in designing, installing, testing/certifying and repairing Lightning Protection
systems and Earthing systems to all types of buildings and tall structures
which may be at risk from a lightning strike.
Horizon is a member
of The Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists; It is also
a member of the Steeplejack & Lightning Protection Training Group since
installing lightning conductors.
To earth military equipment (including aircraft) Hangers,
Radio Towers, Lighting Towers, Masts.
Protecting historic buildings from lightning strike
Working with electricians to install Surge Protection
devices to protect computers and other electronic equipment within a building
from a lightning strike.
When carrying out repairs, maintenance and renovation work
on industrial chimneys, power station cooling towers, church spires, castles,
high-rise buildings and bridges.
required for Trainee
Health & Safety
The role of a Trainee
Lightning Protection Engineer
Working alongside an experienced Lightning Protection
Foreman. Attending client sites to undertake an annual inspection and test of
the lightning protection system on a building or tall structure.
To read, understand and abide by the risk assessment and
method statement produced for the contract.
Comply with the instruction given by the Foreman in respect
of health & safety and industry standards.
Record any damage or issues found to the lightning protection
system and the location of the issues, take photographic evidence, complete
Fetching and carrying equipment and materials from the van
to the site of the works.
When trained as an experienced Lightning Protection Engineer,
tasks will also include assembling ladders and scaffolding, mobile work
platforms called cradles, traditional harnesses (bosun’s seats) and industrial
ropes for abseiling works and surveys.
Dismantling all the equipment and returning it to ground level
once the work has been completed.
Lightning Conductor Engineers mainly work outdoors at height
in cold and rainy weather. The work can be physically challenging and can sometimes
require working some evenings, weekends, or Bank Holidays when required. The
role also requires regular lodging away as contracts can be anywhere within the
To become a Lightning
Protection Engineer you should have:
A good head for heights - this is absolutely essential.
Physical fitness for climbing and holding equipment.
Good Hand/Eye skills for using tools.
The ability to work well with others - safety depends on
A courteous manner dealing with clients and the public.
Able to work to instruction of your Foreman.
The ability to understand health & safety instruction
and abide by it.
Good organisational skills. You must prepare carefully for
each job as it could be a long way to the ground if anything gets forgotten.
A good sense of balance and be sure-footed.
A desire to work outdoors in all weathers
The ability to regularly lodge away on contracts as and when
Salary levels after Traineeship
Aged 18 to 20 are paid the National Minimum
Wage relevant to their age. Over 21 are paid £9.08 per hour up to July 1st
2021. From July 1st 2021 this rises to £9.30 per hour.
You do not need any specific qualifications for starting
this career but subjects such as Maths, English, IT, Science or Design and
Technology are an asset. Good basic maths skills help you learn to accurately
measure for materials on site, put measurements and numbers onto drawings of
lightning protection systems, measure distances from a building to excavate a
hole to install an Earth pit, there are many reasons why a basic maths skill is
required. It may also help if you have some experience of working in general
construction as a labourer, scaffolder or tradesperson. You might also need a
This is a good industry to learn while doing the job. That
means an employer supports you while you train. You could work towards an NVQ
Level 2 Lightning Protection Engineer certificate. This includes installing
lightning conductors, taking site measurements, doing evaluations and
installing earthing systems to buildings. You also learn about Asbestos
awareness, rope access skills, use of mobile towers and mobile elevated work
platforms, first aid, fire awareness, environmental awareness and the use of
spill kits, the safe use of ladders and manual handling.
For more information visit the Steeplejack & Lightning
Protection Training Group web site: www.slptraininggroup.org.uk/apprenticeships
Horizon is an Equal Opportunities Employer