It’s National Engineers Week – learn more about our amazing gas engineers

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to be a gas engineer, and what the job involves, read on!

February 18-24 is Engineers Week, so we felt it was a perfect opportunity to highlight the amazing work done by our skilled gas engineers and share a bit about the work they do. If you like the sound of being a gas engineer yourself, read on to find out how to train as one.

What are gas engineers?

Gas engineers are experts in gas systems and appliances such as boilers and gas fires. They install gas appliances, and are also qualified to maintain, service and repair them. They know how to spot and fix faults, how to cut, bend, join and fit pipes, and much more.

Gas engineers and safety

Gas Safe engineers are trained to carry out vital safety tests on the gas fixtures and fittings in your home. They can check for gas leaks and make sure your appliances are operating safely and efficiently. Regular safety checks are important because gas leaks can cause fatal fires and explosions, while faulty gas appliances can release carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that has no detectable odour.

To keep you safe, the engineer will examine whether your appliances are set up and burning gas correctly, whether they are safely and securely fitted and properly connected to your pipework, and whether they are suitable for – and properly ventilated in – the room where they have been placed. Any flues and vents are checked to ensure they are clear and drawing air correctly, and the engineer will also carefully check your pipework.

What are Gas Safe engineers?

The Gas Safe Register is the UK’s only official body for the registration of gas businesses and engineers. It lists the businesses that are legally allowed to carry out gas work, so for your safety, it’s important only to use a Gas Safe engineer. All our gas engineers are Gas Safe registered.

How to become a gas engineer

You can train as a gas engineer in college, through an apprenticeship, and by having a professional body assess your experience. Once you have the right qualifications and level of competence, you can apply to become a Gas Safe engineer. You’ll start with three months’ probation. Gas Safe registration lasts 12 months, so you need to renew every year.

Thank you to our gas engineers! We’re enormously proud of our team of gas engineers, who are on the road every day keeping our customers’ homes safe and warm. We couldn’t do what we do without them!

Need a gas engineer? Get in touch today to discuss how our expert team can help you.

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