Gas network engineer
Gas network engineers ensure that gas supplies reach residential houses, businesses and other types of buildings in a safe and efficient way.
They may also be known as gas pipe layers.
Gas network engineers perform a variety of roles in network maintenance, development and emergencies. They are usually part of a team that provides cover for emergencies or repair work outside of normal working hours.
- Work in specific locations locating pipes using specialist technology such as mechanical, pneumatic and excavating equipment
- Maintain the network by monitoring, servicing and repairing equipment and structures used to transport gas
- Carry out routine site inspections and check for faults in equipment
- Lay, connect, disconnect and test pipes
- Identify and repair emergency gas leaks
Personal Qualities and Skills
Key skills for gas network engineers
- Practical or technical skills
- Problem solving skills
- Knowledge of safety issues
- Ability to work calmly and efficiently
- Organisational and time management skills
- Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams
- Numeracy skills
- Able and willing to work in diverse locations, occasionally in harsh weather and outside normal working hours
Pay And Opportunities
- Gas transportation, service and distribution companies eg. National Grid and regional gas networks
- Local authorities
- Job vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, trade industry publications, gas/energy organisations and recruitment agencies
Qualifications and training required
Apprenticeships at Intermediate and Advanced level are available and the most common entry route. You usually need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. For Scottish applicants usually a minimum of 4 National 5s are required including English, Maths and a science/technological subject. Make sure you always check individual college or employer entry qualifications carefully, as specific requirements may differ. Apprenticeships allow for on the job experience as well as off the job college qualifications eg. an appropriate NVQ in gas network operations which is the standard industry qualification and additional technical certificates. The Energy Networks Association gives details of gas distributions companies that may provide apprenticeship schemes.
An up to date knowledge of health and safety is also an essential requirement. Gas network engineers require a Utility SHEA Gas Passport which is a one day training course.
Previous experience in the construction or services sectors and a driving licence would be useful.