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What's the differences

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum' started by Budd, Aug 4, 2011.

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  1. Budd

    Budd Guest

    What are the differences between a gas engineer and a heating engineer and a plumber?
  2. Puddle

    Puddle Plumber

    well a gas engineer works on gas,a heating engineer works on heating systems and a fully qualified plumber works on it all :wink5:
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  3. Howsie

    Howsie Plumber

  4. royston

    royston Guest

    Gas engineer is on £100k a year, Heating engineer £70k a year, and a plumber £50k a year. So i am told or should i say wish !!
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  5. diamondgas

    diamondgas Trusted Plumber GSR

    My take ---

    Gas Engineer specialises in installing, maintenance & repairing gas appliances

    Heating Engineer specialises in installing all aspects of Central heating systems

    Plumber specialises in all other aspexts of plumbing e.g. baths toilets sinks and wastes .

    All have a specialist field but do have a greater or lesser knowledge of the other two depending on their chosen path

  6. GQuigley67

    GQuigley67 Trusted Plumber GSR

    I done an apprenticeship in plumbing and was taught in all aspects of plumbing/heating & gas. Gas engineers would only be taught about gas appliances, heating engineers would only be taught about heating and gas aswell.

    I do all of the work, plumbing, heating, gas, installation and repair. New to the fault finding of boilers its a whole different ball game which maybe the gas engineer would have an advantage on, but I'm learning and have been on a couple of manufacturers courses and will still be trying to learn as much as i can to improve my skill.

    If your wondering whats the best career to choose to start then I'd say go for plumbing
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  7. Bernie2

    Bernie2 Guest


    We where required to do the lot, depends on which firm you worked for and what work they got. I have worked for companies that had big gas fitting and appliance repair contracts and you where expected as a graded Plumber to be able to do it. The same companies next contract may be central heating, same applies, the next contract cold water, the next drainage, the next central heating and so on. The Plumber was required to know and be able to do it all. Makes sense in a way, a company has to get work where it can and you have to be able to do it if you want to stay in work.

    What usually happens though, is that among any given number of Plumbers, you usually find some are very good at one or two things, so you put them on the contracts that suite the skills they are good at. Makes sense.

    Some guys I worked with where exceptional at lead work. I was rubbish to mediocre at it, but worked along side them doing it, my lead work would perhaps be passable theirs exceptional. I was regarded as a sanitary fitter in that company. So obviously we usually got the work on the contracts that entailed a lot of work at what we where supposed to be good at. To be multi-skilled is a must nowdays if you want to stay in work.
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  8. AWheating

    AWheating Trusted Plumber GSR

    my simple take is this (domestic)

    gas engineer - service and maintenence of gas appliances (acs/gas safe)
    Heating Engineer - installation's and maintenence of heating and hot water systems.(acs/gas safe)
    Plumber - installation and maintenence of plumbing fixtures and fittings, gutter and wastes systems and lead.

    Most engineers cross over 2 or more of these areas (especially plumber and heating engineer), i for example would call myself a heating engineer because thats where most my work is at, but i am a qualified plumber and have also done some limited service and maintenence of gas applainces.

    personally i dont think there should be a great difference in wages between the three areas as a really good plumbers is worth just as much as a really good gas engineer imo.

    I dont believe in branding yourself into one section unless you perform a specialist job, i will do anything somebody is willing to pay me to do providing i am competent to do so.
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  9. nysk2008

    nysk2008 Plumber GSR

    Gas Engineer = 2-3 pies per day
    Heating Engineers = 1-2 pies per day
    Plumber = no chance of a lunch break
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  10. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    Whats a lunch break? :)
  11. Budd

    Budd Guest

    interesting what would you class yourself as? question for everyone. say someone had there level 3 nvq what would u class them as a heating and plumbing engineer? as the have knowledge in plumbing,and heating installs?
  12. dontknowitall

    dontknowitall Guest

    I say plumber because everyone understands what a plumber does.

    Had one a while back . "Is that the boilerman? Can you come and repair my tap?"
  13. GQuigley67

    GQuigley67 Trusted Plumber GSR

    I class myself as a plumber, but on paper its plumbing and heating engineer. When someone is wanting a new heating system put in, they search for plumber.
  14. Billy Bob Bob

    Billy Bob Bob Guest

    i am a gasman,and a plumber,and a heating engineer,and highly experienced in fault finding but that does not stop me sticking my hand down a soil pipe to remove a turd the reason? i can still make money at it and the last one i done led to a full heating/boiler replacement i could be a multi skilled operative but plumber or gasman will do just fine turd remover will result in death
  15. gaspastemania

    gaspastemania Guest

    IMO a good plumber should be competant at it all ,!!
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