- On site, Hands-on, Team work, Heights, Building
- Salary Range: £17,000 - £35,000
- Nation: Scotland
Lightning conductor engineers fit lightning protection systems. They could work on industrial chimneys, power station cooling towers, church spires, high-rise buildings or bridges. They also commission and test new protection systems.
Lightning conductor engineers install a variety of lightning
protection and earthing installations. They are carefully designed
to direct the energy from lightning away from a building or
structure so no damage is caused.
They also carry out repairs, maintenance and renovation work at
high levels; working on industrial chimneys, power station cooling
towers, church spires, castles, high-rise buildings and
Lightning conductor engineers reach high work areas using access
ladders and scaffolding, mobile work platforms (cradles),
traditional Bosun's seats (harnesses) and industrial ropes
(abseiling). Once the job is completed, they dismantle the
equipment and rigging then return it all to ground level.
Not surprisingly, the most important attributes for a lightning
conductor engineer are a head for heights, a good sense of balance
and a good level of fitness. Practical skills for using tools and
equipment are also very important.
You'll be working outside in all weathers and you need to follow
strict safe working practices. Excellent organisational and team
working skills will also help.
There are no formal requirements although it would help to have
Maths and English Standard Grades.
(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and
experienced person might expect to get.)
£17,000 - £35,000
If you decide to progress into supervisory, design or management
roles there are opportunities to study for:
- Technical, supervisory and management SVQ qualifications
(SCQF Levels 6 to11)
- HNC Construction or a number of other built environment HNC/HND
qualifications (SCQF Levels 7 or 8)
- Degree level qualifications in a number of construction
disciplines (SCQF Levels 9 to 12)