If you think you’d benefit from a diverse career in gas, working on boilers and other appliances, you’ll need to be Gas Safe registered. The U.K needs more qualified gas engineers, are you going to help fill the gap? Do you want to earn more? You could double your income with a career in gas – take this opportunity before it’s too late! If you’re already a plumber, the journey to becoming a gas engineer is as straightforward as ever. You’re only a few steps away from realising your full earning potential…
Is is easy to become a gas engineer?
We wouldn’t call it easy, but it’s certainly never been easier. If you’re already a qualified plumber, G&E Training can make you a fully qualified and competent Gas Safe engineer within a few months (depending on your portfolio). As a result of the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS), you’re required to do 28 days of training, followed by your portfolio (which provides you with experience in the industry) and then concluded with your ACS initial exams. While we don’t personally ensure the completion of your portfolio, we have multiple industry contacts whom we can rely on to do that on our behalf.
The process in becoming an engineer itself is not easy, it requires learning entirely new concepts in a short period. This is why we only take on experienced plumbers, who will already have some relevant practical experience in the trades. Gas engineering isn’t for everyone, even fully trained gas engineers who have worked for years can struggle with their gas exams. If you have the aptitude and the dedication to learning a new set of skills then gas is definitely for you.
Before thinking about becoming a gas engineer, it’s important to know exactly what it takes, that’s why we’ve made a short list of qualities that a Gas Safe engineer needs:
- Problem Solving
- Keep Up With Technology
- Safety Aware
- Legally Aware
Any number of issues could arise at any given time, will you be able to use creativity alongside logic and reason? Will you be able to handle potentially life-threatening situations? Most situations will only involve minor issues, but it’s always good to keep in mind that a situation could go horribly wrong at any time.
Keeping Up With Technology
The gas industry requires a strong knowledge of technology, from central heating systems to gas meters. Once you gain a solid understanding, you’ll not only have to keep it up over the years, you’ll need to keep yourself updated as new tech arises. It’s not just about being technologically able now, The gas industry is an ever-evolving field. New breakthroughs are made constantly, you need to be able to stay updated with the changing climate and adapt to technologies that you have absolutely no experience in.
Gas engineers often have very busy and sometimes complicated schedules. Are you able to manage your time appropriately? Customers who can be paying upwards of £1,000 for one job expect gold standard time-keeping. Being disorganised may lead to a smear on your reputation!
You’ve probably seen some Gas Safe ads, and so should probably know how important gas safety is to the industry. Gas can kill if not treated properly, keep your customers safe by adhering to the rules. Most careers come with safety risks, but gas comes with many more. Remember, above all else, a Gas Safe engineer must protect life and property.
Sometimes you need to be able to work well with a team. It might be coordinating a big renovation or simply working as a team to restore an old kitchen. Either way, it’s best to know exactly how to communicate with others and respond adequately to critical feedback to get the job done efficiently!
It’s not enough to just be conscious of safety risks; there’s a lot of legislation that a gas engineer needs to know. Regulations are being constantly revised and updated. You need to have the capacity to learn all relevant safety legislation and rules.
As a gas engineer, what would I be doing?
On a day-to-day basis, you’ll mostly be going into people’s homes to fit, service, repair and test various gas appliances. You will be working with appliances such as central heating boilers, and domestic gas heaters and cookers. As we only train the domestic side, you won’t be working with commercial gas appliances unless you undertake more training elsewhere. Although, (as of Gas Safe’s “Decade Review) 84% of gas engineers work with domestic, whereas only 25% work with commercial. You will also find yourself interacting with customers while you visit their homes, responding to any queries they may have or to understand more about the work you’ll be doing for them. You may be asked for advice due to your specialist knowledge in gas, such as the most efficient way to heat a home, etc.
A career in gas can be incredibly rewarding through a great salary and benefits, it also comes with the responsibility of the health and safety of yourself and others. Anyone who’s dedicated to learning a new trade, paired with the right aptitude, can become a fully qualified gas engineer.
If you believe you have what it takes to take control of your career and increase your earning potential, contact us today to book your ACS Initial Gas Course, packed with all the qualifications you need to start your career!