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As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Gas Distribution Worker

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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Gas distribution workers help to distribute the gas supply to consumers in homes, factories, shops, offices and many other types of building throughout the country.


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Gas distribution workers are involved in three main areas: network maintenance, network development and emergency services. They have a wide range of duties within these main areas. They usually work as part of a team, with one of them qualified as a team leader.  
 
In network maintenance, gas distribution workers may work on a transmission and distribution plant. They help to monitor, service and repair all the equipment and structures used to transport gas, for example, pressure reduction equipment, gas conditioning units, storage vessels, pipes, instruments and meters. Maintenance work includes making and breaking joints, lifting, cleaning and replacing components and carrying out routine site inspections, checking for any faults in equipment. They also install and maintain gas pressure control equipment.  
 
In network development, distribution workers may lay, connect, disconnect and test pipes. They also repair pipes and joints, and install equipment to control the pressure of gas. They are responsible for connecting new properties to the district system.  
 
Distribution workers respond to emergencies. They must respond very quickly, visiting customers' premises to diagnose faults and to make the area safe.  
 
In all their activities, distribution workers may use mobile and mechanical equipment, including lifting equipment, pneumatic equipment and mini excavators. This industry is closely governed by legislations.  
 
Gas distribution workers may have some driving duties, especially if they are part of an emergency service. They have to be prepared to work outside in bad weather.


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You should enjoy solving problems and have good technical and manual skills.  
 
The ability to work as part of a team is very important and you will need good communication skills to work with managers, team leaders, site managers and members of the general public. You will need basic number skills to check meters and instruments. You should be able to read technical instructions and follow drawings. You should be polite and friendly when dealing with the public and you must remain calm in emergencies.  
 
You must be able to follow safety procedures and have a responsible attitude.  
 
In some jobs, a full, clean driving licence may be essential.


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Organisation: Bord Gais
Address: HR Department, Gasworks Road, Cork.
Tel: (021) 453 4000
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