Building SurveyorJob Description:
Building surveyors advise clients about the design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings.Job Category:
What you will do:
In your day-to-day duties you could:
- survey properties, identify structural faults and recommend repairs
- assess damage for insurance purposes
- establish who’s responsible for building repair costs
- advise clients on issues like property boundary disputes
- act as an expert witness during legal proceedings
- make sure properties meet building regulations, fire safety and accessibility standards
- deal with planning applications and improvement or conservation grants
- knowledge of building and construction
- knowledge of public safety and security
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- a graduate training scheme
You’ll usually need a degree or professional qualification in a subject like:
- civil engineering
- building engineering
If you graduated in any other subject, you could do a surveying postgraduate conversion course. These usually lead to a master’s degree or postgraduate diploma.
Entry requirements vary, so check with individual universities which degrees might be preferred.
You could do a chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship.
It may be possible to work towards this role by doing a surveying technician apprenticeship. This will teach you some of the skills and knowledge required. You would then need to take further qualifications to gain chartered surveyor status.
If you have a relevant foundation degree or higher national diploma and are working, for example as a surveying technician, you may be able to get more qualifications on the job.
You could do a postgraduate surveying qualification through a company graduate trainee scheme
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 38-40 hours of work. You could be required to work between 8am and 6pm.
You could work on a construction site, at a client’s home or in an office. Your working environment may be at height, outdoors in all weathers and you may spend nights away from home. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could move into project or senior management.
You could go into partnership in private practice or become self-employed as a consultant.
You could move into a related field, like building control.