Engineering construction craftworker

Job Description:

Engineering construction craftworkers fit and repair machinery and equipment in buildings and structures from oil rigs to sports stadiums.

Job Category:
Metals & Mining

What you will do:

Your day-to-day duties will depend on your job but you could:

  • fix girders and sections into place on construction projects
  • position and install pipes and ductwork
  • cut and weld metal plates and pipes
  • install heating and water systems in industrial and commercial buildings
  • cut, shape and assemble metal sheets and panels
  • service and repair machinery and tools
  • fit, test and repair electrical control panels, motors, valves and pumps


You’ll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
Illustration of employee looking at workspace

Entry Requirements:

To become an Engineering Construction Craftworker, you typically do not need specific subjects, but a good general education is important. Engineering Construction Craftworkers often enter the field through apprenticeships or vocational training programs, where they receive on-the-job training and specialised instruction. However, having a foundation in mathematics, English, and science can be beneficial for this career. Here are some considerations:

  1. Mathematics (Maths): Basic math skills are essential for measurements, calculations, and understanding technical drawings.
  2. English: Strong communication skills, including reading and writing, are important for understanding instructions, documenting work, and communicating with colleagues.
  3. Science: While not mandatory, having a basic understanding of science, particularly physics, can be helpful for understanding the principles behind construction techniques and materials.
  4. Design and Technology (D&T): If available, D&T courses can provide practical skills and insights into engineering and construction processes.
  5. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computers and digital tools can be beneficial for modern construction practices, including reading technical drawings and using software.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You could do a college course, which may help you to find a trainee craft position with a company once you finish.

Courses in the UK include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Operations
  • Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Practice
  • T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction
  • T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control

You could start by doing an engineering operative intermediate apprenticeship. The exact apprenticeship you do will depend on your area of work. Examples include:

  • welding
  • pipefitting
  • mechanical fitting
  • electrical installation

Direct Application
You could apply directly for craft jobs if you’ve got experience and qualifications from other areas of engineering, construction or the armed forces.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work on a rig, on a construction site or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and you’ll travel often.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could move into a chargehand or supervisory management role.

With further training, you could become a construction engineering or building services technician.