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Heating and ventilation engineer

Alternative titles for this job include HVAC engineer

Heating and ventilation engineers install and service heating and air conditioning systems in buildings like offices, schools and hospitals.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

How to become

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How to become a heating and ventilation engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You can take a college course to learn some of the skills needed to get a trainee engineer job. 

Courses include:

  • plumbing and heating
  • building services engineering
  • T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

  • 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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You can get into this job by applying to do an apprenticeship. Examples include:

  • Building Services Engineering Installer Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Building Services Engineering Craftsperson Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships can take 2 to 3 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Direct Application

You may be able to apply directly for jobs if you have qualifications and experience in building services engineering or plumbing.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering for professional development training and industry news.

Further information

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • practical skills for installing equipment
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • problem-solving skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • analytical thinking skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a heating and ventilation engineer, you'll:

  • follow design blueprints to fit heating equipment and pipework
  • install ductwork and ventilation systems
  • design and install control panels that adjust heating systems
  • find and fix faults
  • plan and carry out regular maintenance and repairs

Possible green job

This job could help the environment.

For a heating and ventilation engineer to be a green job, you could:

  • use natural airflow in buildings to reduce reliance on mechanical ventilation systems
  • install heating systems powered by renewable energy sources
  • fit automated wireless controls that regulate temperature and humidity more efficiently

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Working environment

You could work at a client's business.

Your working environment may be at height, cramped and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • supervise a team of engineers
  • move into a managerial role
  • work in technical sales

With further training, you could become a building services engineer, facilities manager or heat pump engineer

You could also set up as self-employed and run your own business.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Building Services Engineer Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £17,280.00 Annually

Apprentice Electrical Design Engineer

  • Wage: £13,364.00 Annually
  • Location: Leeds

Courses In England

HNC in Building Services Engineering (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: LIVERPOOL

CG L2 Diploma in Refrig, Air Con & Heating Sys

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Gravesend

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