Should I Train to Become a Gas Engineer in 2021?


Everyone gets faced with the question after a while - Am I in need of a change of career?


With the recent COVID crisis, unemployment is on the rise, and there are some industries that have been heavily impacted by the lockdowns and may take a long time to recover. This has led many people to question the direction their lives are taking, and looking into areas of interest that they might not have previously considered as a viable career option. Many are now considering a career in gas engineering, where they will learn at a gas training centre and take the necessary exams to become qualified.

One focus is that people are seeing a shift towards more trade careers as of recent due to two factors – the lack of skilled tradespeople currently employed and the knowledge that learning a new set of skills is something that will last a lifetime.

As an example, if you were thinking of undertaking gas training in the North West you will find that not only are the positions for skilled workers ever-growing but the options for professional development once qualified to offer many opportunities.

Taking the Time

The main thought that pops into your head when we consider undertaking training for a new career is just how long is it going to take from our lives in order to fully train and qualify to be work-ready.

Obviously, it won’t be an overnight thing to become a skilled pro but it is not necessarily a years-long period either. The first step is gaining the qualifications which can be attained within months on professional gas courses. The fact that there are not enough skilled gas workers in the UK currently has seen the urgent requirement for training to get more workers out into the field.

As it currently stands many qualified engineers are having to turn down jobs due to the overflow in workload, which is great news for when you are work-ready.

What the Job Actually Entails

There are many different options when looking at a career in the gas industry. This can be the installation of Smart Meters, a Domestic Gas Engineer servicing, repairing and installing gas appliances, or even Commercial Gas work, which covers larger systems and appliances in businesses and commercial properties.

Once you have achieved a Gas qualification and been working as a Gas Safe Registered engineer for at least 6 months, you can choose to upskill to include different appliance and types of work. You might also want to consider including some environmentally friendly technologies in your repertoire, for example, heat pumps or solar thermal systems.

You cannot work on a certain gas requirement if you have not gained a qualification in working on it, so be sure you understand what you want to achieve from your training.

Why Go For It

We are often told that “jobs for life” don’t exist anymore, but being a qualified gas engineer gives you skills that will last you a lifetime. The flexibility of the work available is also a big plus, whether you are someone who needs  9 – 5 hours, or someone who prefers to work evenings and weekends, there will be a place in the industry for you. Obviously, the big plus in undertaking gas training in the North West is the perks of good salaries that will increase your quality of life and possibly provide your own hours of working availability.

No matter what age group you are and what experience you have had, you will have something to bring to the table, like youth and energy or customer service experience and work ethic.

For making the start in seeking training and putting your foot on the gas for a new career by learning at our gas training centre, contact the team at ECTA.