Preconstruction and Design

Preconstruction & Design Jobs

  • Architect

    Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them. They also work on the restoration and conservation of existing buildings. They manage the construction process, control budgets and deal with planning issues.

    If you are well organised, creative and interested in buildings and construction, this could be the perfect job for you.

    To be an architect you will have to complete a five-year university course and complete at least two years' professional experience.

    Architects need to be methodical and logical, and have design and computer/CAD skills. They also need to be able to work closely with other construction professionals.

    Starting Salary: £18000

  • Building surveyor

    Building surveyors advise clients about the design and construction of new buildings. They also advise on the maintenance and repair of existing buildings. Clients can range from home owners to large commercial and industrial companies. If you are interested in buildings and like the idea of a varied job where expert advice is key, this could be perfect for you.

    To be a building surveyor, you should have good problem-solving skills. You will need strong communication and presentation skills. You will also need to be able to understand your client's business needs.

    To qualify as a building surveyor, you will need to complete a degree course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

    Starting Salary: £17000

  • Estimator

    Estimators work out how much it is going to cost to supply products and services to their clients.

    If you've a good head for facts and figures, like being part of a team and want a varied job, this might be a career to suit you.

    To do this job well, you'll need excellent maths and IT skills, the ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and an organised approach.

    You can become a junior estimator and work your way up if you have a good general standard of education. Another option is to take a college or university course which covers some of the skills needed to do the job, then apply for work afterwards.

    Starting Salary: £18000

  • Landscape architect

    If you've got design skills and an interest in the environment and conservation, this job could suit you.

    Landscape architects, sometimes known as landscape designers, design, plan, create and manage landscapes, for example in public parks, areas around public buildings, reclaimed industrial sites, new roads and motorways, and housing developments.

    In this job you would need to combine creativity with a practical approach. You would need IT skills to use computer aided design programs. You would also need technical and scientific knowledge.

    To get into this job you will need a recognised degree or postgraduate qualification in landscape architecture.

    Starting Salary: £20000

  • Project manager

    Project managers plan and organise resources and people to make sure projects finish on time, stay within budget and meet the requirements of the business. They work in all industries from construction to IT.

    If you are good at juggling several tasks at the same time, have excellent 'people' skills and can lead a team, this may be the career for you.

    To get into this job, you'll need some experience of working on projects, for example as part of a project support team. Qualifications will also help, in particular, PRINCE2 certification

    Starting Salary: £25000

  • Quantity surveyor

    As a quantity surveyor you would play a key role in a building project, managing the costs from the early design plans, through to the building's completion. You would make sure that projects meet legal and quality standards, and that clients get good value for their money.

    If you have a good knowledge of construction methods and materials, are well organised and want a professional level job, this job could be ideal for you.

    You will need a degree or professional qualification accredited by the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to qualify. You may also be to qualify by studying part-time whilst working in as a surveying technician.

    Starting Salary: £20000



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