If you’re someone who is a practical person who enjoys completing different challenges, a people person and is searching for a new career path then this article can guide you towards your first steps to become a gas engineer.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills stated that there has been a shortage of up 43% skilled workers in the trades industry which has led to the increase in demand for more workers like gas engineers/technicians.
Workers are turning down jobs because they just don’t have enough room in their schedule due to the demand being so high. This creates an opportunity for anyone interested in this industry to start training as a gas engineer whether it is through the traditional route or fast-tracked modern route.
Gas engineer job role
A gas engineer’s role is to service, install, maintain and repair gas appliances. The engineers can specialise in commercial or domestic gas with a range of gas appliances and property types included. Their job role may include:
- Installing/repairing appliances to deliver gas
- Maintaining/replacing systems which are faulty
- Joining cutting and bending fittings and pipes
- Checking for gas leaks and ensuring installations/repairs are up to code
- Cost estimate evaluation for customers and explaining different insurance options, additional cover and energy-saving options
- Confirming all requirements of safety are met
Skills needed for a gas engineer
The worker will need to be a practical person who can cope with the physical demands of the job. The key skills are as follows:
- Manual dexterity and strong attention to detail
- Highly developed technical and mechanical skills
- High-level mathematical ability and problem solving
- Ability to maintain concentration for long periods
- Strong communication skills when dealing with customers
How to get qualified as a gas engineer
If you’re looking to start a new career as a gas engineer there are two main routes to become a gas safe registered engineer. You can apply to a traditional NVQ apprenticeship or choose a fast track managed learning programme.
The NVQ apprenticeship is the traditional way to become a gas engineer that allows you to work within a company to gain experience and study to gain the right qualifications. The course can take a few years before you qualify as a gas engineer but you have the advantage of being paid while you train.
On the other hand, the fast track gas safe course is a fast paced option for you to become fully qualified. You have more control over your learning and development and don’t need to compete for a limited amount of spaces within an apprenticeship.
It all depends on what the individual is looking for in the course.
The Skill’s Training Group is a UK leading heating, electrical and utilities training provider. They provide you with the opportunity to join one of their new entrant gas engineer courses and apprenticeships. For information about the courses provided, the link to the site is displayed below.
You will need to complete the following to become a gas engineer:
- Pass an industry qualification like for example a level 3 NVQ or Diploma in courses such as gas installation and gas utilisation.
- Complete ACS (Accredited Certification Scheme) gas training and assessment before you can become Gas Safe Registered.
- Legally required to register with the Gas Safe Register which covers the appliances that you will be working on like boilers.
Career path for gas engineers
You can potentially earn an annual salary between £25,000 and £35,000 once you’ve qualified as a gas engineer or technician. A large majority of workers’ salaries will start from £15,000 as they start their career through an apprenticeship but you will have some opportunities to earn more through overtime and bonus payments.
You will have the freedom to choose from such jobs as working for insurance companies, completing maintenance work for letting agents and working as a subcontractor for British Gas.
You will get the opportunities to apply for more senior and management roles once you gain enough experience in the field. Some companies may want you to take further qualifications so that you can specialise further within the field.
It would be wise to keep up your training during your career as a gas engineer because it will be important to continue to develop your technical skills, knowledge and keep up to date with the latest technologies and appliances.