Job type

Heating and ventilation engineer

£20k - £35k

Typical salary

41 – 43

Hours per week

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

More info

  • Install and maintain heating systems, air-conditioning and ventilation systems in buildings
  • You'll develop technical expertise and work in a wide range of locations, either within a specific region or nationally
  • Opportunities to move into management roles or into technical sales roles

As a heating and ventilation engineer, your role will involve repairing and maintaining heating and ventilation systems so that they are in full working order.


Tasks will vary depending on what roles you'll work in. These roles might be heating installer, ductwork installer, domestic heating installer, service engineer, commissioning engineer, control engineer, or renewable energy engineer. 

  • Fitting a variety of different equipment and systems
  • Planning and carrying out maintenance and repairs
  • Designing and installing systems
  • Working with renewable energies


You could work in a commercial building or in an office, and your working environment may be cramped or at height. You'll travel often.

You'll need

To be a heating and ventilation engineer, you'll need the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools, thoroughness and attention to detail, customer service skills, good initiative, knowledge of building and construction, analytical thinking skills, patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, and persistence and determination.

You could take a college course, such as plumbing and heating, or building services engineering.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship, including an intermediate apprenticeship as a building services engineering installer, or an advanced apprenticeship as a building services engineering craftsperson.


With experience, you could move into a managerial role or technical sales. With further training you could become a building energy management systems control engineer.