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Steel Erector

Do you have good practical skills, have a good head for heights and enjoy working outdoors? Steel erectors work as part of a team to assemble the steel sections and girders that make up the framework of buildings and other structures, like tunnels and bridges.  

You will need a good level of fitness, be able to work at heights and understand the importance of health and safety.

You do not need particular formal qualifications although previous site experience and some GCSEs might help. You may also be able to get into this career through an apprenticeship scheme.

What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

Key Responsibilities

Working out how to fit the steelwork together following engineers’ instructions
Lifting and guiding components into position with tower cranes
Lining up and levelling steelwork before bolting and welding it into place
Working from MEWPs (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms) to gain safe access to sections of the ground
Working beyond the MEWPs on the structure itself
Laying down metal decking and fixing safety netting and edge rails as you build up the structure

There are no set entry requirements, but GCSEs (A-C) in subjects like Maths, English, Science and Technology may be helpful, as well as on-site experience.

Entry Requirements

CSCS card
site experience
GCSEs (A-C) in English and Maths

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

Ability to follow instructions
High level of practical skills
Head for heights and sense of balance
A good level of fitness
Understanding of health and safety

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Trainee salary: £14,000 - £19,000 a year.
Qualified steel erectors: £20,000 to £28,000 a year
Experienced steel erectors: £28,000 and £35,000 a year
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Case Study


Dave attended one of our Budding Builders courses in Cardiff after seeing a leaflet at his local Job Centre. We found that Dave had very low self-esteem having been unemployed for more than 12 months; he not see where he would be in the future. He attended every session of the course completing his Level 1 OCN Health & Safety, learnt how to construct a window box and passed his CSCS Test.

After successfully completing the course Dave found a job with a construction company in Cardiff where he remains in full time employment.

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