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)

£12,000 Starter

to

£38,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

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 like Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating. This would teach you some of the skills needed for the job and could help when you apply for a trainee position with a company.

To fully qualify as a gas service technician, you'll need a recognised gas industry qualification like:

  • Level 3 Domestic Natural Gas Installation
  • Level 3 Diploma in Gas Utilisation Installation and Maintenance

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

You should choose a course that includes work placements, or try to find a job with a gas servicing firm soon after starting your course.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

More information

Apprenticeship

You can train as a gas service technician by doing an advanced apprenticeship in gas engineering.

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), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

More information

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.

More information

Further information

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

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • analytical thinking skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • persistence and determination
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • installing appliances and systems
  • carrying out planned maintenance checks on systems and equipment
  • testing controls and safety devices to make sure they’re working properly
  • finding and repairing gas leaks using computerised fault-finding equipment
  • replacing or repairing faulty or old parts
  • ordering new parts
  • keeping records of work you’ve carried out
  • giving customers advice about 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 physically demanding, at height and cramped.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into gas engineering, or supervisory and management roles. 

You could also set up your own gas fitting business, but you’d need considerable experience to do this.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Gas Engineer

  • Wage : £207.20 Weekly
  • Location: Dartford DA2 6QL

Apprentice Gas Engineer

  • Wage : £207.20 Weekly
  • Location: Warwick CV34 4LL

Courses In England

FULL COST L2 INSTALL AND MAINTAIN DOMESTIC PLUMBING AND HEATING

  • Provider: CHESTERFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating

  • Provider: MOOR TRAINING LIMITED
  • Start date: 07 January 2019
  • Location: OKEHAMPTON

Get help using this service

Call 08000 150 950

8am to 10pm, 7 days a week

More ways to contact us

Is this page useful?

Yes No