Setting out engineers act as the main technical adviser on a construction site for subcontractors and operatives.
Setting out, levelling and surveying the site
Overseeing quality control
Monitoring health and safety
Keeping a site diary
Arranging meetings to keep everyone involved informed of progress
Resolving any unexpected technical problems
Liaising between design engineers and the construction team, to ensure plans and drawings are accurate and achievable
Planning and organising work efficiently to meet deadlines is a key concern, especially when working with other consultants and / or sub-contractors engaged in a project
Working around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm
Newly trained setting out engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 £30,000
Trained with experience setting out engineers can earn in the region of £30,000 £35,000
Senior Setting Out Engineers can earn in the region of £35,000 £55,000
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Qualifications and Training
Usually, a BSc Honours Degree in an engineering field in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, will most likely be required.
Some positions will require an engineering Masters Degree as well, or chartered status with a relevant engineering body.
However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered.