Building envelope specialists install and repair non-structural coverings to buildings using a variety of materials such as wood, glass and metal.
The Role
  • Preparing work to be accomplished by studying assembly instructions, specifications and parts lists as well as gathering parts and materials
  • Positioning components according to drawings in assembly equipment
  • Assembling a product - fitting hardware and glazing units, examining for correct fit, applying sealants, fixings and finishing materials
  • Verifying specifications by measuring finished assembly
  • Ensuring all equipment is operational
  • Maintaining a safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Maintaining a supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level and anticipating needed supplies
  • Newly trained building envelope specialists can earn in the region of £17,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience building envelope specialists can earn in the region of £25,000 - £50,000
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed building envelope specialists set their own pay rates.
Qualifications & Training
There are no set qualifications that building envelope installers need to have studied at school to begin a career in the industry. GCSE or standard grades in Maths and English or the Welsh Baccalaureate are important as you will have to work to precise measurements and follow instructions carefully. You would normally move into the building envelope sector after gaining some work experience, possibly as a craftsperson. There is no recognised entry route to become an installer, although you could start your career on an apprenticeship scheme with a company and work your way up. As an apprentice, your employer would require you to work towards a recognised qualification such as an NVQ2 Certificate in Curtain Walling Installations. An installer may consider progressing to a become a supervisor, site manager or estimator.