Heating and ventilation engineer
Heating and ventilation engineers install and service heating and air conditioning in large buildings like factories, schools and hospitals.
1. Entry requirementsYou’ll need to take a college course in a subject like heating and ventilation, plumbing, building services or mechanical engineering.
You may find it very useful to have a driving licence.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
You can find more information about careers in heating and ventilation on SummitSkills.
2. Skills required
- 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.
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 environmentYou’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 work in all types of buildings and construction sites.
You’ll sometimes work in cramped spaces and at height.
6. Career path and progressionYou could move into a managerial role or technical sales.
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Last updated: 12 December 2016