Engineering design

Heating and ventilation engineer

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

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £35,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 1% more Heating and ventilation engineer jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You’ll install and maintain the heating and air conditioning systems in large buildings, like offices, schools, shops and sports centres.

You could work 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

You’ll also work with renewable energy heating systems, like ground source heat pumps, and make sure that systems are as efficient as possible.

You’ll need to take a college course in a subject like heating and ventilation, plumbing, building services or mechanical engineering. 

You may find it very useful to have a driving licence. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You can find more information about careers in heating and ventilation on SummitSkills.

£18,000 to £35,000

Starter salary: £18,000 to £23,000

Experienced salary: £25,000 to £34,000

You could earn more with bonuses and overtime.

National set rates cover your travelling time, travel expenses and accommodation costs.

These figures are a guide.


You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week. You may sometimes have to work extra hours if there are project deadlines.

You’ll travel in your local or regional area, or nationally if you work for a larger company.

You’ll work in all types of buildings and construction sites.

You’ll sometimes work in cramped spaces and at height.

You could move into a managerial role or technical sales.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • the ability to follow technical drawings, building plans and other instructions
  • the ability to take accurate measurements
  • written and spoken communication skills
  • problem-solving skills
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