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Gas Engineering apprenticeship

Gas engineering involves 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. All gas engineers must be registered on the Gas Safe® Register for each appliance in which they are competent to undertake work on. Those who work within Gas engineering must have the core requirements below and demonstrate the technical requirements in one setting - domestic or non-domestic. They must be registered on the Gas Safe® Register for four appliances.

Please see below for our full programme overview for the Gas Engineering apprenticeship.

Core requirements: Knowledge

  • Relevant health, safety & environmental legislation.
  • Safe gas and electrical installation, commissioning, decommissioning, service and repair.
  • Safe operation of the equipment and installation in accordance with industry standards, theories and procedures.
  • Relevant electrical/mechanical principles and how they are applied.
  • Energy efficiency & product knowledge.
  • Regulatory compliance.
  • Gas Safety (Installation and Use) and Electricity at Work Regulations.

Core requirements: Skills

  • Risk assessments.
  • Use and maintenance of tools, equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Safe gas and electrical installation, commissioning, decommissioning, service and repair of gas installations and appliances in accordance with industry standards.
  • Ability to safely adapt working methods to reflect changes in working environments.
  • Effective communication.
  • Identification of unsafe conditions.
  • Ability to read and follow technical documentation.

Technical requirements: Knowledge *

  • Electrical awareness.
  • Combustion.
  • Gas properties.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) and types of burners.
  • Flues and ventilation principles.
  • Safety checks.
  • Suitability of appliances.
  • Building, water and electrical regulations.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Knowledge & understanding of multiple appliances.
  • System design.
  • Flue types for appliances & smart controls.
  • Awareness of green technologies.
  • Properties of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and fuel storage.

Technical requirements: Skills *

  • Safe isolation essential electrical safety checks.
  • Flue testing.
  • Safety checks following gas work on an appliance (regulation 26/9).
  • Compliance with building regulations, water regulations and electrical regulations.
  • Compliance with technical guidance, bulletins and safety alerts.
  • Tightness testing, purging and relight procedures on gas installations.
  • Pipework installations.
  • Pressure and flow.
  • Pipework sizing.
  • Meter installations.
  • Atmosphere testing.
  • Identification and safe operation of gas safety controls.
  • Good record keeping.
  • Fault identification.
  • Air & atmosphere testing.
  • Reinstatement following completion of works.

* must be completed in either a domestic or non-domestic setting carrying out service and repair and/or installation.

Duration

Typically 18 months.

Link to professional registration

Registration with Gas Safe® Register for four appliances. 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).

Level: 3

Standards/Framework: Standards

Funding band: £9,000

Maths/English level required: 2

End point assessment:

  1. Portfolio
  2. Knowledge Assessment