- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of maths
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- design skills and knowledge
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- marking out and cutting wood, metal, glass and plastic to make units and fittings in a workshop
- estimating material quantities and costs, and preparing tenders and quotes for jobs
- preparing design plans
- measuring and setting out jobs on site
- paint spraying timber products
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
You could work at a client's business or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be physically demanding, cramped, you'll travel often, outdoors some of the time, dusty, noisy and at height.
With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, like chargehand or foreperson.
You could become a works manager, contract manager or shopfitting designer after further training, or set up your own shopfitting business.
You can find out more about careers in shopfitting from Go Construct.Data from National Careers Service.