Position and install fabricated steel structures

Business Sectors (Suites): Fabricating Steel Structures (Plating)
Developed by: ECITB
Approved on: 14 Dec 2020


This standard is about positioning and installing fabricated steel structures to specification in the engineering construction industry.

You will need to be able to position and install plating *and *related plant, equipment and systems to the required standard whilst adhering to health safety and environmental legislation, regulations and safe working practices.

In the context of this standard, your responsibility is to interpret and work within given specifications, selecting techniques and making variations to achieve the best possible result. In some cases, you may still be expected to refer to others for final authorisation, even though you remain responsible for identifying and implementing decisions.

This standard is for

This standard is for Platers.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. work safely at all times, comply with health and
    safety, environmental and other relevant legislation, regulations, guidelines
    and local rules or procedures
  2. ensure that the work
    environment, material, tools and equipment are
    correctly prepared for the work activities to be undertaken
  3. follow the
    relevant engineering drawings, specifications and quality standards 
  4. ensure
    appropriate temporary support systems are put in place for the task
    in hand
  5. position, install and secure the fabricated steel structures and
    respective components in their correct positions in accordance with the
    specification and instructions
  6. ensure foreign
    material exclusion procedures are carried out 
  7. ensure all
    necessary connections to the fabricated steel structures are complete 
  8. ensure that all
    relevant fabricated steel structures, equipment and systems are free from
  9. ensure that the fabricated steel structures are protected from the
    environment and potential damage 
  10. check the fabricated
    steel structures are complete and to the required specification, then follow
    the required handover procedures
  11. reinstate
    the work area

deal promptly and effectively with problems within your control and report those that have been and those that cannot be solved

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. relevant
    legislative, regulatory and local requirements or procedures and safe working
    practices including your responsibilities with regards to reporting lines and procedures
  2. preparation and
    reinstatement requirements for positioning and installing plating in respect of
    the work area, materials and equipment and the possible consequences of
    incorrect actions in these areas 
  3. relevant engineering
    drawings, related specifications and quality standards
  4. installation methods and
    techniques including:

    1. the tools used
    2. how to ensure temporary
      support systems are put in place, where required  
  5. ensure the condition of
    the installed steelwork

  6. the tools used for
    positioning and installing fabricated steel structures
  7. the types of defects that
    may be found and what to do if any are found
  8. the techniques for
    foreign material exclusion and the importance of this
  9. tool and equipment control:  the correct use of
    relevant tools and equipment and your individual responsibility for the use,
    care and security of those you use


Work environment
Typical work environments could include:
• engineering construction sites
• controlled operations
• offshore installations
• maintenance sites
• nuclear sites
• repair sites

 Work environments may be open or restricted spaces: 
• at height
• confined spaces
• control rooms
• controlled operational and offshore installations
• designated work areas
• explosive atmospheres
• existing plants and structures
• fabrication workshops
• in plant rooms
• inside structures, system and plant
• on access structures (scaffold)
• on open structures
• onshore and offshore installations
• shafts
• shipyards
• tunnels

Reinstate the work area
This term could include:
• returning the work area to a safe condition
• removing barriers
• sweeping up
• correctly disposing of waste materials
• completing all necessary documentation
• storing re-usable materials, consumables and equipment in   accordance with appropriate procedures

Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Version Number


Indicative Review Date

14 Dec 2024





Originating Organisation

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

Original URN


Relevant Occupations


SOC Code



plating; engineering drawings; specifications; tools; engineering; construction; plating; Installing plating components, steel structures; fabrication