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Building Technician Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Building Technician. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Building Technician
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Building Technician Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Building technicians, who are sometimes known as construction estimators or site engineers, carry out work at a level between craft and management. They may work on a building site or in an office drawing up plans and schedules. Specialist roles can include:

  • estimator - preparing estimates for the materials needed to complete a project
  • buyer - working from architects' plans, they work with suppliers to purchase the materials, equipment and labour at the most cost-effective price whilst maintaining quality
  • planner - planning engineers work with the site manager to decide the most appropriate methods, techniques and sequence of events in the construction development, and monitor progress against set completion dates
  • site engineer - site engineers are involved in preparing sites for construction, following plans, drawings and documents produced by other specialists.
  • Technicians may be involved in ensuring plans comply with legal requirements by liaising with local authorities and utility companies.

Hours and Environment

Technicians normally work a 38-hour week, Monday to Friday. Evening and weekend work may be required to meet deadlines.

Work could be office-based or on-site. Some travel may be required. Estimators, buyers and planners are normally office-based.

Skills and Interests

As a building technician, you should:

  • have a thorough knowledge of the technical aspects of building methods, materials, health and safety and the associated legal requirements
  • have good communication skills
  • work well as part of a team
  • be competent in using information technology
  • have good analytical skills
  • be well organised.


There are courses which can be taken to prepare for entry into the profession. These include the BTEC/SQA National Diploma in Building and a vocational A level/GSVQ Level III in Construction and the Built Environment.

There is also a two-year BTEC/SQA Higher National Diploma in Building Studies which requires a minimum of four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and at least one A level/two H grades, ideally a science plus another subject, or equivalent qualifications.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

If you are already employed in building crafts, for instance bricklaying, you may be able to undertake further training in order to qualify at technician level. Contact CITB-ConstructionSkills for details.


The CIOB in conjunction with the National House Building Council offer a Technical Staff Development and Qualification Programme. The programme has a variety of units covering the estimating, planning, buying and surveying roles, and candidates take options according to their specialism. Completion leads to NVQ in Construction Contracting at levels 3 or 4, depending on responsibility. Options include:

  • selecting, processing and submitting tenders
  • procurement
  • planning
  • managing information
  • construction problems
  • developing working relationships
  • dispute resolution.

For details, contact CIOB below.

The Association of Building Engineers (ABE) also offer information on a range of NVQ qualifications similar to those listed above. Contact ABE for details.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) are for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


There are opportunities with national and international building firms and contractors, in central and local government, and with organisations that carry out their own construction projects such as electricity, gas, and water companies, major retailers and health authorities. There may also be opportunities to work abroad with some firms.

There are opportunities for promotion, for example to departmental manager in a large company. You may also be able to progress to a professional-level job - usually in construction management - by gaining further qualifications and relevant experience.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

A trainee technician can earn between £12,000 and £15,000 a year, depending on prior qualifications.
Qualified technicians earn around £20,000 a year.
Senior technicians can up to £30,000 a year.

Further information:

Association of Building Engineers
Lutyens House
Billing Brook Road
Weston Favell
Tel: 0845 126 1058

The Chartered Institute of Building
Kings Ride
Tel: 01344 630700

Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

Other Useful Building Technician Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Building Technician job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Building Technician Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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