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  • A woman is removing tools and equipment from the back of a white van.

    Checking equipment in the van before heading out to a job.

  • A man is sitting at a desk, in an office.  He is writing on some paper documents.

    Looking at the list of jobs to be done that day.

  • A woman, wearing blue overalls, is selecting metal parts from some plastic shelves, which are in rows against the wall.

    Selecting the spare parts needed to do a job.

  • A man is standing by a window, in a house.   He is carrying out a repair to a radiator.

    Carrying out maintenance work on a radiator.

  • A man is standing next to a domestic boiler.  He has opened a white panel and is looking inside, carrying a repair to it.

    Carrying out a repair to a boiler.

  • A man has placed an electrical device onto the front of a domestic boiler, to measure its efficiency.

    Using a gas analyser to measure a boiler's efficiency.

  • A man is kneeling down on the floor, in a house.  He is writing on a notepad.  There is a tool box next to him.

    Writing out an invoice for work done.

  • A man is installing a gas appliance in a house.

    Installing a gas appliance.

  • Gas Service Engineer

Gas Service Engineer

Introduction

As a Gas Service Engineer, you will install, service, and repair gas appliances in customers' homes, factories businesses. Appliances you might work on include gas fires, cookers, meters, and central heating boilers and systems. You may also work on commercial and industrial appliances.

Also known as

  • Engineer, Gas Service
  • Gas Service Engineer
  • Gas Fitter
  • Gas Installer

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Work Activities

As a Gas Service Engineer, you will fit gas appliances and piping in homes and businesses.

You will firstly pick up your daily appointment list - often by email or telephone. Then you'll collect any spare parts and materials you'll need either from the local heating merchant, or have the spares delivered to specified pick-up points. You may use a laptop or tablet to keep in touch with a service centre and order spare parts.

Many Gas Service Engineers do routine service visits for customers who have a service contract with the company.

Once you reach a customer's premises, you'll:

  • test appliances thoroughly, paying strict attention to safety procedures.
  • use your fault finding skills to spot problems
  • answer customer questions and show them how best to use appliances
  • advise the customer on how to buy a new appliance (if a repair isn't possible)

You might also advise customers on energy efficiency and how best to improve their central heating systems.

Gas Service Engineers also carry out Landlords' safety checks in rented accommodation.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Gas Service Engineer, you'll need:

  • strong technical knowledge and practical skills
  • to be able to follow safety procedures at all times, working carefully and with great attention to detail
  • to be able to follow detailed plans and instructions
  • computer skills, as many use laptop computers to diagnose problems and communicate with their base

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £24,000 - £26,000
  • With experience: £29,000 - £32,500
  • Senior Gas Service Engineers earn £35,000 - £37,500

Hours of work

Gas Service Engineers work around 35-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. However, early starts, late finishes, standby rotas and some weekend work may be required.

Where could I work?

Employers are industrial and domestic gas appliance makers, domestic gas appliance retailers and specialist central heating installers.

Opportunities occur with employers throughout the UK.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, on internet job boards, on websites of gas service organisations, at Jobcentre Plus and on the Find a Job website.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

So, how do you become a Gas Service Engineer?

There are three main stages to getting into this career:

  • getting a job that will provide you with on-the-job training, and the chance to gain recognised work-based qualifications
  • getting Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) qualifications
  • getting your name on the Gas Safe Register

Progression

Gas Service Engineers can progress to Team Leader/Supervisor positions after further training and experience.

Work Experience

Previous experience working in plumbing, heating and ventilation fitting, or welding would be really useful for this career.

Qualifications

To get onto an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you’ll usually need five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, possibly including English and maths.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Skills/experience

Many people enter after gaining relevant skills, and perhaps qualifications, in a related area such as plumbing, heating and ventilation fitting, or welding.

You must then satisfy the requirements of the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) before going on to register with the Gas Safe Register.

Statistics

  • 4% of people in occupations like this work part-time.
  • 10% have flexible hours.

Further Information

Apprenticeships: Get In. Go Far

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

Tel: 0800 015 0400

Email: nationalhelpdesk@findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

Website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Skills Development Scotland - Modern Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 9178000

Email: info@skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk

Website: www.myworldofwork.co.uk/modernapprenticeships

Semta

Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies

Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT

Tel: 0845 6439001

Email: customerservices@semta.org.uk

Website: www.semta.org.uk

Utility Week

Publisher: Faversham House

Website: www.utilityweek.co.uk

Centrica Jobs

Website: www.britishgasjobs.co.uk

Energy & Utility Skills

Skills for the gas, power, waste management and water industries

Address: Friars Gate, 1011 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 4BN

Tel: 0845 0779922

Email: enquiries@euskills.co.uk

Website: www.euskills.co.uk/careers

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

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