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Ceiling fixers install suspended ceiling systems in new and existing buildings, working from platforms or scaffolding which they may erect and dismantle themselves. They work from drawings, instruction sheets and site measurements and use a variety of tools.

Salaries

Ceiling fixers earn in the range of £300 – £400 per week, rising to £500 – £600 per week, with experience. Hourly rates range from the National Minimum Wage to £10 per hour.

Qualifications and Training

There are no formal academic qualifications necessary to become a ceiling fixer, although it is generally recommended to achieve a GCSE in Maths and English at grade C or above. However, there are some vocational qualifications that can help to gain a job including Level 2 S/NVQ in Interior Systems. Apprenticeships will usually involve work and college-based training, along with training in subjects like health and safety.

Role and responsibilites

Ceiling fixers install suspended ceiling systems in new and existing buildings, working from platforms or scaffolding which they may erect and dismantle themselves. They work from drawings, instruction sheets and site measurements and use a variety of tools.

Typical tasks include:

  • Using spirit/water levels and lasers to make sure framework is horizontal
  • Precise measuring to ensure the ceiling panels fit exactly
  • Working closely with other construction craft workers, particularly joiners and electricians
  • Being aware of the importance of health and safety
  • Travelling locally and nationally to various projects

Career Path

In the construction industry, it is possible to work up from craft-level positions to managerial roles, such as construction site manager or project manager. Employers will be more interested in those who have on-site experience, which can be gained through working as a labourer prior to starting. A successful labourer may find that their employer will support them through achieving their qualifications.