Technical Draughtsmen should consider Engineering Technician (EngTech) membership of the ICE or IStructE, and Design Engineers target Incorporated (IEng) membership. The minimum academic qualification for EngTech membership is an HND. The minimum academic requirement for IEng is a Bachelor’s Degree (BEng). If you want to pursue Chartership then you will have to complete a Master’s degree (MEng). Experience as a scaffolder is not necessary but can be invaluable in helping you to translate and build the scaffold you design in your mind.
Role: Their role is to design scaffolding structures to support construction work on a variety of projects. The role involves surveying the site, attending design meetings, working on Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems, undertaking design calculations and risk assessments and having expertise in tubular structures. They also provide scaffolding and temporary works design schemes including the production of detailed design drawings, structural calculations and design risk assessments.
Typical day: Working closely with the CAD team, Contracts Managers and Supervisors, the design engineers develop designs and engineering expertise to ensure the safe and timely erection and removal of scaffolding structures.
Key skills: Creative, disciplined and organised with good communication abilities to ensure that ideas are executed efficiently and to ensure compliance. Patient, methodical with an aptitude for technology and the ability to adapt to new techniques, methodologies and computer programs.
Application process: Directly to the company or through other traditional channels such as recruitment agencies (particularly specialist construction agencies), Jobcentre Plus, the National Careers Service, Job Boards (e.g. Indeed) or via advertisements in newspapers.
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