Career outlook for demolition operative
UK Salary Ranges
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would safely demolish and dismantle old and derelict structures and buildings. You’d responsibly remove hazardous materials like asbestos so buildings are safe for people to use.
You’d remove items from a building or structure for salvage or recycling so they can be re-used.
As a labourer you would:
- Prepare the site
- Put up rails and safety screens
- Lay dustsheets
- Separate out re-usable building materials after demolition
As a mattockman / mattockwoman you would:
- Strip out fittings
- Remove doors and windows
- Dismantle roof structures
A topman/topwoman does all of the same tasks. In this role you would also:
- Cut steel framework at heights
- Strip off fragile roofs
- Instruct others in safe demolition practices
You would use tools like hammer drills, oxyacetylene cutting equipment, plant machinery and explosives.
You might also use crane-mounted industrial magnets to recover metals and burners to incinerate materials. You would put concrete slabs through crushers to make aggregate for building roads.
You would follow strict health and safety regulations at all times. You’d use your training to remove of hazardous materials like asbestos and toxic chemicals safely. A knowledge of construction methods will help you to take down buildings safely.
UK employment status
Search course options
Thinking about your future? There are lots of courses available that could interest you. Use our course search to explore course options.Find courses
Search job opportunities
If you're looking for your new career our job search can help you. Discover interesting opportunities and decide your next steps.Find a job
Here are some of the skills needed for this job. Sign in to see how your skills match up.
- Problem solving
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Managing resources
- Taking responsibility
Your skills can help you choose the career that's right for you. You can build your skills through work, study or activities you do in your spare time.
Our Skills Explorer tool will help you understand what skills you have and match them to jobs that might suit you.Use the Skills Explorer tool
Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you'll need.