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Shopfitter

Shopfitters make and install fixtures and fittings in offices, restaurants, shops and bars.

Potential salary
£13,500 to £30,000
Working hours
43 to 45 a week
  • 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.

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