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Steeplejacks carry out repairs on buildings and structures to make them safe.

Potential salary
£15,000 to £26,000
Working hours
42 to 44 a week
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • installing lightning conductors on buildings
  • fitting aircraft warning lights on tall structures
  • replacing roof glass
  • repairing masonry
  • painting structures
  • dismantling or demolishing tall chimneys or buildings
  • inspecting structures for damage

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work on other structures, on a construction site, at a power station, on high rise buildings or at monuments and castles.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, at height, dusty and physically demanding.

With experience, you could be promoted to supervisor or manager.

You could become self-employed.

You can find out more about how to become a steeplejack from Go Construct and the Steeplejack and Lightning Protection Training Group.

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