​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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​Leicester is a town located in Leicestershire in the East Midlands. Lying on the River Soar, Leicester has an estimated population of 329,839 as of the 2011 census and covers an area of 28 square miles. Leicester has seen numerous large scale construction projects over the past couple of years and has multiple large constructions projects in the pipeline, such as:

New bus station at St Margaret’s

This project sees an ambitious £13.5million regeneration of Leicester’s St Margaret’s bus station and its surrounding streets. The construction of a striking new building to replace the old St Margaret’s bus station and creating more attractive routes for pedestrians and cyclists as part of a major scheme to revamp this part of the city centre.

£50 million mixed-use Leicester regeneration scheme

A £50 million mixed-use development set to catalyse regeneration in the Waterside area of Leicester has now been completed. As part of this huge project, the area saw the new development of two major new hotels, both operated by the Accor hospitality group. A 10-storey Novotel offers 154 bedrooms and a variety of indoor facilities including a gym, meeting rooms, and a ground floor bar and restaurant. While an Aparthotel Adagio boasts 95 luxury studio or one-bed apartments, spread over six floors.

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