Ceiling fixers install suspended ceilings and hide and protect unsightly and potentially dangerous materials such as wiring, pipework, heating and air-conditioning systems.
The Role
  • Setting out, cutting and fixing the aluminium framework to support the new ceiling
  • Checking that the framework is horizontal, using spirit, laser or water levels
  • Fitting ceiling panels to the framework
  • Cutting and shaping panels to fit around lights and other fixtures
  • Almost all of your work will be indoors and can be physically demanding
  • You will need to be physically fit enough to be able to stand for many hours at a time, and be able to lift and carry heavy materials
  • A typical working week would be around 39 hours per week, although there may be times where you would need to work overtime
  • Newly trained ceiling fixers can earn in the region of £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience ceiling fixers can earn in the region of £20,000 - £35,000
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Self-employed ceiling fixers set their own pay rates.
Qualifications & Training
There are no formal qualifications needed to become a ceiling fixer. However it is generally recommended to complete Standard Grades/National 4 or 5s/GCSEs in English, mathematics and a technological subject. Experience in woodworking or building work is useful but not essential. Some ceiling fixers may complete a SVQ/NVQ Level 2 in Interior Systems to enter the profession, while others may complete a construction apprenticeship for a ceiling fixer firm.