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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.

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £35,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

41 to 43 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; as customers demand

1%
Future employment

There will be 1% fewer Heating and ventilation engineer jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

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

Working environment

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 can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
College

You can take a college course to learn some of the skills needed in this job.

Courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • Level 3 Diploma Building Services Engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through an:

  • intermediate apprenticeship as a building services engineering installer
  • advanced apprenticeship as a building services engineering craftsperson

This can take 2 to 3 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
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Further information

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

You could move into a managerial role or technical sales.

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • 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
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