If you’re looking for a new career, the gas industry has plenty to offer, with numerous reasons why you should become a gas engineer.
An ever-evolving and improving industry, the gas industry has plenty of perks.
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.
As in most careers, engineer salaries can vary depending on your skill level, location and the specific role you inhabit. A gas fitter could earn up to £30,000 a year. Depending on your location and skill-level, gas engineers could see their salary being closer to £50,000 a year. Of course, if you run your own business – a serious prospect for many in the gas trade – these figures could significantly increase.
It’s A Career, Not Just A Job
Choosing a career in the gas fitting industry opens you up to a whole range of diverse prospects. It’s also a secure profession, and with legal regulations requiring people to hire Gas Safe registered engineers to fix and service their boilers, your skills will always be in demand. And that demand won’t falter whether you wish to be self-employed or are looking to become part of a larger business. Whichever avenue you decide to take, you’ll be in for a long and successful career.
The diverse nature of being a gas engineer also means that it’s a challenging job, both mentally and physically. Being successful requires mental agility and the ability to solve problems, and you will have to apply your expertise to several different scenarios and projects. One day you may be working in a home on a small boiler and another you could be servicing an industrial heating system in a commercial environment. Of course, this depends upon experience, but with the right training and experience, that is where the road can lead. Though challenging may sound tough, it’s what keeps the job interesting.
As mentioned in the previous point, gas fitters can be involved in a diverse range of projects, from simple domestic jobs to huge commercial projects. Not only will the nature of your job vary, but so will your location and you won’t be one of those people who sit in the same chair in the same office day in, day out.
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.
Other Things To Think About
Until you establish yourself in the industry, you will probably be contracting with a company. You will still have the variety of working in several different locations over 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 information, you’re well on the way to having what you need to make a good start on a training course.
Gas Training & Qualifications
Before you become a gas engineer, you need to find a suitable gas training course. Courses can vary from full college courses to flexible and part-time courses completed over a more extended time. The most important thing is that you find one that suits you.
At Options Skills, we deliver our Domestic Gas Training on both a full-time and part-time basis. Full-time courses are ideal for getting you qualified as soon as possible. Part-time studies are perfect for allowing you to continue work whilst training.
A legal requirement for the domestic gas 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 challenging to find an experienced mentor.
We have a team dedicated to placing our gas students with local mentors, allowing them to focus on completing their portfolio.
Finally, you will need to complete an ACS assessment. It is once you’ve passed this that you can apply to join the Gas Safe Register. Staying on top of new developments and regulations is essential. ACS renewal is required every five years, while Gas Safe Register membership requires annual renewal.
If you’re looking for a new working adventure and would like to become a gas engineer, get in touch to find out more about our training courses on 0800 802 1306.