What does a clerk of works do?
A clerk of works oversees the quality and safety of work on a construction site, making sure that building plans and specifications are being followed correctly. Duties include:
- performing regular inspections of the work on site and comparing completed work with drawings and specifications
- measuring and sampling building materials to check their quality
- recording results
- identifying defects and suggesting ways to correct them
- liaising with other construction staff, such as contractors, engineers and surveyors
- monitoring and reporting progress to construction managers, architects and clients
You may also be responsible for supervising the workforce on the building site during a project.
What do I need to do to become a clerk of works?
You would gain experience in the construction or civil engineering industries at craft or technician level. You could look for work as a trainee with a company after taking a HNC, HND, foundation degree (these are a blend of vocational and academic learning) or degree in construction or engineering.
- HNC, HND, foundation degree or degree in construction or engineering
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?You would have a site office, but spend most of your time outside on site. You could be making inspections at heights from scaffolding or ladders, or underground, for example, in tunnel construction.
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