What is a builder?

Builders carry out construction, maintenance, repair, renovation and remodelling work in the residential, commercial, institutional and industrial sectors. Builders must comply with strict safety regulations, including using and wearing protective equipment and ensuring the construction site is safe.

How to become a builder?

The first step to getting into this job is to make sure you are qualified. This can be a college course, apprenticeship, or just practical experience under the supervision of more experienced colleagues and acquire all the skills needed to work in construction.

You could start by taking a college course like:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations

Note: You’ll need Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.

Before applying for job, make sure your CV and cover letter is up to date and competitive.

Builder duties

There are many roles and responsibilities of a builder, including:

  • Preparing materials and tools to be used during the building process
  • Working with foreman to ensure that all local and federal regulations are met
  • Interpreting or organising plans that meet building code regulations and client specifications
  • Organising contractors including carpenters, electricians and plumbers, as well as undertaking some building work personally
  • Documenting all work, repairs, and adjustments according to protocol
  • Fixing or reporting any safety hazards before continuing work

Builder skills

To be an effective builder, you’ll need certain skills and competencies. The following are often cited in job vacancies:

  • Basic understanding of local building codes
  • Comfortable supervising and collaborating with third-party vendors
  • Good coordination skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Multitasker
  • Measurement and estimation skills
  • Ability to read technical drawings

How to find a builder job

Builder jobs are advertised online, in local newspapers and at your local jobcentre. To find all the builder jobs near you;

  • Search for builder jobs on popular job websites such as; Indeed, Total Jobs and CV Library
  • Use the DWP’s Find A Job Service
  • Check local newspapers and local Facebook groups, especially groups dedicated to local jobs

Builder Job Titles

When you search for builder jobs online, be aware that the jobs might be advertised using a different job title. Popular job titles for builder jobs include;

  • Constructor
  • Fabricator
  • Labourer
  • Construction worker
  • Craftsperson
  • Housebuilder

What does a builder do?

The job of a builder varies depending on the job role and the company you’re working for. Check the duties and responsibilities of builder job advertisements to find jobs that best suit your skills and experience. 

The day-to-day tasks of a builder include;

  • Keeping track of inventory and financials while building
  • Fixing or reporting any safety hazards before continuing work
  • Documenting all work, repairs, and adjustments according to protocol
  • Erecting and dismantling scaffolding