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A Chimney Engineer/Technician has an important role in ensuring that domestic and site based chimneys and flues are installed and maintained to strict safety standards
Average salaries are in the region of £14,000.00 to £35,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
A Chimney Engineer has an important role in ensuring that domestic and site based chimneys and flues are installed and maintained to strict safety standards.
Chimney Engineers/Technicians carry out installations and inspections of brick/masonry as well as metal flue systems. They will work on both domestic and commercial projects.
They play the important role of making sure that chimneys are working properly and are safe for the buildings they are housed in and the people using the buildings. They will carry out tests and evaluations, fire risk and other safety assessments.
Chimney Engineers/Technicians will also provide sometimes complex technical designs and advise on the build process of heating and ventilations systems. They must have knowledge of and work to the most current guidelines and regulations at all times.
Most Chimney Engineers/Technicians start their careers as Chimney Technician Assistants, progressing on to become fully qualified Chimney Engineers/Technicians after undertaking the relevant qualifications and gaining several years on the job experience.
This kind of work is very physical and involves working at height. A lot of work may be outdoors and Chimney Engineers/Technicians would need to work in all weather conditions. To ensure safety, personal protective clothing (PPE) would be expected to be worn on site, including a full body harness and fall arrest systems.
The working week for a chimney engineer is typically 40 hours per week.
To become a qualified Chimney Engineer/Technician, it is usual to start as an engineer’s assistant or apprentice gaining valuable site experience and working towards the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Chimney Engineering qualification.
People often study a range of subjects at school before deciding to enter this occupation. There are no formal requirements for qualifications although it would help to have GCSEs/ Standard grades in English and maths at A*-C, Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent. (Applications from students with the Foundation or Intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate are also welcomed).
The types of skills which employers need from their workers include:
Some Chimney Engineers/Technicians will acquire their job through completing the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Chimney Engineering qualification. As an apprentice or by completing a HND or SVQ/NVQ in a construction related subject. Others may simply learn and be trained on the job.
The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Chimney Engineering qualification has been developed for delivery in a working environment; this means you need to be employed to study this qualification. It has been designed to develop and recognise your skills, knowledge and competence so that you can work in Chimney Engineering within the construction industry or progress onto further learning.
This qualification supports the Learner to attain enabling, fundamental and transferable practical skills with associated underpinning knowledge. Although part of an apprenticeship, this qualification is available outside of an apprenticeship where either the learner’s circumstances prevent them undertaking a full apprenticeship or where their prior skills and knowledge mean they do not require all components of the apprenticeship. In addition, industry will accept the qualification on its own as entry to a job role.
The learner will learn key practical skills and knowledge in these mandatory units:
- Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
- Conforming to Productive Working Practises in the Workplace
- Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
The learner will also learn key practical skills and knowledge in one of the following optional units:
- Constructing Prefabricated Block Chimneys in the Workplace
- Lining Chimney Structures with Cast Materials in the Workplace
- Erecting Metal Chimneys in the Workplace
- Lining Chimney Structures and Flues in the Workplace
- Applying Sealant to Chimney Structures in the Workplace
- Cleaning Flues and Appliances in the Workplace
Chimney Engineer/Technician is a very specialised technical role within the construction industry. Further details about the role, qualifications and companies who carry out this service can be found here http://www.nace.org.uk/
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The UK construction industry will need a total of 55,480 specialist building operative roles (which includes chimney engineers) to meet demand between 2017 until 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in East of England and East Midlands.
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