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Ceiling Fixer Profile

 
Introduction

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 Ceiling Fixer. This page details the following Information:-

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


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Working Duties Expected

Ceiling fixers fit suspended ceilings in buildings to conceal pipework, wiring, and heating or air conditioning systems. The majority of the work is on new or refurbished commercial developments such as offices, shops and factories. They can also be found working on public sector projects such as hospitals and schools.

Working from technical drawings, written instructions and site measurements, ceiling fixers set out, cut and fix a framework of aluminium supports to the underside of the floor or to the existing ceiling. They use spirit, laser or water levels to check that this framework is horizontal. Ceiling panels are then fitted to the framework and cut and shaped to fit around lights and fittings using a variety of hand and power tools. They normally work from platforms, ladders or scaffolding.

Ceiling fixers may also fit insulation materials in the ceiling space before installing the panels. Some ceiling fixers also install relocatable wall and floor partitions and deal with raised flooring systems.

Hours and Environment

Ceiling fixers work a 39-hour week and may work overtime, including weekends. Their work is mainly indoors and includes working at heights, sometimes in cramped and confined spaces. The work involves lifting, carrying, bending and climbing ladders. Protective helmets, overalls and boots are worn.

Travel between sites is common, so a driving licence may be helpful.

Skills and Interests

To be a ceiling fixer you need:

  • to be able to understand technical plans and instructions
  • good manual skills, with the ability to work accurately and neatly
  • a good standard of arithmetic for measuring areas and calculating amounts of
  • materials
  • to be physically fit
  • the ability to work in a team or alone
  • good time management skills
  • an awareness of health and safety issues.


Entry

There are no set entry requirements, as most people are employed as trainees. Some employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades, or equivalent including English, maths, and design and technology. A background in more general construction as a labourer or trades person, such as a joiner, may be helpful in gaining an initial position with a company, although this is not essential.

For those outside the industry there may be the option to undertake a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Intermediate/Advanced Construction Award at a further education college. Check with CITB-Construction Skills and local colleges for details.

Some training schemes for young people may involve attending an initial interview and selection test.

A three-year Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS) is available. You are registered by an employer and earn a wage at the same time as following a structured training programme. Contact the CITB for details.

Training

Training is normally provided on the job with day or block release at local colleges or training providers.

There are NVQ/SVQs at levels 2 and 3 in Interior Systems validated by CITB-Construction Skills and City & Guilds.You complete mandatory units covering estimating, planning and setting out projects, calculating areas and amounts of materials, and implementing and maintaining health and safety guidelines. You then take optional units depending on which area you are working in. These are:

  • Ceiling Fixing
  • Relocatable Partitioning
  • Dry Lining
  • Access Flooring.


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

Opportunities

The majority of ceiling fixers are employed by companies which specialise in fitting suspended ceilings in commercial premises. Some ceiling fixers are self-employed. There may be prospects for promotion to supervisory level then construction management.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) agrees minimum wage rates annually.

Trainees earn between £7,100 and £13,000 a year, depending on the stage of training.
With qualifications, ceiling fixers can earn between £16,600 and £20,000.
Experienced ceiling fixers may earn up to £25,000 a year.

Overtime, shift allowances and bonuses will supplement income, while self-employed ceiling fixers negotiate their own rates.

Further information:

CITB-Construction Skills
Bircham Newton
Norfolk
PE31 6RH
TEL: 01485 577577
Web site: www.citb.org.uk


Other Useful Ceiling Fixer Work Information

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