Building technician
Building Planning & Surveying

Building technicians support and assist professionals and managers during building projects. The work includes drawing plans, estimating costs, planning methods of work and arranging sub-contractors.

Work Activities

Building technicians give technical support and assistance to professionals and managers involved in construction projects.

The duties of a building technician combine office-based and on-site work. The amount of time spent in the office and on-site varies between employers.

Building technicians might spend a lot of their time costing projects. They'd need to work out things like, how much labour and materials will cost. They'd also need to negotiate with suppliers to try to get the best deal possible for their company.

When the building technician has calculated the initial costs, they are given to a senior manager or a quantity surveyor; they check the figures, allowing for additional factors, such as overheads and profit margins, in order to arrive at a final estimate.

As well as working out how much a project will cost, building technicians must also make sure that the plans meet with national building regulations. Plans must also conform to local planning requirements, so the technician needs to talk to building control officers from the local council.

Before new building or demolition can begin, the building technician must also check that it is acceptable to other bodies such as water, gas and electricity companies.

On the construction site, the building technician may accompany senior staff to meetings. An experienced technician may act alone, chair the meeting and play a leading role in co-ordinating the programme of work.

As work progresses, the building technician visits the site to check for faults and works closely with the site engineer. In some organisations, the building technician may supervise repair work. They might also have to supervise the craft construction workers.

Personal Qualities and Skills

  • To be responsible, reliable and accurate in your work.
  • Some knowledge of the construction industry.
  • A decent level of literacy and numeracy.
  • To be aware of the importance of health and safety in the industry.
  • Good IT skills.
  • To be a good teamworker.
  • Strong communication skills.

Pay And Opportunities

Typical employers of building technicians

  • surveying and civil engineering practices
  • building contractors or property developers
  • local government
  • large public bodies such as health authorities
  • building surveying practices
  • architecture practices.

Qualifications

Entry routes and training

There are a variety of ways to get into this job – either via an apprenticeship, getting a qualification such as a diploma, HND or degree in a related subject (this could be construction, built environment or surveying) or applying directly to a construction company.

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