Heating and ventilation engineer

Heating and ventilation engineers install and service heating and air conditioning in large buildings like factories, schools and hospitals.

Potential salary
£18,000 to £35,000
Working hours
41 to 43 a week
  • 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
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks may include working as a:

  • heating installer, fitting heating equipment and pipework systems
  • ductwork installer, putting in ductwork and ventilation systems
  • domestic heating installer, fitting central heating systems in homes
  • service engineer, planning and carrying out regular maintenance and repairs
  • commissioning engineer, making sure systems meet their original design specification
  • control engineer, designing and installing the control panels that operate and adjust heating systems
  • renewable energy engineer, working with systems using wind, tidal, solar, wave, hydro, geothermal, biomass and hydrogen

You could work at a client's business or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be cramped, you'll travel often and at height.

You could move into a managerial role or technical sales.

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

You can get more advice about working and training in heating and ventilation from the Building and Engineering Services Association.

Data from National Careers Service.
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