Support the positioning and installation of equipment and systems in engineering construction

Business Sectors (Suites): Supporting Activities in Engineering Construction
Developed by: ECITB
Approved on: 02 Mar 2021


‚ÄčThis standard is about supporting the positioning and installation of equipment and systems in engineering construction activities.

You will need to be able read and extract basic information from drawings and specifications in order to assist in the installation of equipment and systems in engineering construction whilst adhering to health and safety legislation, regulations and safe working practices.

In the context of this standard, your responsibility is limited to working within clearly defined procedures and following instructions from trade/craft personnel.  In some cases, you may still be expected to refer to others for final authorisations, even though you remain responsible for identifying and implementing decisions within the limits of your responsibility.

This standard is for
This standard is for those that are supporting activities in engineering construction.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. work safely at all times, complying with health, safety, environment and other relevant legislation, regulations, guidelines and local rules or procedures
  2. ensure that the work environment, material, equipment and tools are suitably prepared for the activities to be undertaken
  3. follow relevant instructions, installation drawings and specifications
  4. check that all relevant components are free from damage
  5. under supervision, correctly assist with the positioning and installation of equipment and systems
  6. implement foreign material exclusion procedures, as appropriate
  7. ensure the installation is protected from the environment and potential damage
  8. check the installation complies with the drawing(s) and specification(s)
  9. seek confirmation that the installation has been completed in accordance with the required specification
  10. reinstate the work area
  11. 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 in respect of the work area, material, tools and equipment, and the possible consequences of incorrect actions in these areas
  3. installation techniques and procedures to be followed
  4. the tools used for positioning and installing equipment and systems
  5. the techniques for foreign material exclusion and the importance of this
  6. the types of defects that may be identified when installing equipment and systems and what to do if found
  7. 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
  8. how to check that the installation has been carried out as required and the possible consequences of incorrect actions in these areas


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
  • 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

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Indicative Review Date

07 Jun 2025





Originating Organisation

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

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Engineering; supporting; read; extract; specifications; drawings; requirements; component; handling; transportation; tools; equipment; assembly; positioning; installation; fastenings; securing devices; defects; alignment; securing; dimensions: foreign mat