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Trainee gas engineer case study: Michael Fisher

Adding gas skills after 20 years in plumbing

In order to develop future talent, we have recently begun working with Brookhouse Gas Training to provide placements for their students training to become gas engineers. These placements require a minimum of 40 days shadowing a experienced heating engineers and gaining experience in a range of tasks required to sit their gas exams and qualify.

You can read more about the programme, and why we decided to participate here.

In this case study, one of our first trainees, Michael Fisher, speaks about his experience during his placement and why he decided to pursue a career in heating engineering.

Name: Michael Fisher


Michael has been working as a commercial pipefitter and plumber for 20 years, predominantly working with new build schools and hospitals. Having reached the position of site supervisor, he wanted to develop his skills further and access new opportunities by becoming Gas Safe qualified.

Michael has been mentored during his placement by Rob Hudson and Andrew Glassbrook.

Michael answered the following questions:

Q: Are there any parts of the job that you particularly enjoy?

A: “I enjoy the variety of works you can do on a day-to-day basis – no two days are the same. I especially enjoy boiler breakdowns: knowing that you repaired a customer’s boiler and solved the problem is very satisfying.”

Q: How have you found the placement?

A: “I have felt very welcomed by and everyone I have met has been very supportive. The engineers I’ve been working with are very knowledgeable and know their jobs. They give good advice and I have felt very involved and part of the team.

Knowing you’re only a phone call away from a fellow engineer or gas tech for advice is how it should be. Very much a team run company who try and help each other. “

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: “My ambition is to become Gas Safe qualified and get familiar with different boiler makes and fault diagnosis procedures. I want to learn as much as I can and be a good gas engineer.”

Michael has been invited to interview with once he is qualified.

See all gas trainee case studies here.

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