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Heating and ventilation engineers install and service heating and air conditioning in large buildings like factories, schools and hospitals.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need to take a college course in a subject like heating and ventilation, plumbing, building services or mechanical engineering. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Building and Engineering Services Association has information on courses and training.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • the ability to follow technical drawings, building plans and other instructions
  • the ability to take accurate measurements
  • written and spoken communication skills
  • problem-solving skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll install and maintain the heating and air conditioning systems in large buildings, like offices, schools, shops and sports centres.

You could work as a:

  • heating installer – fitting heating equipment and pipework systems
  • ductwork installer – putting in ductwork and ventilation systems 
  • domestic heating installer – fitting central heating systems in homes
  • service engineer – planning and carrying out regular maintenance and repairs 
  • commissioning engineer – making sure systems meet their original design specification
  • control engineer – designing and installing the control panels that operate and adjust heating systems

You’ll also work with renewable energy heating systems, like ground source heat pumps, and make sure that systems are as efficient as possible.

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £23,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £34,000

Highly Experienced: £35,000 or more

You could earn more with bonuses and overtime.

National set rates cover your travelling time, travel expenses and accommodation costs.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week. You may sometimes have to work extra hours if there are project deadlines.

You’ll travel in your local or regional area, or nationally if you work for a larger company.

You’ll sometimes work in cramped spaces and at height.

6. Career path and progression

You could move into a managerial role or technical sales.

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Last updated: 13 September 2018