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Gas service technician

Alternative titles for this job include Gas installation engineer, gas maintenance engineer

Gas service technicians install, service and repair gas appliances and heating systems.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£38,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

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How to become

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How to become a gas service technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • assessment of experience by a professional body

College

You could start with a college course, for example:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • T level for Gas Engineering Operatives

These would teach you some of the skills you'll need to apply for a trainee position with a company.

To fully qualify as a gas service technician, you'll need a recognised gas industry qualification, for example a Level 3 Diploma in Gas Utilisation Installation and Maintenance.

You will usually need to be working to complete the level 3 qualification.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You can train to become a service technician by doing a gas engineering operative advanced apprenticeship.

This will usually take 18 months to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time at a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Other Routes

You may be able to have your experience and skills assessed through the Accredited Certification Scheme to get a recognised competency certificate.

This assessment is aimed at experienced engineers who work in related industries, like plumbing or heating and ventilation.

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Further information

You can get more advice about careers in the gas industry from Talent Source Network.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • practical skills for installing equipment
  • problem-solving skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • persistence and determination
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a gas service technician, you will:

  • install gas appliances and heating systems
  • carry out planned maintenance checks on systems and equipment
  • test controls and safety devices to make sure they work properly
  • respond to emergencies
  • find and repair gas leaks, using computerised fault-finding equipment
  • replace or repair faulty or old parts
  • complete work records
  • advise customers on gas safety and energy efficiency

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be at height and cramped.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could move into supervisory and management roles, with responsibility for a team of engineers. You might also set up your own gas fitting business, if you have a lot of experience.

You could use your transferable engineering skills to switch to working on systems powered by alternative energy sources, like hydrogen.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Heating Engineer

  • Wage: £13,981.00 Annually
  • Location:

Gas Engineering Apprentice

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bognor Regis

Courses In England

NVQ Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating Level 3

  • Provider: RNN GROUP
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Rotherham

Domestic Plumbing and Heating Diploma - Level 2 - C&G

  • Provider: CHESHIRE COLLEGE SOUTH AND WEST
  • Start date: 15 September 2021
  • Location: Crewe

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