Job description: Gas & oil engineerAs an oil or gas network engineer, you will install and maintain the pipelines that supply homes and businesses. Common job roles in oil and gas engineering include process engineer, structural engineer and saftey engineer.
Your job is likely to include:
- Digging holes by hand or using mechanical digging equipment.
- Using maps and plans to trace where you need to dig.
- Laying and repairing pipes and mains systems.
- Connecting homes and businesses to the gas network.
- Installing and maintaining gas pressure control equipment.
- Responding to emergency gas leaks.
- Filling in holes and repairing pavements and gardens when your work is done.
- Following strict safety procedures and meeting standards laid down by the gas company and Health and Safety Executive.
Skills & InterestsTo be an effective network engineer you should have:
- Good practical skills
- The ability to follow technical plans and diagrams
- Physical fitness
- The willingness to work in all weather conditions
- A polite and professional manner with the public
- A responsible and safety-conscious attitude to work
- The ability to work as part of a team.
OpportunitiesYou could work for a distribution company, a contractor that carries out work for them, or for a construction company building new developments.
With experience, you could progress to team leader and into management. You could also move into field or project engineering, maybe with some further study.
Along with engineering opportunities, you may be able to move into related areas, such as technical sales, maintenance team management and contract management.