Steeplejack or lightning conductor engineer

lightning conductor engineer

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Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would fit lightning protection systems and carry out building and repair work at heights. You would work on industrial chimneys, power station cooling towers, church spires, high-rise buildings and bridges.

You might also work on restoring old monuments like castles.

You would:

  • Install lightning conductors on buildings
  • Fit aircraft warning lights on tall structures
  • Replace roof glass
  • Repair stonework
  • Paint structures such as bridges
  • Demolish tall chimneys or buildings
  • Check structures for damage

You would reach your work areas using:

  • Access ladders and scaffolding
  • Mobile work platforms (cradles)
  • Traditional bosun's seats (harnesses)
  • Industrial rope access (abseiling)

After each job, you would take apart equipment and rigging and return it to ground level.

This work can be dangerous and you would need to follow strict safe working practices at all times.

Working conditions


You would normally work around 40 hours a week, but your hours may vary with the demands of the job. Shifts and overtime, including evenings and weekends, are often required.


You would mainly work outdoors, at heights and in all weather conditions. You could get very dusty, for example when working inside industrial chimneys. You would use protective equipment and headgear on all jobs.


You would be expected to travel from job to job and some contracts may require overnight stays away from home.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Resilience
  • Cooperating
  • Listening
  • Evaluating
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Concentrating
  • Developing a plan
  • Risk taking
  • Taking initiative

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.


You would do a Modern Apprenticeship run by Construction Skills and the Steeplejack and Lightning Protection Training Group.

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this Modern Apprenticeship but most employers value a good general education including English and maths. Some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5.

You usually have to take an aptitude test including literacy, maths and problem-solving assessments as part of the entry process.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Practical technologies subject

You will also need

  • To have an excellent head for heights
  • To have a good sense of balance
  • To be physically fit and agile

You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent and pass a health and safety test to train or work on construction sites.

A driving licence may be required for some jobs.

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show practical skills such as Skills for Work Construction Crafts (SCQF level 4/5).