Shopfitters produce and install shopfronts and entrances, and fit out the interiors of shops and stores. They also construct and install exterior and interior fittings for other buildings such as banks, offices, restaurants and bars.
The work varies depending upon duties but can include:
Experienced shopfitters may act as workshop managers with responsibility to ensure products are made on time and meet quality standards.
The basic working week is 39 hours, but overtime is often available. In some cases it may be necessary to work through the night, especially on re-fits where work needs to be carried out with minimal disruption to business.
Shopfitters work indoors, either in a workshop or on-site. Workshops can be dusty and noisy. Joiners, machinists and metal fabricators may need to wear basic safety equipment, such as safety helmets, protective footwear, goggles and ear defenders.
Site work will involve travel, and the possible requirement to work away from home for varying periods of time. A driving licence will be useful.
To be a shopfitter you should:
Draughting and IT skills will be required if you are involved in producing designs and estimating.
Shopfitters usually work for specialist shopfitting companies and opportunities are good.
With experience, it is possible to progress to supervisory roles, such as chargehand or foreperson; and with further training, works manager and contracts manager.
Having gained sufficient experience, some shopfitters set up their own businesses.
If you would like to know anything about Shopfitter that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.