​What is a Setting Out Engineer?

Setting Out Engineers use site plans, technology and precision instruments to pinpoint and mark structural features above and below ground before construction work begins construction projects. Setting Out Engineers use markers to indicate where structures are going to be installed, including access roads, foundations, gas, electricity and water facilities, and drainage systems.

What are the typical duties and activities for a Setting Out Engineer?

From employer to employer the job description of a Setting Out Engineer will vary, however typical duties and activities undertaken include:

  • Mapping structural boundaries on the ground using pegs and markers

  • Working with site plans, drawings and building information models.

  • Surveying a construction site

  • Check ground levels and excavation levels

Skills required to be a successful Setting Out Engineer

To be successful as a Setting Out Engineer, the below skills are important;

  • Knowledge of buildings and construction processes

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to read and interpret detail plans

  • Excellent spatial awareness

How can we help with your Setting Out Engineer job search?

For over 15 years we have specialised in securing contract and permanent opportunities for Setting Out Engineers across the Construction, Civils, Rail, Power and Telecoms sectors.

Working globally with the largest contractors, consultancies, along with many infrastructure owners and operators, we are ideally positioned to work with talented Setting Out Engineers and secure the market's leading Setting Out Engineer opportunities.

With a reputation for being experts in the sectors that we operate, we are also renowned for consistently delivering the right opportunities to our candidates, working proactively in order to give our candidates the edge in a competitive marketplace.

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​Cambridge is a city in the county of Cambridgeshire, England. Known for the famous University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209 this city has an estimated population of 158,434, which includes an estimated 29,327 students. Cambridge has seen numerous large scale construction projects over the past couple of years and has multiple large constructions projects in the pipeline, such as:

AstraZeneca - biomedical campus

After being given the go-ahead by Cambridge City Council, Construction of the facility, which will cost more than £500million to build in the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, began in spring 2015. Due to the company being a world leader in researching and manufacturing a range of drugs, this move is expected to bring new jobs and opportunities to the area.

Cambridge South station

Due to be completed in 2022, situated near Addenbrooke’s Hospital, this project will provide access to a major employment site that will support new homes and 16,000 existing and 7,000 new jobs.

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