- Install, repair and maintain gas boilers, heating systems and other appliances
- Build technical, transferable skills that are in demand
- Work for a company or start your own business
As a gas service technician, you'll spend your days installing, servicing and repairing gas appliances, as well as giving customers quotes for jobs.
- Installing appliances and systems
- Carrying out planned maintenance checks on systems and equipment
- Testing controls and safety devices to make sure they're working properly
- Finding and repairing gas leaks using computerised fault-finding equipment
- Replacing or repairing faulty or old parts
- Ordering new parts
- Keeping records of work you've carried out
- Giving customers advice about gas safety and energy efficiency
You'll work at a client's business or their home. You'll usually need a driving licence but your employer will supply a van and equipment.
The job can be physically demanding, and can be at height and in cramped spaces.
To be a gas service technician, you'll need the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools, thoroughness and attention to detail, customer service skills, knowledge of building and construction, analytical thinking skills, and patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
You could start with a college course such as in Plumbing and Heating. To fully qualify as a gas service technician, you'll need a recognised gas industry qualification such as Domestic Natural Gas Installation, or Gas Utilisation Installation and Maintenance.
It might be beneficial to try and choose a course that includes work placements, or find a job with a gas servicing soon after starting your course.
You can train as a gas service technician by doing an advanced apprenticeship in gas engineering. You'll do on the job training and spend time at a college or training provider.
You may be able to have your experience and skills assessed through the Accredited Certification Scheme to get a recognised competency certificate. This assessment is aimed at experienced engineers who work in related industries, like plumbing or heating and ventilation.
With experience, you could move into gas engineering, or supervisory and management roles. You could also set up your own gas fitting business, but you'd need considerable experience to do this.