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Careers

Welcome to an insight into the career opportunities available to you when you start looking at gas training. The information below is based on our experience as a construction and housing maintenance company and reflects the types of roles we have within Kier or within partner organisations. It is meant as a guide only.

There are many different careers for those interested in gas, but first you need to decide if you want to work with cookers, central heating boilers, fires in residential properties in which case you want Domestic Gas Engineer career advice. If you fancy working on industrial boilers, often within swimming pools, libraries, hospitals etc then you need your Non-Domestic (Commercial) Gas qualifications and career advice. If you are a new entrant to gas, newly qualified and struggling to find work it might be worth starting out as a Smart Meter Installer progressing to Duel Fuel Meter Installer with someone like G4S.

Information on each career path can be found below along with links to the Kier careers site, so you can see what jobs we have vacant, as well as how to apply to G4S for their Smart Meter Installer positions.

Domestic Gas Service Technician
Typical Description
of Role

Gas service technicians install, service and repair gas appliances and heating systems. These include gas fires, boilers and cookers. They also include central heating and shower units.

As a domestic gas service technician, you would mainly work at customers’ homes.

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

Starting salary
Approx £25,000 + per year
How do you get qualified?

If you want a varied job that puts your practical skills to good use, this could be an ideal choice.

To become a technician, you’ll need to be good at solving problems and have ability in maths and science. You’ll also need a polite and friendly manner to work in customers’ homes.

To qualify as a gas service technician you will need an industry-recognised qualification and Gas Safe registration (formerly CORGI). Gas Training at Kier can help you gain the qualifications needed to be a domestic gas engineer

Working day

Your working hours would usually be 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may have to work on a rota if your employer offers 24-hour emergency cover.

Most of your work would take place in customers’ homes or premises. You would normally need a driving licence but your employer will supply a van and equipment.

The job can be physically demanding and may involve working in small, cramped spaces or at heights.

To become a gas service technician, you will need to have:
Skills, interests and qualities

  • good practical skills
  • good communication, organisation and problem-solving skills
  • basic IT skills and good maths skills for making calculations
  • the ability to follow technical layouts and diagrams
  • a polite, friendly and professional manner
  • the ability to work alone or in a small team
  • the confidence to make decisions and accept responsibility
  • an awareness of safe working practices, industry regulations and environmental guidelines.
Commercial Gas Service Technician
Typical Description
of Role

Catering Gas service technicians install, service and repair gas appliances related to catering industries. These include gas ranges, ovens, hospital catering equipment etc for any catering service.

As a catering gas service technician, you would mainly work at catering service facilities from hospitals to cafes, and restaurants.

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.

Gas service technicians are also sometimes known as gas installation engineers or gas maintenance engineers

Starting salary
Approx £25,000 + per year
How do you get qualified?

If you want a varied job that puts your practical skills to good use, this could be an ideal choice.

To become a technician, you’ll need to be good at solving problems and have ability in maths and science. You’ll also need a polite and friendly manner to work in customers’ homes.

To qualify as a gas service technician you will need an industry-recognised qualification and Gas Safe registration (formerly CORGI). Gas Training at Kier can provide you with the COMCAT qualifications you need to work as a gas engineer on catering equipment.

Working day

Your working hours would usually be 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may have to work on a rota if your employer offers 24-hour emergency cover.

Most of your work would take place in customers’ homes or premises. You would normally need a driving licence but your employer will supply a van and equipment.

The job can be physically demanding and may involve working in small, cramped spaces or at heights.

To become a gas service technician, you will need to have:
Skills, interests and qualities

  • good practical skills
  • good communication, organisation and problem-solving skills
  • basic IT skills and good maths skills for making calculations
  • the ability to follow technical layouts and diagrams
  • a polite, friendly and professional manner
  • the ability to work alone or in a small team
  • the confidence to make decisions and accept responsibility
  • an awareness of safe working practices, industry regulations and environmental guidelines.
Furthering your Gas Career
General courses that most gas engineers have:

Many domestic gas engineers hold the following extra qualifications:

All appliances (CKR1, HTR1, CENWAT1, MET1, DAU1)

  • Domestic to Commercial ‘changeover’ relevant qualifications
  • Commercial to LPG ‘changeover’ relevant qualifications
  • Commercial to Catering ‘changeover’ & relevant qualification
  • Unvented Hot Water
  • Water Regulations
  • Safe Isolation
  • Electricity for Plumbers
  • CMDDA1
  • Part L – Energy Efficiency
Smart Meter Installer
Typical Description
of Role

As a Gas Meter Installer you will:

  • Install gas meters in line with company and industry standards.
  • Complete testing in line with industry standards and codes of practice, fully reinstating appliances after job completion.
  • Collect and deposit meters from the designated storage facility.
  • Achieve and exceed work performance targets and adhering to health and safety procedures.
  • Complete and maintain documentation as required
Starting salary
Between £22 – £25kpa plus call out, overtime, performance bonus OTE £28,000
How do you get qualified?

If you want a varied job that puts your practical skills to good use, this could be an ideal choice.

To become a smart meter installer you will need an industry-recognised qualification.Gas Training at Kier can help you gain the qualifications needed to be a smart meter installer. You will also need Gas Safe registration (formerly CORGI) if you are working as self-employed. If you work for someone else, they will get your Gas Safe card on their company registration.

Working day

Your working hours would usually be 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may have to work on a rota if your employer offers 24-hour emergency cover.

Most of your work would take place in customers’ homes or premises. You would normally need a driving licence but your employer will supply a van and equipment.

The job can be physically demanding and may involve working in small, cramped spaces or at heights.

To become a gas service technician, you will need to have:
  • General Gas safe principles with CCN 1 or CMA 1 & MET1/2 or 4 qualifications
  • “Can do attitude”
  • The flexibility to travel outside of the area with the wiliness to accommodate overnight stays on occasion
  • All new recruits will be expected to comply with Gas trade tests and screening & vetting processes.

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