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Also it is important to remember that even if you complete an engineering degree you are not limited to a purely technical career as there are plenty of other areas you can get involved in like project management or finance.
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Gas Fitter

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Gas Installer
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€18 - 41
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Gas installers fit gas appliances and piping in customers' homes and business premises.


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Gas installers usually go to their base early in the morning to collect details of the day's work, and to pick up any spare parts and materials they will need. In large, technologically sophisticated organisations, installers may work from home and use a laptop computer to keep in touch with a service centre, receive a daily appointment list, and order spare parts. Sometimes gas installers do routine service visits for customers who have a service contract with the company.  
 
They often use a radio or mobile telephone to keep in contact with their base. Office or workshop based staff may call installers to tell them about emergency jobs, or spare parts that have come into stock.  
 
Once they reach a customer's premises, gas installers test appliances thoroughly, paying strict attention to safety procedures. They diagnose and repair faults, often on complex appliances. Again, some installers may use laptop computers to help them diagnose faults. They may test a boiler flue to make sure there is proper ventilation and dangerous fumes cannot leak out into the room. Gas installers may dismantle the appliance, clean parts and repair or replace faulty components. They also deal with electronic programs and controls.  
 
Gas installers must work to strict safety standards at all times.


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To be a gas installer, you must have strong technical knowledge and skills. You will need a methodical, logical and patient approach to diagnosing problems. You must be able to follow safety procedures at all times, working carefully and with great attention to detail. Gas installers need to follow detailed plans and instructions. Increasingly, you will need computer skills; some installers use laptop computers to diagnose problems and communicate with their base. Modern appliances often have electronic programmes.  
 
You need strong communication skills. You will be dealing with customers and therefore presenting an image of the company you work for. You must have good listening skills, and the ability to ask the right questions, to find out more about the customer's needs. Sometimes customers may be anxious or angry, for example, when a central heating boiler breaks down in freezing weather. You must be able to reassure the customer by using a calm, friendly and professional manner. You should be meticulous in your work as it is important to avoid health and safety risks.  
 
You must be physically fit. You may have to lift heavy appliances, climb up to check flue ventilation, or work in small awkward places. You should be mannerly and patient at all times while dealing with the public.  
 
A full driving licence is normally required.


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