Setting out engineers act as the main technical adviser on a construction site for subcontractors and operatives.
The Role
  • Setting out, levelling and surveying the site
  • Overseeing quality control
  • Monitoring health and safety
  • Keeping a site diary
  • Arranging meetings to keep everyone involved informed of progress
  • Resolving any unexpected technical problems
  • Liaising between design engineers and the construction team, to ensure plans and drawings are accurate and achievable
  • Planning and organising work efficiently to meet deadlines is a key concern, especially when working with other consultants and/or sub-contractors engaged in a project
  • Working  around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm
  • Newly trained setting out engineers can earn in the region of £25,000£30,000
  • Trained with experience setting out engineers can earn in the region of £30,000£35,000
  • Senior Setting Out Engineers can earn in the region of £35,000£55,000
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
Usually, a BSc Honours Degree in an engineering field in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, will most likely be required. Some positions will require an engineering Masters Degree as well, or chartered status with a relevant engineering body. However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered.