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Engineering Construction Craft Worker 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 Engineering Construction Craft Worker. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Engineering Construction Craft Worker
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Engineering Construction Craft Worker Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Engineering construction craft workers work in a variety of sectors within the engineering construction industry. These include: oil and gas refineries, pipelines and offshore rigs,water collection, treatment and distribution, environmental waste disposal and recycling, food production, storage and distribution, power generation, pharmaceutical products and hospital equipment, industrial chemicals for water treatment and other processing.

Practical skills required for these areas include:

  • steel erecting - putting up industrial frameworks or buildings
  • mechanical fitting - assembling, installing and maintaining complex machinery
  • plating, cutting and shaping sheets of metal plate then assembling them. Platers are also responsible for inspecting and checking platework, and for simple welding
  • pipefitting
  • welding.

Hours and Environment

The basic working week is 38 hours, but this varies depending on the type of work and deadlines. Overtime may be available. On offshore rigs, shiftwork is common involving twelve hours on and twelve hours off for two weeks, followed by a two or three-week rest period ashore.

As a craft worker you may work in a company fabrication shop or an engineering construction site. Craft workers may have to move from job to job, and can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas for many months at a time. Much of the work is done outdoors in all weather conditions; sometimes work is underground or at great heights. The work can be physically demanding.

Skills and Interests

As a craft worker in engineering construction, you should:

  • have good hand-to-eye co-ordination
  • have good concentration
  • be able to work without direct supervision
  • work well as part of a team
  • have high standards of accuracy
  • understand technical drawings
  • have a good level of general fitness
  • be good at maths and computer skills
  • have good hearing, eyesight and normal colour vision
  • be aware of health and safety issues.


For engineering craftsperson you will need four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-4), including maths and English. In Scotland, evidence of a good standard of education and S grades in maths, science and technology subjects are preferred.

Other qualifications are also helpful, such as a relevant BTEC first award, SQA national certificate modules or an Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQ level II. You may also have to pass tests in technical and mechanical understanding, as well as in English and maths.

With these qualifications you can apply for training as an apprentice through a Modern Apprenticeship. Most apprentices come in at 16 to 18, but you can join up to 24. You would be either a mechanical apprentice or a multiskilled apprentice.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
You can train as an adult through the National Skills Development Scheme (NSDS), which allows employers to recruit new staff or re-train existing staff. Developed by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), it leads to craft status for unskilled and semi-skilled adults.

There are no age barriers for starting, no minimum education standard or qualifications are required, and no previous experience is necessary. However, you must already be employed in the industry.

Adults can gain recognition of their skills and experience by working towards NVQs/SVQs. There is open access to NVQs/SVQs - no academic qualifications are required, and there are no age limits.

Past experience can be put forward as evidence of competence, through Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).


Most of your training will be done on the job. For jobs such as fitting or erecting there may be initial training in a training workshop, in reading technical drawings or using machine tools. You may also be given short courses away from the workplace, for instance to learn how to use a specific machine or a fork-lift truck.

As an apprentice, you would follow the National Apprenticeship Scheme for Engineering Construction (NASEC). At a training centre you would begin by learning general engineering skills: health and safety, using and interpreting mechanical engineering drawings, measuring and marking out, identifying engineering materials, cutting and shaping materials, and mechanical assembly. You would then go on to specialised study.

Once on a scheme you will be able to work towards a vocational qualification - an NVQ/SVQ level 3 - in your specialist skill. You could also study for a City & Guilds or BTEC/SQA certificate.

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).


The engineering construction industry employs thousands of people and employment opportunities are good.

Once you have become a skilled craft worker, you can study further to go on to become a site foreman/woman, designer or technician. From there, you can progress further into management.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

There are no set salary rates for engineering craft workers.
You are likely to start on about £12,000.
Experienced craft workers earn around £18,000.
Senior workers can earn up to £20,000.

Further information

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) *
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682

The Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE)
Savoy Hill House
Savoy Hill
Tel: 020 7836 3357

NASEC Administration, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) *
Blue Court
Church Lane
Kings Langley
Tel: 01923 402111

The Welding Institute (TWI)
Granta Park
Great Abington
Tel: 01223 891162

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

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