- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of maths
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- design skills and knowledge
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- marking out and cutting wood, metal, glass and plastic to make units and fittings in a workshop
- estimating material quantities and costs, and preparing tenders and quotes for jobs
- preparing design plans
- measuring and setting out jobs on site
- paint spraying timber products
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
You could work at a client's business or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be physically demanding, cramped, you'll travel often, outdoors some of the time, dusty, noisy and at height.
With experience, you could move into a supervisory role, like chargehand or foreperson.
You could become a works manager, contract manager or shopfitting designer after further training, or set up your own shopfitting business.
You can find out more about careers in shopfitting from Go Construct.