Gas Engineering Operative

Key Information

Level 3
Typical Duration 30 Months
Delivery Model Day Release
Delivery Location City Skills, Lissadel Street, M6 6AP
Start Date September

Programme Summary

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. Appliances can include, but are not limited to, a range of work categories such as central heating boilers, unvented hot water storage, ducted air heaters, cookers, space heaters, meters, alternative fuel, boosters, testing, and purging for industrial pipework. Roles in gas engineering will include explaining how installations and appliances work, providing energy efficiency advice, and ensuring customer service excellence at all times. Gas engineering operates strictly within the requirements of health and safety legislation.

What will you learn?

  • Current health, safety and environmental legislation, and regulations applicable to work in the gas industry
  • Safe gas and electrical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and/or ongoing service and repair procedures of gas installations and appliances needed to establish the safe operation of the equipment and installation in accordance with industry standards
  • Gas and electrical theories and procedures involved in the practical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and/or ongoing service and repair of gas installations, appliances, and associated equipment
  • Relevant electrical/mechanical principles, and how they are applied in work processes and procedures
  • Up-to-date energy efficiency advice and guidance to be given to the customer
  • Product knowledge to be able to discuss and advise the customer
  • Current regulatory compliance, current gas safety (installation and use) regulations and the current electricity at work regulations
  • Electrical awareness and how to carry out safe isolation and essential electrical safety checks
  • Combustion, combustion analysis, gas properties, carbon monoxide (CO), and types of burners
  • Flues and ventilation principles
  • The necessary safety checks following gas work on an appliance (regulation 26/9)
  • The range and suitability of appliances
  • The statutory and normative documentation including building regulations, water regulations and electrical regulations
  • Emergency procedures, including gas escapes, report of fumes and for unsafe situations
  • A knowledge and understanding of four appliances
  • System design, location, controls, flue types for appliances and smart controls
  • An awareness of green technologies
  • The properties of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  • An awareness of fuel storage – tanks and bottles (LPG)

How is it delivered and assessed?

The course is delivered on a day release basis with theory and practical skills sessions in college (City Skills, Lissadel Street, M6 6AP). You will also develop your skills and behaviours in the work place under close supervision. You will also need to maintain a work log which will include evidence from the work place, and observations from your assessor. The college uses an e-portfolio system to track and monitor your learning journey, and to record the achievement of knowledge, skills, and behaviours. In addition to this, you will need to pass the relevant ACS gas assessments.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Level 3 Diploma in Gas Engineering
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English (unless previously achieved)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in mathematics (unless previously achieved)

End Point Assessment

The end point assessment will consist of:

  • A gas safe registration for a minimum of four appliances
  • A multiple choice knowledge test
  • A competency test
  • A work log review and interview

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE’s including English and maths, or a relevant level 2 building services qualification

Apprentices must be in suitable employment have the opportunity to develop all required knowledge, skills, and behaviours aligned to this apprenticeship standard.