Steeplejacks tackle building and repair work that needs to be done high above the ground.
The Role
  • Installing lightning conductors
  • Fitting aircraft warning lights, replace roof glass, repair masonry and paint structures such as bridges
  • Demolishing tall chimneys or buildings
  • Checking for damage on buildings after heavy weather such as high winds
  • Reporting on problems and recommending solutions to architects, surveyors and engineers
Salary
  • Newly trained Steeplejacks can earn in the region of £19,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience Steeplejacks can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000
  • Senior or Master Craft Steeplejacks can earn higher salaries
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and any overtime that you may do. Self-employed access floorers set their own pay rates.
Qualifications & Training
There are no formal entry requirements to be a steeplejack, but GCSEs or Standard Grades in Maths, English, Science or Design and Technology are useful.  In Wales, you might consider the WJEC GCSE in Construction, or the Welsh Baccalaureate. You need ability in maths and a basic understanding of electrical theory to be a lightning conductor engineer. A good way to start a career as a steeplejack is with an apprenticeship. You would work towards relevant Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) or National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Levels 2 and 3, including Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) - Steeplejack.  Once you have completed an apprenticeship you can apply to upgrade your CSCS trainee card to a Skilled Worker card.