Duct erectors and fitters install air flow systems within buildings, such as those used for air conditioning. They usually work on buildings during the construction phase as ducts tend to be an integral part of the framework.
The types of task a duct erector or fitter might perform would be to cut duct channels to size and join sections of the ducts through either welding or screw couplings. Using scaled plans and diagrams, they would be expected to accurately fit the ducts to the ceilings or walls and will often have a fitters mate or assistant fitter, to help with the fittings. Very useful skills would be fabrication welding and sheet metal work, as well as the ability to read scale diagrams and drawings.
Although formal qualifications are not normally required for this job, a duct fitter or erector is usually expected to have a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) card to provide potential staff with proof of competency and the ability to work to a safe standard. Most recruitment agencies and employers will not offer employment without this.
Wages for duct fitters and erectors tend to be between £10-£17 per hour, depending on region and experience. Fitters mates tend to earn between £8-£10 per hour.