3D drawings for construction and manufacturing projects. As a CAD operator, you may be designing buildings, machinery or component parts. You’d be taking complex information and using it to produce technical building diagrams for architects, engineers and other construction workers.
Carpentry is one of the oldest construction trades and is in high demand. Carpenters use natural materials (wood/timber) to install wooden fixtures and fittings. As a carpenter you could be installing doors, floors and furniture in new builds, renovating or refitting existing structures, building sets for film and theatre companies and much more.
Cavity insulation installers fit insulation materials into buildings, such as damp proofing, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.
Ceiling fixers install suspended ceilings and hide and protect unsightly and potentially dangerous materials such as wiring, pipework, heating and air-conditioning systems.
Chimney Engineers/Technicians ensures that domestic and site based chimneys and flues are installed and maintained to strict safety standards.
Civil engineers plan, design and manage large construction projects. This could include bridges, buildings, transport links and other major structures. They use computer modelling software and data from surveys, tests and maps to create project blueprints. These plans advise contractors on the best course of action and help minimise environmental impact and risk.
Civil engineering technicians put their science and technology know how to work on complicated construction posers – from how to widen a motorway to building the world's tallest structure.
A clerk of works – also known as a site inspector, construction inspector or building quality inspector – inspects the workmanship, quality and safety of work on a construction site and reports their findings to the client.
Commercial managers are responsible for the budget and keep on top of all the costs involved in large-scale construction projects.
Compliance managers ensure that a business, its employees and its projects comply with all relevant regulations and specifications, as well as any ethical policies the company may have laid down.
Concrete Finishers smooth and finish the exposed surfaces of poured concrete floors and other structures.
Construction directors are responsible for planning and managing all construction activities.
Construction managers are responsible for the practical side of managing and planning every stage of the building process.
Contract engineers develop bids and contracts to make sure that the project meets the customer’s needs.
Contract managers identify, secure and manage projects and contracts.
Conveyancing advisers are responsible for managing the process of transferring ownership of a property from one owner (which could be an individual or a business) to another.
Crane Operators operate a variety of machines to lift and move materials, equipment or products, safely and efficiently.
Crane Supervisors are responsible for supervising lifting operations.
A corporate social responsibility (CSR) coordinator is almost the conscience of a company – championing, developing and reporting on the ethical, environmentally-friendly and community-minded side of the business.
Damp proofers prevent damp from rising up from the ground - something that causes serious damage to buildings.
Demolition operatives dismantle old and derelict structures or buildings.
Depot managers manage all the functions of a building supplies depot.
Design Managers coordinate the design work involved across the entire construction process.
Diamond drilling operatives have one of the most highly-skilled and specialist construction jobs – cutting through the toughest materials on a building site.
Dispatch Managers are responsible for managing the timely dispatch of completed orders from the production facility or warehouse to the customer.
Document Controllers manage and ensure the accurate flow of information through an organisation.
Drainage engineers are responsible for designing systems that move water or sewage from one place to another, as safely and efficiently as possible.
Draught proofers make sure buildings are properly ventilated without losing heat or wasting energy.
Dryliners create the walls and rooms in a building. They also hide pipes and wires, create space for insulation and smooth out uneven surfaces during renovation work.
Ecologists study the animals and plants that inhabit a particular environment, and report on the likely impact of any proposed construction works.
Economists study complex data and statistics and use this to deliver predictions of future trends.
Electrical engineers design, develop, control and maintain the electrical systems and components of buildings, rail networks and power distribution networks.
Electricians install, inspect and test electrical equipment, making sure everything in a building works properly and safely.
Environment Advisors ensure that construction projects comply with environmental regulations and targets.
Environmental engineers focus on protecting the environment by reducing waste and pollution.
Estimators calculate how much it costs to supply products or services to a client before building works can start.
Facilities managers run buildings by seeing to the needs of the people inside.
Further education (FE) tutors teach young people, over the age of 16, a wide variety of courses that train them for careers in construction or engineering.
Field technicians travel to construction sites to troubleshoot equipment problems.
Fire protection installers apply or install fire protection systems in domestic or commercial buildings.
Floor Layers are trained in sub-floor preparations and laying floor coverings.
Forklift Drivers move loads to and from different locations.
Formworkers make temporary structures out of wood or metal for use in moulding concrete.
From new builds to complex, multiple sites, gas service installers work on a variety of projects, installing gas services.
General construction operatives do a range of jobs on a building site.
Geo-technical engineers analyse soil, rock, groundwater and other earth materials prior to major construction projects.
Glaziers measure, install and replace different types of glass in all kinds of buildings and structures.
Goods In Managers are responsible for managing the in-bound process of receiving goods and materials into a facility.
The Head of Track oversees business operations in the remit of rail engineering, providing specialist engineering advice for all projects in this area.
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professionals assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and review of policies and procedures.
Heritage consultants provide expert guidance and formulate strategies to manage the heritage issues on construction sites.
A Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) driver transports and delivers goods.
Higher education (HE) lecturers teach the next generation of construction professionals in universities and colleges.
Highways control managers work with local councils and utilities companies to provide highways maintenance, street lighting, and water and gas networks.
Highways engineers keep the thousands of miles of roads across Britain in good shape – and help build new ones where they’re needed.
Highways maintenance operatives help ensure that roads, pavements and motorway networks are well maintained.
Highways maintenance technicians work in a team to carry out highway maintenance programmes.
Human Resources personnel develop and implement policies relating to the working practices of the organisation they are in.
Hydrographic surveyors measure and map the world’s underwater surfaces and study the construction of the seabed.
IT support analysts find IT solutions to enhance business operations, efficiency and productivity
Joiners work with timber to create staircases, windows and doors, furniture, kitchens, cupboards and interior woodwork.
Kitchen fitters install whole kitchens into people’s homes and commercial properties and workplaces. They measure and assemble each kitchen unit, cut and fit worktops including cornice and plinth.
Land Buyers seeks out development opportunities to introduce to clients.
Land drilling operatives investigate the ground on a construction site before drilling holes into it.
Land surveyors measure and map the shape of land. They gather data for civil engineering and construction projects so that accurate site plans can be drawn. As a surveyor, you’ll be part of a fast-moving, technologically advanced industry. Much of your time will be spent on-site, using technical instruments to record the environment.
Landscape architects create places for people to live, work and play and places for plants and animals to thrive.
Landscape managers plan, develop and care for outdoor spaces.
Lead Sheeting Operatives specialise in lead sheeting work on a variety of buildings from domestic housing to listed structures, churches and cathedrals.
Learning and development managers handle the training and professional development of company employees
Lecturers teach adults in Further and Higher Education. Some also do research in universities and colleges.
Legal Advisors are employed by large companies to provide counsel in legal matters.
Lifting equipment inspectors assess, repair and service lifting machinery.
Lightning Conductor Engineers make sure that buildings and other structures are safe if they’re struck by lightning.
Liquid waterproofing roofers apply protective liquid membranes to flat roof structures to ensure they are watertight.
Logistic and Plant Managers are responsible for overseeing all the hire, purchase, supply and use of machinery and equipment on building sites.
Maintenance operatives keep buildings in good running order by carrying out general repairs and maintenance.
Marketing and Public Relation Officers are responsible for managing the reputation of a company, influencing opinion and behaviour through various communication channels.
Mastic asphalters use a mixture of limestone and bitumen to create tough, waterproof surfaces.
Materials engineers source, test and assess the materials used in construction. They ensure that building foundations and materials are suitable and offer guidance on the best materials to use for a project, based on their individual properties, project costs and timeframes.
Nuclear process engineers are responsible for designing and managing the safe and productive running of nuclear power stations.
Occupational supervisors/team leaders work in a supervisory role and will be in charge of a team working on a construction project.
Painters and decorators bring everyday spaces to life. They prepare and apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to surfaces, inside and out. As a painter and decorator, you’d be in high demand. You could play a key role in transforming residential, commercial and industrial projects, or specialise in renovations or maintaining heritage buildings.
Partitioning system operatives divide up the inside of a building into all kinds of spaces.
Piling operatives drive columns of wood, steel or concrete into the ground to provide support for structures such as buildings, bridges and piers.
Planners are fundamental to the execution of a building project - creating a programme of works to help achieve its successful completion.
Plant and Mechanical Engineers design, install and repair plant machinery and parts.
Plant Hire Desk Controllers are responsible for excellent customer service.
Plant inspectors/controllers are responsible for coordinating plant accounting and financial reporting activities.
Plant managers are in charge of all the heavy machinery (plant) used on construction sites.
Plant mechanics repair and maintain heavy construction machinery so that projects can be completed efficiently and safely. As a plant mechanic, you’d conduct regular inspections on dumpers, excavators, cranes and more. You’d need a good understanding of how each machine works, and be able to repair them on-site or access replacement parts quickly.
Plant operators use heavy machinery to dig, lift and move materials on building sites. They can dramatically change landscapes or install impressive structures in a short time. Plant operators usually specialise in one type of equipment, such as an excavator or giant crane, and need good spatial awareness to move large scale machinery.
Plant support services co-ordinators are responsible for coordinating the movements of a team of engineers to undertake service visits on site at plant.
Plasterers smooth or create a decorative finish on internal walls and ceilings. They also apply render and finishes to external walls. Most new builds and many renovation projects require a plasterer, to give a room a fresh feel, repair damage or bring a space back to life.
Plumbers are in charge of anything that involves pipework on a construction site or in people’s homes.
Principal designers manage risk prevention during the pre-construction phase of a project.
Procurement managers find and obtain the best value services and goods needed to carry out a construction project.
Project directors have overall responsibility for the successful conclusion of construction projects.
Project managers are in charge of making sure a building or other kind of structure is done properly from start to finish.
Purchasing managers buy equipment, goods and services for their company – comparing costs, quality and service to get the best value for money.
Quality assurance managers make sure services are of the right standard to keep everyone inside and outside of a construction business happy.
Quantity surveyors work out exactly how much a building costs to construct and are in charge of finances.
Rail engineering managers are responsible for leading and implementing engineering design work for all types of rail projects.
Rail systems engineers provide insight and technical engineering expertise in regards to railway projects.
Receptionists act as the first point of contact for clients, subcontractors and suppliers.
Regeneration officers deliver programmes designed to improve and renovate buildings, to bring them up to date in design, health and safety compliance, and current usage.
Remediation specialists deal with the treatment and removal of contamination from soil and groundwater.
Rig drivers operate construction equipment to drive columns of wood, steel or concrete into the ground to support buildings and other structures.
Risk managers identify and assess possible threats to both the workforce and the organisation.
Roofing operatives work on the protective layers of a building which separate the inside from the elements using a range of materials, methods and structures.
Safety net riggers assemble, install, position and secure safety nets for a variety of construction projects.
Sales advisors are responsible for the on-site property sales process.
Scaffolders erect and dismantle temporary metal structures, usually around buildings, which allow other construction trades to carry out their jobs safely.
Sealant applicators seal all types of constructed joints to ensure a building is airtight and waterproof.
Self-employed contractors or sub-contractors run his or her own construction business.
Senior managers are responsible for leading teams of people working on all kinds of construction projects. As the boss, he or she comes up with strategies for getting jobs done efficiently, then makes sure people follow them.
Senior materials engineers ensure compliance with specifications.
Setting out engineers act as the main technical adviser on a construction site for subcontractors and operatives.
SHEQ advisors provide advice and guidance on all health and safety, environment and quality matters across an organisation.
Shopfitters can work in an office, a workshop, a machine shop or a paint shop.
Shunter Drivers are responsible for the safe on-site movement of heavy vehicles.
Site engineers/technicians look after the technical, organising and supervising side of construction projects – from new housing to multi-million pound roads and railways.
Site inspectors monitor all work carried out on a construction site to ensure safety and standards are upheld.
Site managers run the workforce on a building site.
Sprayed concrete lining tunnel operatives line tunnels with concrete sprayed from purpose-built equipment.
Steel erectors create the strong skeleton of a building or temporary structure by installing and fixing together steel girders, pipework and beams.
Steel fixers use steel bars and mesh in reinforced concrete to strengthen buildings and other big structures.
Steeplejacks tackle building and repair work that needs to be done high above the ground.
Stonemasons cut and prepare stone to build or repair stone structures. These may include homes, historical buildings, monuments, headstones and statues. Stonemasons may also use a range of other natural materials, such as granite and quartz.
Structural engineers design structures to withstand stresses and pressures imposed through environmental conditions and human use.
Technician structural engineers are a key part of the design and construction team, working alongside a wider design and construction team.
Surveyors provide professional advice on a range of construction-related matters. They could be ensuring that new-build properties are built to regulations and specifications; advising on maintenance and repair of existing structures or assessing damage for legal and insurance purposes. Many surveyors specialise in one area as the role carries many responsibilities.
Surveyors in remedial treatments visit sites to determine the level of any damage to best advise how to remedy it.
Sustainability managers/co-ordinators oversee the implementation of sustainability strategies during a project.
Sustainability specialists are concerned with environmental impacts.
A town planner manages the development of cities, towns and countryside.
Principal planners take a lead role in protecting and shaping our cities, towns and countryside.
Traffic safety and control officers make important decisions on how best to design the layout and management of traffic.
Traffic technical officers guide traffic management processes and road safety improvements.
Transport managers are responsible for ensuring that the legal requirements for road haulage are met.
Transport modellers use specialist computer software to help with the design and development of transport models to forecast future usage, meaning potential problems can be predicted and avoided in advance.
Tunnelling operatives build the underground tunnels needed for services such as rail lines and water works.
Tunnelling section engineers plan and programme works for a range of tunnelling section projects.
Tunnelling ventilation engineers plan, design and enable ventilation systems in tunnelling projects.
Wall and floor tilers cover walls, floors and surfaces with tiles.
Welding engineers work on the design, maintenance and development of a wide range of welding systems and equipment.
Welder fabricators cut and join metal and other materials into a wide range of structures for use throughout the built environment.
Wood machinists are key members of the joinery team. Wood machinists need to understand wood as a material, and how to get the best from it.