Heating and ventilation engineer

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

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

How to become a heating and ventilation engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

College

You can take a college course to learn some of the skills needed in this job.

Courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • Level 3 Diploma Building Services Engineering

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

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through an:

  • intermediate apprenticeship as a building services engineering installer
  • advanced apprenticeship as a building services engineering craftsperson

This can take 2 to 3 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, 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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Further information

You can get more advice about working and training in heating and ventilation from the Building and Engineering Services Association.

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
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include working as a:

  • heating installer, fitting heating equipment and pipework systems
  • ductwork installer, putting in ductwork and ventilation systems
  • domestic heating installer, fitting central heating systems in homes
  • service engineer, planning and carrying out regular maintenance and repairs
  • commissioning engineer, making sure systems meet their original design specification
  • control engineer, designing and installing the control panels that operate and adjust heating systems
  • renewable energy engineer, working with systems using wind, tidal, solar, wave, hydro, geothermal, biomass and hydrogen

Working environment

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

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

Career path and progression

You could move into a managerial role or technical sales.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Heat and Vent Installer

  • Wage : £183.54 Weekly
  • Location: Halesowen B62 8DJ

Building Services Engineering Installer Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bournemouth BH10 4AA

Courses In England

Air Conditioning Electrical Installer

  • Provider: TECHNIQUE LEARNING SOLUTIONS LTD
  • Start date: 01 December 2019
  • Location: Chesterfield

C & G Level 2 Diploma In Air Cabin Crew

  • Provider: BROOKLANDS COLLEGE
  • Start date: 14 September 2020
  • Location: Weybridge

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