Gas Service Engineer
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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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
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
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
Gas Service Engineers can progress to Team Leader/Supervisor positions after further training and experience.
Previous experience working in plumbing, heating and ventilation fitting, or welding would be really useful for this career.
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.
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.
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.
- 4% of people in occupations like this work part-time.
- 10% have flexible hours.
Apprenticeships: Get In. Go Far
National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)
Tel: 0800 015 0400
Skills Development Scotland - Modern Apprenticeships
Tel: 0800 9178000
Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies
Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT
Tel: 0845 6439001
Publisher: Faversham House
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
Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships
Tel: 0800 028 4844