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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.

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