Reference Quantity: ST0382

Particulars of ordinary

Occupational Profile

An Organ Builder is somebody who makes use of their ability and labour for the bespoke fabrication and/or restoration of pipe organs and/or their constituent elements. They are going to be competent within the design, manufacture and meeting of the elements required in a pipe organ; in placing organ pipes onto speech and tuning them; and within the restore, upkeep and tuning of current organs. They are going to be utilizing supplies resembling wooden, leather-based, tin and lead, and will likely be primarily working both in a workshop or on web site (usually a church or public auditorium).

Hyperlinks to skilled registration

Profitable candidates will likely be recognised by the Institute of British Organ Constructing (I.B.O.) as certified organ builders, eligible for employment by any of its accredited enterprise members. They might even be eligible themselves for Particular person or Affiliate Membership of the I.B.O.


What’s required – understanding of

Well being & security and dealing surroundings

adjust to well being & security laws and rules within the work surroundings (particularly these referring to working at peak, heavy lifting and noise abatement); the protected dealing with of supplies and work processes that guarantee the protection of self and others; the protected and sustainable disposal of waste supplies.



the properties, makes use of and limitations of supplies utilized in organ constructing (together with the respective benefits and drawbacks of softwoods and hardwoods, the needs of various grades of leather-based, and the tonal qualities of pipes constructed from completely different metallic alloys); strategies for safeguarding, transferring, dealing with and storing assets.




the important thing hand and machine instruments and gear used; the ideas of how they work, are ready, maintained and safely used (together with sharpen chisels and hand planes; the completely different chopping actions of band-, cross-cut and rip-saws and the way the fabric should be introduced to them in every case; the significance of utilizing the correct mixture of guards when creating mouldings utilizing hand-held and glued routers).

High quality

the appliance and monitoring of the employer’s high quality requirements together with strategies of recording work.

Design and historical past of the pipe organ

the weather and ideas relevant to the design of pipe organs; the historic and up to date context of organ constructing, together with the event & utility of various types of motion & mechanisms; the important thing variations between rebuilding, restoration, conservation and reconstruction (and their respective benefits and drawbacks).

The   manufacture, tuning and upkeep of pipe organs

diagnose, analyse and assess for manufacturing and upkeep choices; related utilized arithmetic & science (for instance metric & imperial dimensions and measurements, geometry, lever legislation, musical concept, acoustics and electrical circuitry); anticipation of dangers and backbone of issues; when it’s acceptable to hunt recommendation from different craft specialists and consultants. 


What’s required – capacity to

 Well being & security and dealing surroundings

keep good requirements of well being and security for self and for others, utilizing protected working practices (e.g. when dealing with heavy elements); put together and keep supplies, instruments and gear appropriately and safely, at all times becoming guards to machines as required; establish and minimise hazards and dangers within the working surroundings, as an illustration when casting and soldering, or when treating timber with risky compounds.

Technical interpretation and  understanding

create and interpret technical specs, drawings, and different written and verbal directions (resembling chopping lists, rollerboard layouts and soundboard plantings); establish and reply to issues appropriately (together with testing and adjustment); search recommendation and steerage when acceptable.

The manufacture of pipe organs

choose and use the suitable processes, strategies, supplies, instruments and gear to undertake organ constructing duties from inception to realisation; assemble timber elements resembling soundboards and wind trunking; use leather-based to make hinges and gussets in bellows, and for pneumatic motors; join and take a look at low-voltage electrical gear; make wood and metallic pipework; put pipes onto speech and tune them. 

The tuning and upkeep of pipe organs

ay bearings for tuning; put particular person pipes and full ranks again into tune; establish and resolve motion faults in current devices; take away and dismantle elements safely and systematically; re-assemble and take a look at that every part is working correctly. 


What’s required – it is best to

High quality centered

observe insurance policies and procedures; have a constant consideration to element; apply high quality assurance checks all through the organ constructing course of.


have a robust skilled work ethic and satisfaction in work; plan and handle time effectively; talk and work successfully with others; promote and characterize organ constructing.



hold updated with finest observe and rising applied sciences inside the organ constructing sector; reply positively to instruction and constructive criticism; supply constructive suggestions to others; develop and keep skilled relationships.

Moral consciousness

apply an understanding of related sustainability and moral points to work; respect particular necessities and the cultural and moral norms of various working environments.


Sometimes the apprenticeship will take 36 months to finish.


This apprenticeship normal is ready at Degree 3.


Apprentices with out Degree 2 English and Maths might want to obtain this degree previous to taking the end-point evaluation.

Evaluation date

This apprenticeship normal will likely be reviewed no later than 3 years after its approval.

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