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Heating Engineer


  • Video »
  • Case Study »

    David provides an insight into his career being an heating engineer. Many buildings like office blocks, schools, hospitals, shopping centres and airport terminals use heating and air conditioning (ventilation) systems. It is your job to install heating and air conditioning systems, and service them so that they continue to work perfectly. Your career prospects aren’t just a load of hot air, either.

  • Did you know? »
    • Heating Engineers so their bit for the environment by replacing old boiler systems and installing more energy efficient models.
    • Your boiler accounts for 60% of your household’s annual energy costs. By turning down your thermostat by as little as one degree, you could reduce your heating bills by almost 10% and using far less energy, making it more sustainable.

  • Routes »

    You can get into this job through a college course or an apprenticeship. Courses include:

    • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
    • Level 3 Diploma Building Services Engineering

  • Entry Requirements »
    • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course.
    • Usually need minimum of 3 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in maths, english and science

  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • The ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
    • To be thorough and pay attention to detail
    • Customer service skills
    • The ability to use your initiative
    • Knowledge of building and construction
    • Analytical thinking skills
    • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
    • Persistence and determination
    • To be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. Job variety - different every day - different customers and sites
    2. Work with new technology - boilers, cylinders, solar, smart controls, etc.
    3. Help the environment by replacing old, inefficient systems with new ones
    4. Detective work - identifying and solving engineering problems
    5. You can be your own boss up to a point - time planning and decision making - self employment option
    6. Employable - lots of companies and lots of demand
    7. The work can be quite physical
    8. Some employers will supply you with vehicles, tools, training, licences, insurance, ppe, etc.
    9. Travel around and meet lots of people
    10. Do a lot of calculations and measurements

  • Other roles that may interest you »

    You could move into a managerial role or technical sales.

    With further training you could become a building energy management system control engineer.

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