Are you interested in finding a hands-on role within the construction industry but don’t have the right qualifications? A Level 3 Gas engineering operative apprenticeship could be a great option for you. By taking part in our Gas engineering operative apprenticeship, you’ll get first-hand experience while getting paid. As well as this, you’ll gain a Level 3 qualification at the end of it.
What Is a Gas Engineering Operative?
When thinking about the role of a Gas Engineering Operative, most people immediately associate this with people who install and repair their gas boilers. While this is a part of the role, there is also much more to it.
A career in gas engineering is very varied, and with the right training Gas Engineers can handle much more than installing and repairing gas boilers and heating systems. Gas engineers can work for a construction company, or be self-employed, meaning that this lucrative career path opens a lot more opportunities for them and puts their earning potential in their own hands.
What does the role entail?
A Gas engineer has a very varied role day-to-day, so is a great route for someone looking for a career where no day is the same! Day to day duties can include the safe installation, commission, decommission and the ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or non-domestic setting. Roles in gas engineering are physical in nature, and may involve lifting and moving of equipment, working at heights and working in confined spaces, making it the perfect role for individuals looking for a role which is physically challenging.
They will be responsible for Health and safety of others and will undertake rigorous risk assessments. You will also confidently deliver a polite, courteous, professional service to all customers and members of the public whilst safeguarding customer welfare and recognizing vulnerability, equality and diversity
The Gas Engineering operative will carry out safe isolation essential electrical safety checks and undertake the necessary safety checks following Gas work on an appliance (regulation 26/9. They will work in compliance with statutory and normative documentation including building regulations, water regulations and electrical regulations.
The successful Gas engineering operative will demonstrate tightness testing, purging and relight procedures on gas installations, and demonstrate pipework installations/pipework skills, pressure and flow/pipework sizing, meter installations. They will Identify faults and take the appropriate action and undertake the installation and/or repair and maintenance of appliances. The successful Gas operative will demonstrate tightness testing, purging and relight procedures on gas installations, and demonstrate pipework installations/pipework skills, pressure and flow/pipework sizing, meter installations.
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What are the requirements for the Gas Engineering operative Apprenticeship?
Applicants will normally have gained a minimum of 3-5 GCSEs (grade A-C) or equivalent, preferably English, mathematics and a science or relevant / appropriate experience. Apprentices without level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment
- Recognize personal and professional limitations and seek appropriate advice when necessary
- Display self-discipline and self-motivated approach
- Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner
- Be willing to learn new skills and put yourself out of your comfort zone
This apprenticeship will last 18 months and will require a mixture of hands on and theory work, so someone willing to commit to 18 months of on-the-job learning is essential.
In achieving a pass or a distinction in this apprenticeship, the successful apprentice will be eligible to apply for membership with the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech)
The Bottom line
A career in gas engineering is a great opportunity for people looking for a hands on, challenging role that is highly respected within the Construction industry. You can find out more about the Gas engineering operative role at The Institute for apprenticeships and Technical Education
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