Setting out engineers use sites plans, technology and precision instruments to pinpoint and mark structural features above and below ground before construction work begins.
They use clear markers to indicate where structures are going to be installed, including access roads, foundations, gas, electricity and water facilities, and drainage systems.
They ensure that workers on the site adhere to these markers.
Typical hours per week
40 - 42
How to become a setting out engineer
There are several routes to becoming a setting out engineer. You can gain the qualifications you need by completing a university course or an apprenticeship.
You should explore the options to find out which is the right one for you. Setting out engineers usually have several years’ experience in construction.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete an industry-accredited foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or undergraduate degree. Relevant subjects include :
Afterwards, you could apply to graduate trainee schemes with construction firms or engineering companies.
You could also study for a postgraduate award in engineering, as some employers will require this level of expertise.
You’ll generally need :
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16.
As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You could complete an apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment to start you on your career path to being a setting out engineer.
You could then do more specific setting out qualifications on-the-job once you gain a permanent position.
If you already have experience in one area of construction, such as bricklaying, you may be able to apply directly for a setting out role and then complete on-the-job training with your employer.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a setting out engineer.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone looking to become a setting out engineer include :
What does a setting out engineer do?
As a setting out engineer you will be responsible for getting a construction site ready for development. This can include working with detailed site plans and levelling the ground ready for work to begin.
The job role of a setting out engineer involves the following duties :
How much could you earn as a setting out engineer?
The expected salary for a setting out engineer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.