Training is a Skill All of Its Own
Training to be a gas engineer can be a challenge in the fullest sense of the word.
Not only are you required to absorb new knowledge and acquire new skills, you need to immerse yourself in the legislation and health & safety requirements which govern the industry - and which are changing all the time.
Martin Dagnall, Technical Training Manager with Combico UK, feels the requirements needed to be a modern gas engineer are necessarily demanding.
“Engineers have to consistently refresh their training to ensure they remain up-to-date and competent for working on equipment,” he said.
“It appears there are still many people who do not completely understand the full training and assessment processes that are in place for those who are looking to qualify as gas engineers.
“We do encourage individuals to understand how essential quality processes are, particularly when you are dealing with gas.
“Making sure you receive the right training and gain the right qualification is so important. Investigate the training provider and consider visiting the training establishment to see exactly what the training involves and exactly what you will achieve by the end. The route to becoming a gas safe engineer requires you to have extensive training.
“Combico UK is certified by Logic Certification to run gas courses and carry out assessments under the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme for Gas Fitting Operatives (ACS). It caters for both the experienced gas engineer looking to renew ACS qualifications or an engineer that wants training to broaden skill sets.
“We can also offer pre-learning packs prior to assessments to minimise the amount of time engineers might otherwise unavailable for work in order to pursue training. There are also bespoke managed learning programs designed to cater for the needs of the individual.”
Combico UK has, in the last two months, launched the Commercial Catering Electrical Engineering Competency Course.
Designed and developed by Combico UK at First Choice Group, in association with CESA and CEDA, this new City & Guilds accredited course is an opportunity for engineers to acquire the basic electrical competence and knowledge needed to work safely on commercial catering equipment and components.
The two-day course covers safe isolation, testing and measuring, circuit protection, fundamentals of electricity, circuit layouts and how to perform tasks safely and competently using a range of test equipment. On completing the course and assessments, candidates will achieve a City & Guilds accredited certificate.
“The relationship between gas and electricity has evolved and there have been amendments to the law which reflect this,” said Martin.