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Swimming pool technician Swimming pool engineer

Swimming pool technicians service and maintain swimming pools, spas and hot tubs.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £17,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may be helpful if you have experience or a qualification in:

  • heating, ventilation or air conditioning (HVAC)
  • electrical or mechanical maintenance
  • water treatment

You could start work with a pool installation company as a general labourer or plant operator, then move into the technical side after training.

To work on gas powered pool heating systems, you’ll need to be a member of the Gas Safe Register

For jobs in the public sector, like at a leisure centre or university, you’ll usually need qualifications from an awarding body, like:

A driving licence would be helpful.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • organisational skills
  • report writing skills
You may also need to be able to swim.

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • carrying out scheduled water cleaning, using chemicals like chlorine
    testing water quality and pH balance
  • cleaning out filtration units
  • servicing heating, circulation and de-humidifier systems
  • fixing lights above and below water level
  • checking and repairing corrosion, cracks and leaks in the pool walls or floors
  • making sure equipment like pool covers, diving boards and slides are in good working order
  • keeping stock records for cleaning supplies and spare parts
  • responding to water hygiene incidents
  • logging and reporting equipment faults or water quality problems to managers
  • maintaining outdoor pools

4. Salary

Starter: £17,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 35 hours a week, which could include weekends. During peak season (March to October), you may need to work longer hours.

You may be based in one place, like a sports centre, or travel around an area, carrying out contract maintenance on pools and equipment.

You'll usually wear a uniform.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into management or set up your own company.

With a degree in a related field like engineering or architecture, you could move into swimming pool design.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016