Steel erectors


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Steel erectors fit and erect structural metal framework for buildings and other structures such as metal chimneys.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, though GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. Entry is typically through an apprenticeship or traineeship approved by ConstructionSkills and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board leading to an NVQ/SVQ in General Construction at Level 3.

Typical tasks

  • examines drawings and specifications to assess job requirements;
  • erects ladders, scaffolding or working cage;
  • directs hoisting and positioning of girders and other metal parts and checks alignment;
  • arranges for or undertakes bolting and welding of metal parts;
  • checks alignment of metal parts using spirit level and plumb-rule.

Common job titles

Erector, tower
Fabricator, steel
Erector, girder
Fitter and erector (constructional engineering)
Erector, staircase, iron
Fighter, iron
Erector, steelwork
Worker, steel (structural engineering)
Erector, sheeter
Constructor, steel
Erector, furnace
Erector, structural
Worker, iron (constructional engineering)
Erector, chimney, metal
Climber (constructional engineering)
Engineer, constructional
Erector, plate, steel
Erector (coal mine: above ground)
Erector (engineering: structural)
Erector, steel
Steelworker (structural engineering)
Erector, ironwork