- On site, Hands-on, Team work, Heights
- Salary Range: £17,000 - £35,000
- Nation: Scotland
Steeplejacks are taught a huge variety of skills during their training and are competent in many different activities – all of which are a very long way off the ground.
Steeplejacks spend much of their time installing roof
conductors, down conductors and earth terminations on all types of
structures. These include industrial chimneys, power stations and
chemical works, church spires, bridges and high-rise buildings.
They also fit aircraft warning lights on tall structures,
replace roof glass, repair masonry, paint structures such as
bridges, dismantle or demolish tall chimneys or buildings and
inspect structures for damage after high winds, for example.
The work can be dangerous so steeplejacks are very aware of
safety issues, including the safety of those on the ground, and the
need to follow strict health and safety regulations at all
Not surprisingly, the most important attribute for this job is
to have no fear of heights, but you'll also need to be fit and have
a good sense of balance.
You'll need to be practical to use the tools and equipment, be
an excellent organiser, and work well as part of a team. Of
course, you'll also need to be able to follow strict safe working
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
Take a look at the range of progression opportunities
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)
Find out more about this
role from an apprentice's point of view.