​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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​London is the capital of England and is the most populous city in the United Kingdom. London stands on the River Thames and is governed by the Mayor of London and London Assembly. It was estimated in 2015 that the population was over 8,500,000.  London is a leading global city in arts, finance, professional services and construction and over the past decade has seen some of the largest construction projects in the world, such as:

The Shard

This landmark tower was the first in the UK to break the 1000 ft barrier. At nearly twice the size of the Gherkin, the Shard is one of the tallest buildings in Europe. The cost of the project was in excess of £1.2bn, which also included major refurbishment of the the train and bus station. 

The Leadenhall Building

Also known as the cheesegrater, this 48 floor tower cost in the region of £286m to build. It features a 90 ft high atrium, glass lifts and despite the height of the building only offers 500,000 sq ft of floorspace due to its unusual profile. 

20 Fenchurch Street

Also known as the Walkie Talkie, this 36 floor tower offers a sky garden set over floors 35, 36 and 37, which offers uninterrupted views across London. The tower cost £200m and is distinctively top heavy.

Crossrail

Work on the Crossrail began in 2009 and was confirmed in 2014 that the £14.8bn project would extend to Reading. The project is set to be complete in 2019.

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