Gas service technician Gas installation engineer, gas maintenance engineer
Gas service technicians install, service and repair gas appliances and heating systems.
1. Entry requirements
To fully qualify as a gas service technician you’ll need:
- a recognised gas industry Level 3 qualification
- Gas Safe registration (used to be called CORGI registration)
You could also get into this career through an apprenticeship.
Energy & Utility Skills has more information about careers in the gas industry.
2. Skills required
- practical skills
- communication, organisation and problem-solving skills
- basic IT skills and good maths skills for making calculations
- the ability to follow technical layouts and diagrams
- the confidence to make decisions and accept responsibility
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- installing appliances and systems
- carrying out planned maintenance checks on systems and equipment
- testing controls and safety devices to make sure they’re working properly
- finding and repairing gas leaks using computerised fault-finding equipment
- replacing or repairing faulty or old parts
- ordering new parts
- keeping records of work you’ve carried out
- giving customers advice about gas safety and energy efficiency
Starter: £12,000 to £18,000 (apprentice)
Experienced: £24,500 to £31,000 (qualified)
Highly Experienced: £38,000
You may also be paid bonuses, shift allowances and overtime on top of your basic salary.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and you may have to work on a rota if your employer offers 24-hour emergency cover.
You’ll work in customers’ homes or premises.
You’ll usually need a driving licence but your employer will supply a van and equipment.
The job can be physically demanding and may involve working in small, cramped spaces or at height.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could move into gas engineering, or supervisory and management roles.
You could also set up your own gas fitting business, but you’d need considerable experience to do this.
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Last updated: 14 December 2016