There are many reasons why you might want to become your own boss. Not answering to anyone or dealing with colleagues less dedicated to the job as you. Most of all, setting your own hours. However, before you become your own boss, you need a trade. Here is why training to become a gas engineer might be right for you.
Gas Training & Professional Gas Qualifications
First of all, before you become a gas engineer you need to find a suitable gas training course. Taught by experienced industry trainers, you need a course that can suit your current skill and knowledge level. Full-time courses are ideal to get you qualified as soon as possible. Part-time courses are perfect to allow you to continue work whilst training.
A legal requirement of any course is that you have on-site work experience. You need evidence of practical work in your portfolio to be awarded your certificate, so look for courses that will find this work experience placement for you. Not all of them will, and if you don’t have contacts it can be difficult to find an experienced mentor to work with.
Your ACS assessment needs to be renewed every five years, so staying on top of new developments and regulations is essential. Even more essential is membership of the Gas Safe Register. Membership is renewable on an annual basis.
Working Hours, Salary, and Job Opportunities
Your working hours will depend on what kind of job you take after qualifying. If you’re working for a parent company, the length of your working day is unlikely to differ much from an office job. You might start a little earlier and finish a little later, or you might be on a roster where you’re offering an emergency call out services a few times a month.
In terms of job opportunities, the domestic side of the profession is mostly concerned with installation and maintenance. However, you could find yourself undertaking further training as a network engineer. In this case, you would also be responsible for installing pipelines for domestic supply. In terms of salary, you could be looking at an average of around £33,240. Salary is dependant on your level of experience and location.
Other Things To Think About
Until you are established, you will probably be contracting with a company. You will still have the variety of working in several different locations over the course of your working day.
If you work best on your own, becoming a gas engineer is ideal, as even the most difficult of domestic customers isn’t going to impact on your working life for more than a few hours! You might also have concerns about whether you’ve got what it takes; however, transferable skills and knowledge can come from even the most seemingly unconnected places.
For example, if you’re used to working in a disciplined and organised way, adapting to new situations and places quickly, and you’re good at acquiring and retaining new information, you’re well on the way to having what you need to make a good start on a training course.
In summary, if you’re looking for a new working adventure, and you’re keen to become a gas engineer, look into a suitable training course today. You could be on your way to a new career.