​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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​Preston is the administrative centre on Lancashire, which obtained its city status in 2002. In 2011 the estimated population of Preston was 122,719 and was a boomtown of the industrial revolution becoming a a highly populated engineering centre. Preston has seen numerous construction projects over the past couple of years and has multiple large constructions projects in the pipeline, such as:

£200m University Development - Preston Campus

Preston campus is set to be transformed, which will include an Engineering Innovation Centre. This project is set to spark major regeneration and business investment in the university quarter, which will further benefit Preston and the surrounding areas. 

£18m Friargate Regeneration Project

This ambitious mixed-use development scheme is set to create a 253 bedroomed building, which is aimed at providing hotel style accommodation to students at the University of Central Lancashire.  

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