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Introduction to a Career as a Construction Professional

Introduction to a Career as a Construction Professional

Interested in a career in Urban Design? We are always looking to strengthen our team with graduates and experienced professionals. There are a number of roles that make up the Urban Design Team:

The Role of Building Surveyor

The role of the Building Surveyor is unique amongst the other construction professionals, as they are concerned not only with the development and construction of the project but also with the continuing performance and lifetime care of buildings. Their work covers all types of construction including refurbishment, new build, conversion, extension and adaptation. Building Surveyors need to be able to communicate well, motivate themselves and manage the work of others as well as have a professional outlook and be able to meet strict deadlines.

The Role of the Architect

Architects design new buildings and convert and refurbish old buildings. Architecture is a demanding but rewarding occupation, involving practical innovation combined with artistic creativity. The process starts by turning ideas into sketches and, from these Architects and Architectural Technologists produce detailed drawings. These drawings are used by Contractors to build new houses, schools, etcome of the qualities needed to become an architect include being both artistic and scientific; being visually aware and able to think in three dimensions; being creative, curious, open-minded, logical and self critical; being caring and concerned about people and the environment; being a good organiser, able to manage and get on with people.

The Role of Architectural Technologist

Architectural Technologists provide the technical expertise on much of the detailed stage of the design, producing working drawings using computer aided design, usually working with Architects. Aspects of the work include site surveys, checking work progress and that work is carried out to a satisfactory level. Architectural Technologist often forms part of a team to work on large projects involving Surveyors and Structural Engineers.

The Role of Quantity Surveyor

The Quantity Surveyor provides expert advice to clients regarding all matters of measurement, cost, finance and the contract, from the initial idea/concept stage right through to the completion and final handover. They are involved in all types of construction works including new buildings, conversions, adaptations, extensions, refurbishment, demolition, landscaping and civil engineering. The Quantity Surveyor produces a detailed tender document detailing the work and materials involved in the construction of the project. They then obtain quotes from contractors to carry out the works.

The Role of the Site Investigation Engineer

Our Site Investigation Engineers are responsible for investigating everything below the ground. Their work often starts with a desk study to establish the historical use of the site. This would then be followed by an investigation where samples are recovered for geo technical and contamination testing. Once the reports are collated the Site Investigation Engineer can give detailed advice on the safe and economical development of the site, whatever the problem.

The Role of Structural Engineer

Structural Engineers are experts in the analysis and design of structures and the materials from which they are constructed. It is their responsibility to ensure that the building or structure is designed to safely sustain all appropriate loading. They supervise the construction of all types of structures such as houses, sports stadia, schools and swimming pools.

The Role of Energy Management

The Energy Management Group monitors, controls and advised on energy and water usage in all City Council non-housing buildings. Specialist skills are required to undertake energy audits, analyse consumption data, give advice on environmental issues and undertake promotional activity / educational seminars. This area of works is increasingly involved with climate change and sustainable development issues.

The Role of Electrical & Mechanical Engineer

The role of the Electrical & Mechanical Engineers is to design the environmental system in buildings such as lighting, heating and air conditioning to achieve the most enjoyable and pleasant conditions to work and live in. The Engineers take responsibility for the project from inception to feasibility, design and through to completion on site.

The Role of the Manager in the Building Industry

The building sector employs over one million people and indirectly another one and a half million people in manufacturing, distribution and transportation of plant materials. Professionals in building management are concerned with the design, construction and maintenance of all sorts of buildings, including housing, schools, offices, leisure centres, libraries, social services properties, etc... The modern Building Manager takes on responsibilities for the whole building team including the Project Manager, Contracts Manager, Estimator, Site Engineer, Quantity Surveyor and Planner.

The Role of Support Services

We, in Urban Design, have an extensive Support Services Team that provides admin services to technical staff. The work of Support Services includes text processing, financial and contract support, processing of payments and invoices and the provision of an emergency response service. The Support Service Team plays a key role in providing assistance across the Urban Design Team.

If youe interested in a career with Urban Design or would like to know more about the roles available then please contact: