Have you ever thought about becoming a Gas Engineer? Read our complete guide to learn more about becoming a Gas Engineer in the UK.
Job Description of a Gas Engineer
Gas Engineers are persons who are responsible for the supply of gas to buildings and structures. You may begin your career as an apprentice, learning techniques and about the materials, as well as health and safety information, first aid training, and specialist skills such as map reading and pipe laying. Gas Engineers are generally expected to be strong, and willing to work in all weathers, and often in inhospitable conditions. The hours are usually daytime, although in an emergency you may be asked to work overnight. Being a Gas Engineer is a good job for many people, but the key traits to have are a sociable personality, strong teamwork skills, and ability to work under direction, a good sense of humour, good work ethic and physically fit.
Many Gas Engineers start life as an apprentice. This is where a firm will take you on from school and train you ‘on the job’. This is a good way to start as you get a lot of support and assistance, as well as real world experience of the job. Most Gas Engineers don’t need formal statutory education, although English, Science and Maths qualifications will go in your favour, as you may need to understand complex briefs, or calculate amounts. On completion you will be qualified to NVQ Level.
Responsibilities and Duties
Depending on what sector or skill set you are employed in your duties may differ vastly. You may be responsible for laying pipework to connect homes and businesses to the gas supply. You may be required to install meters or pressure control systems. If there is a gas leak you will be called to deal with it and must react quickly and safely. Whatever you are employed in you are likely to be responsible for ensuring that you carry your duty out in a safe and efficient manner, and that all materials are handled correctly. You will be expected to work to deadlines, outdoors and in all kinds of weather conditions.
These are usually 8am-8pm, but may vary depending on the duties and job you are doing. Some work such as pipework under roads, or improvements where gas has to be turned off may be carried out at night when it is less impact to users. Some weekend work may be required, especially if you work in an emergency call capacity.
Skills and Training Development
Gas Engineers can expect to progress through their careers with improving skills and knowledge. For instance, specialising in economy or efficiency can set you up for a variety of promotions. Gaining skills such as management skills, health and safety certificates or professional body qualifications may assist you in gaining a management position. You could also progress to project engineering, or contract management.
Average Salary for a Gas Engineer
The average salary for an apprentice Gas Engineer is £12,000 PA.
The average salary for a qualified Gas Engineer is £25,000PA.
The average salary for a Project Engineer is £34,000 PA.
Good luck on the way to becoming a Gas Engineer.