Building technicians are involved in the construction of buildings and building works.
The Role
  • Assist with essential building tasks such as building plans and designs, budget management, assessing building project progression and monitoring the quality of supplies.
  • Primarily based in an office, though you will also have to make occasional site visits.
  • You can expect to work around 40 hours a week and may have to work some evenings and weekends – especially when deadlines need to be met.
Salary
  • Newly trained building technicians can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience building technicians can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000
  • Senior, chartered or master building technicians can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
In England and Wales there are no formal qualifications needed to become a building technician, though it is generally advised to complete a GCSE in mathematics and English at a grade 4 (C) or above or the Welsh equivalent, the Welsh Baccalaureate. Some building technicians will complete a HND in a construction-related field, while others may complete a construction apprenticeship. In Scotland some building technicians will opt for the part-time study route where they will "earn while they learn" to gain a HNC/HND. Entry for this route will require A-levels or Scottish Highers and will need to be supported by a construction employer.