Gas engineers are responsible for the installation, repair and ongoing service of gas appliances. Student writer Luke takes a look at the Gas Engineer Apprenticeship for us.
Gas engineers can work with a number of appliances including central heating boilers, cookers, unvented hot water storage, alternative fuel, meters and boosters, and testing and purging for industrial pipework.
What you’ll learn
As an apprentice gas engineer you will learn about the following things: current health, safety and environmental legislation, safe gas and electrical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and ongoing service and repair procedures, gas and electrical theories, relevant electrical/mechanical principles, energy efficiency, regulatory compliance and current gas safety regulations, combustion, combustion analysis, gas properties, carbon monoxide (CO), and types of burners, flues and ventilation principles, flue types for appliances and smart controls, green technologies, the properties of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and fuel storage – tanks and bottles.
The skills that you will develop include how to:
- Carry out safe isolation and essential electrical safety checks
- Carry out flue testing
- Undertake the necessary safety checks following gas work
- Work in compliance with building regulations, water regulations and electrical regulations
- Access and comply with technical guidance, bulletins and safety alerts
- Identify gas safety controls and prove their safe operation
- Complete records and maintain records accordingly
- Identify faults and take the appropriate action
- Undertake the installation and/or repair and maintenance of four appliances
- Reinstate following completion of works cleaning up and making good
- Undertake and document rigorous risk assessments to ensure the safety of all affected by the work activities
- Perform tightness testing, purging and relight procedures on gas installations
- Undertake pipework installations, pipework sizing and meter installations
- undertake ambient air testing/carbon monoxide/dioxide atmosphere testing.
Gas engineers often find themselves lifting heavy equipment, working at heights and in confined spaces – whilst working with the potentially dangerous fuel that gas is. It is therefore unsurprising that gas engineers operate under strict health and safety guidelines, and must achieve Gas Safe® Registration.
Entry requirements for the Gas Engineering Apprenticeship include a minimum of 3 – 5 GCSEs at grade A* – C If you are considering doing an apprenticeship in Gas Engineering, you will usually need a minimum of 3-5 GCSEs at grade 9 – 4 or equivalent, preferably English, mathematics and a science.
The apprenticeship is Level 3 and lasts for 18 months, at the end of which if you successfully complete all elements you will be eligible to apply for membership with the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) as an engineering technician.