What's involved

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 times.

Skills required

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 practices.

Qualifications required

There are no formal requirements although it would help to have Maths and English Standard Grades.

Salary ranges

(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and experienced person might expect to get.)

£17,000 - £35,000

Progression routes

Take a look at the range of progression opportunities available.

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.