As a gas service technician, you would mainly work at customers’ homes, or at businesses like cafes and hotel kitchens. Your job could include:
- installing appliances and systems
- carrying out planned maintenance checks on systems and equipment
- testing controls and safety devices to make sure that they are working properly
- finding and repairing gas leaks using computerised fault-finding equipment
- replacing or repairing faulty or old parts
- ordering new parts when necessary
- keeping records of work you have carried out
- giving customers advice about gas safety and energy efficiency.
You would also give customers quotes for jobs and tell them how long they would take, sell additional company services and occasionally deal with complaints.
Gas service technicians are also sometimes known as gas installation engineers or gas maintenance engineers.
Training & Development
As a trainee gas service technician, your training will cover various options, such as central heating systems, gas appliances, servicing and maintenance. Training will also cover gas safety in a lot of detail.
Gas Safe Register (formerly CORGI registration)
Whether you’re self-employed or work for a company, you are legally required to be on the Gas Safe Register if you are working in gas installation and servicing work. To apply for registration, you need to show that you have appropriate experience and qualifications for your area of work.
Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS)
If you have experience in the gas industry or related areas, you may be able to have your skills and experience assessed through the ACS scheme. This might be used, for example, if you want to broaden the range of appliances you can work on.
Accreditation shows that you are qualified to work safely with gas systems and equipment. You can also use it to join the Gas Safe Register. Assessments include:
- Core Domestic Gas Safety – CCN1 (this is compulsory)
- Central Heating Boilers & Water Heaters – CENWAT
- Cookers – CKR1
- Gas Fires – HTR1
- Meters – MET1
- Warm Air Heaters – DAH1.
Safety assessments are carried out at an approved ACS centre. You will need to renew your accreditation every five years. For details of ACS approved centres, see the Energy & Utility Skills website.
Your employer may also put you through training in energy efficiency, for example if you do a lot of work on central heating systems. Training will often cover Part L of the Building Regulations, which relates to energy efficiency.
It is important to keep your knowledge and skills up to date by taking short training courses and doing professional development activities. You can become a member of a professional body like the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) to help with this.