Gas engineers, also known as gas fitters and gas service technicians, fit, service and repair gas systems and appliances in homes, offices and industrial premises. Day-to-day tasks vary from fitting a cooker, repairing a leak through to carrying out a routine maintenance check. Because of the dangerous nature of gas, workers are highly trained and are regularly tested to comply with health and safety regulations.
Gas Engineer Jobs Education Requirements
To work as a gas engineer, you need to have an NVQ Level 3, be registered with the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) and be on the Gas Safe Register (formerly the CORGI register), which is a legal requirement for anyone carrying out gas work. To gain gas safety registration, you need a qualification covering the safety requirements for the appliances you want to work on, such as cookers, gas fires or central heating boilers. Only after you have completed the NVQ can you be admitted to the ACS and Gas Safe Register. Applicants keen to go straight into the profession can study for the NVQ while working for a company and get a trainee gas engineer job. There is scope for experienced engineers to diversify, specialise or advance into supervisory and grow into a gas engineer manager job role within large firms. Many use this experience to go on to set up their own gas service companies.
Gas Engineer Jobs Market
The recession has left a national shortage of trained and experienced skilled workers, creating opportunities all over the country with companies from local employers to large nationwide firms, also with manufacturers and retailers.
Gas Engineer Jobs Salary Information
Salaries range from £15,000 to over £40,000 and vary from region to region. Salaries for apprentices at British Gas - the UK's biggest national employer of gas engineers with 7,000 workers - are around £15,000 a year. Qualified engineers can expect from £20,000 to £35,000 and engineers with their own companies can earn around £40,000-plus.