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Steel erectors

£16,640 Average salary at age 20
£36,400 Average Salary
53 Average hours per week


Steel erectors fit and erect structural metal framework for buildings and other structures such as metal chimneys.

Main Tasks

  • Examines drawings and specifications to assess job requirements;
  • Erects ladders, scaffolding or working cage;
  • Directs hoisting and positioning of girders and other metal parts and checks alignment;
  • Arranges for or undertakes bolting and welding of metal parts;
  • Checks alignment of metal parts using spirit level and plumb-rule.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, though GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. Entry is typically through an apprenticeship or traineeship approved by ConstructionSkills and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board leading to an NVQ/SVQ in General Construction at Level 3.

UK Prospects

6300 Workforce Size
1.99% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
1865 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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