Job type

Steel erector

£18k - £35k

Typical salary

35 – 49

Hours per week

A steel erector assembles the metal framework of buildings and structures like bridges and tunnels.

More info

  • Assemble the metal framework of buildings and structures
  • You'll need the ability to follow engineering instructions
  • You could become a site supervisor or engineering technician

As a steel erector you'll install and fix steel girders, pipework and beams that make up the framework of buildings and large structures.


  • Guiding steel loads into position
  • Following engineering instructions
  • Making sure steel sections are level
  • Bolting or welding steelwork together
  • Fixing hand rails and other safety features
  • Working from mobile high access platforms as the structure goes up
  • Dismantling steelwork on demolition jobs


You'll mainly work outdoors and at height, and you'll need to be physically fit. Your employer will provide you with personal safety equipment and you may need a driving licence to drive between jobs.

You'll work on projects like office developments, factories, bridges and sports stadiums.

You'll need

This role requires the ability to follow engineering instructions and plans, communication skills and practical skills.

There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may look for GCSEs in subjects like maths, English, science and technology.

You could take a construction or engineering qualification at college like a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills or Level 2 Award in Skills for Engineering. This could help you to find a trainee job with a company when you finish.

Alternatively you can get into this job through a structural steelwork erector intermediate apprenticeship. You could also do an engineering construction erector-rigger advanced apprenticeship.

You'll have an advantage if you've got a powered access licence to work with mobile elevated platforms.

You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.


With experience, you could become a site supervisor or engineering technician, or move into related areas like welding, site health and safety or training.