Ceiling Fixer

Job Description:

Ceiling fixers fit suspended ceilings in buildings to cover pipework, wiring, heating and air conditioning systems.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

What you will do:

As a ceiling fixer, you could:

  • Read technical drawings to plan the tasks on a job
  • Work from access platforms, ladders or scaffolding
  • Measure, set out and cut aluminium frameworks that hold ceiling panels
  • Fit insulation materials into ceiling spaces
  • Use hand and power tools to install panels
  • Trim panels to fit around fixtures like lights
  • Create gaps for tradespeople, like electricians, to get access
  • Fit partitioning, dry lining or raised access flooring
  • Check the quality of work


You’ll need:

  • Knowledge of building and construction
  • Knowledge of maths
  • To be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • The ability to work well with others
  • The ability to work well with your hands
  • Physical skills like lifting, bending and carrying
  • The ability to work well with your hands
  • Physical skills like lifting, bending and carrying

Restrictions and Requirements

You’ll need to:

  • have a good level of fitness
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Entry Requirements:

To become a ceiling fixer, specific GCSE subjects are not typically required, however, basic math skills are required for measurements, calculations, and layout planning.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • A college course
  • An apprenticeship
  • Applying directly

You could take a college course which may help you to get a trainee job. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations
  • Level 2 Diploma in Interior Systems
  • Level 2 Diploma in Dry Lining

Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements for these courses vary.

You could complete an interior systems installer intermediate apprenticeship.

This typically takes 24 months to complete as a mix of learning in the workplace and off-the-job study.

Entry requirements

  • High school qualifications, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

Direct Application

  • You could apply directly to work as a ceiling fixer.
  • Employers may ask for high marks at grades 9 to 12 in English, maths and design and technology.
  • Experience as a construction labourer or tradesperson will be helpful.


Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 42 to 44 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends.

You could work at a client’s business, at a client’s home or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be cramped and at height.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could:

  • Move into site supervision
  • Get a manager position
  • Set up your own business