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Last Updated: March, 2017
|* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.|
Building technicians support and assist professionals and managers during building projects including drawing plans, estimating costs, planning methods of work and arranging sub-contractors.
Building technicians give technical support and assistance to professionals and managers involved in construction projects. Building technicians may work on a wide range of projects, from large-scale new building works such as office blocks and housing estates to small-scale extensions and alterations to part of a building.
The duties of a building technician combine office based work and on-site work. The amount of time spent in the office and on-site varies between employers. The building technician can work with architects, contractors, local government or industrial organisations.
In the office, building technicians use computer-aided design (CAD) packages to draw up plans and specifications for use by senior staff such as building surveyors. They draw details of foundations and overall layout and may need to produce designs for features such as doors and windows.
Using these plans, the building technician calculates the basic costs of the project, taking into account local factors such as the availability of certain building materials and the hire of specialist sub-contractors. Technicians must also use their knowledge of building materials to make sure that the range of materials can be safely combined.
When the building technician has calculated these initial costs, they are given to a senior manager or a quantity surveyor; they check the figures, allowing for additional factors, such as overheads and profit margins, in order to arrive at a final estimate. The building technician will usually be involved in site preparation before the job begins. This may involve installing site office, portable toilets etc.
As well as drawing up plans for a project, the building technician must make sure that they meet with national building regulations. Plans must also conform to local planning requirements, so the technician needs to talk to building control officers from the local council. Before new building or demolition can begin, the building technician must also check that it is acceptable to other bodies such as water, gas and electricity companies. They are also involved in materials specifications and testing. They survey and set out areas.
On the construction site, the building technician may accompany senior staff to meetings with the building contractor, sub-contractors, building inspector and the customer/client. An experienced technician may act alone, chair the meeting and play a leading role in co-ordinating the programme of work, defining areas of responsibility and discussing safety precautions.
As work progresses, the building technician visits the site to check for faults and works closely with the site engineer. In some organisations, the building technician may supervise repair work. But sometimes this is the responsibility of a building inspector who refers major problems to the technician.
As a building technician you need to be responsible, and reliable and accurate in your work. You need to be able to work well in a team and be able to work to schedule.
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|Organisation:||Construction Industry Federation|
|Address:||Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6|
|Tel:||(01) 406 6000|
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