Careers in Construction

The world of construction encompasses a wide range of jobs, many of which you don’t need specific qualifications for. For example a labourer doesn’t need to hold any qualifications but needs to have a number of attributes in order for him/her to do their job well such as physical fitness and physical strength. A construction foreman also doesn’t need any specific qualifications but will require people skills, organisations skills and be health and safety conscious.

That doesn’t mean to say that qualifications aren’t desirable, of course they are as it shows commitment to the role and career as a whole. In this article we take a look at some of the qualifications that construction personnel might have and ones which can help plan a successful career in construction.

Construction encompasses a wide range of roles

Construction encompasses a wide range of roles

Architectural Qualifications
One of the fundamental roles at the planning stage is completed by Architects. It is their job to have the vision for the final outcome of the building. They need to think not only about the aesthetic properties of the building but the structure of it too. This usually involves a great deal of mathematical work. Usually in order to do this, Architects have a formal qualification such as an Architecture degree which can be obtained through a University or Open University course.

Architects are expected to hold formal qualifications

Architects are expected to hold formal qualifications

Building Services/Studies Courses
There are a range of qualifications available from City and Guilds to foundation degrees and beyond that are referred to as Building Services or Building Studies qualifications. These are usually quite broad in subject matter and can include everything from electrical installation to plumbing and ventilation. The courses are generally about how to make buildings work for their purpose as opposed to their overall aesthetic design.

City & Guilds courses are popular for construction training

City & Guilds courses are popular for construction training

Electrical Engineering Qualification
If you want to pursue a career in construction that involves electrics, you will need either “on the job” training through an apprenticeship or a formal qualification in electrical engineering. This is due to the highly dangerous nature of electricity and the considerable health and safety aspects of the role.

Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Qualifications
Some people the construction inducts will have a formal engineering qualification. Depending on the focus of the course, anything can be covered from design and maintenance of machinery right through to the structure design and implementation of buildings.

Project Management Qualification
For those responsible for keeping a construction project on track, a project management qualification might be useful within the construction industry. Most construction work is subject to large budgets and specific deadlines, however due to the nature of the number of different elements such as manufacturing of components, external erection, interior fit and all the electrical wiring etc. that goes into creating a fully functional building, there are times when problems occur, especially in poor weather and deadlines slip. A project management qualification gives construction workers a background in how to management the project including health and safety implications, rescheduling a project and a number of other important aspects.

A humorous image, but construction is a serious business and needs suitably qualified professionals

A humorous image, but construction is a serious business and needs suitably qualified professionals

Whether or not qualifications are required and if so, the type of qualifications that are required will therefore be based on the specific role within the construction industry you are looking for. It’s always well worth obtaining a qualification to help find that next job and also to progress “up the ladder” in your construction career.

 

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