Steel Erector

Job Description:

Steel erectors assemble the beams and girders that support the structure of buildings, stadiums, bridges and tunnels.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

What you will do:

In this job, you’ll:

  • follow instructions on engineering plans
  • guide steel loads that are being lifted into position
  • make sure steel sections and beams are level
  • bolt or weld steelwork together
  • fix metal decking into place
  • attach and check handrails and other safety features
  • operate and work from mobile high access platforms
  • dismantle steelwork on demolition jobs


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • 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 (teamwork skills)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • physical skills like movement and coordination
  • the ability to work well with your hands
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Entry Requirements:

To become a steel erector, specific subjects are not typically required. Steel erectors are skilled tradespeople who assemble and install steel structures, such as buildings, bridges, and industrial facilities. Their qualifications are primarily based on practical skills, hands-on training, and a strong understanding of construction principles.

Here are some subjects that can be helpful:

  1. Mathematics: Basic math skills are essential for measuring, calculating dimensions, and understanding construction plans, blueprints, and engineering drawings.
  2. Science: A foundational understanding of scientific principles can be beneficial for comprehending the properties of steel and other construction materials, as well as safety practices.
  3. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology or vocational training can provide hands-on experience and knowledge related to construction, welding, and metalwork.
  4. English Language: Good communication skills, including reading and understanding instructions and safety guidelines, are important in construction.
  5. Physical Education (PE): Steel erectors engage in physically demanding work, so being physically fit, agile, and having stamina is essential.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You could take a construction or engineering course at college. This could help you to find a trainee job with a building company.

UK Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Award in Skills for Engineering
  • Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations

You can get into this job by doing a:

  • structural steelwork erector intermediate apprenticeship
  • engineering construction erector-rigger advanced apprenticeship

Direct Application
You can apply directly for jobs if you have relevant experience and qualifications in construction or engineering.

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

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 47 to 49 hours a week, occasionally including evenings and weekend.

You could work on high rise buildings, on other structures or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be at height, physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers, noisy and cramped.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career Path & Progression:

As an experienced steel erector, you could become a site safety supervisor or engineering technician, or move into related areas like welding, scaffolding or training.