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Cellar technician

Cellar technicians install and maintain drinks systems in places like pubs, bars, hotels and  restaurants.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You may find it useful to have:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 2 (A* to E) in English, maths, science or design and technology
  • a level 2 diploma in engineering
  • brewing industry, electrical work, engineering, gas, or plumbing experience
Experience working behind a bar or in a bar cellar would also be useful, as it could give you the chance to do a cellar management course, like the one offered by the Cask Marque Trust.

You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness.

You’ll need a driving licence.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Hospitality Guild has more information and advice about careers in hospitality and tourism. 

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • the ability to use hand or power tools
  • problem solving skills
  • IT skills
  • the ability to follow detailed instructions

3. What you'll do

You’ll fit drinks dispensing system equipment, like:

  • taps, piping and pumps
  • refrigeration equipment
  • generating equipment
  • pressure meters
  • valves and electrical wiring, to allow beers and carbonated soft drinks to be stored

You’ll visit customers before you install the dispensing system, to check they have access to mains water, electricity and drainage.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • calculating and ordering parts
  • fitting the system into the customer’s premises
  • finding and fixing any problems with the equipment
  • training bar staff on how to use new equipment
  • promoting new products to customers
  • setting up temporary bars for special events, like festivals

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 40 hours a week, but may have to work overtime during busy periods.

You may work on a rota responding to emergency calls.

You’ll usually be based at a depot. 

On site, you’ll work in the cellars and storerooms of bars and pubs, which may be cold and cramped.

You may need to carry heavy equipment and work in awkward positions while fitting pipes and wiring.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to supervisor, manager, or move into sales.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017