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Building technician

Building technicians support engineers, surveyors and architects on construction projects.

Potential salary
£19,000 to £35,000
Working hours
45 to 47 a week
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • customer service skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your duties day-to-day tasks may include:

  • estimating different costs for use in bids for contract tenders
  • negotiating with suppliers on the cost of materials, equipment and labour
  • checking the quality of suppliers
  • helping to plan the methods used in each construction stage
  • drafting construction plans and blueprints using CAD software
  • monitoring build progress against completion dates
  • reporting on progress at update meetings
  • preparing construction sites before work begins
  • supervising teams of contractors

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work on a construction site or in an office.

Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.

With experience you could move into construction project management or specialise in estimating, CAD drafting or buying.

You could find work with national and international building firms and contractors, central and local government, and organisations that do their own construction work, like utility companies, major retailers and the NHS.

You can get more advice on how to become a building technician from Go Construct.

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