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Hi guys and girls

I'm based in Oxfordshire, I have 5 years background in plumbing and heating. I currently have my level 2 and 3 in plumbing and heating and I also hold my gas Safe card.

Over the past 5 years I've been working on construction sites in installation (1st & 2nd fix). I feel like have done everything I can do on construction sites and would like to go into the domestic side of heating and plumbing. Boiler breakdowns, heating conversions, bathroom fitting etc.

I'm really just trying to expand my knowledge more, and I find site work very reptative. Good money, but it's about more than that for me. I'm willing to work for free or a minimum wage again just to get that extra experience.

Has anyone been in the same situation and jumped out of site work into a domestic setting? How easy was it to do? Was it worth it? Best places to get this type of experience?

Thanks in advance,

Josh.
 

rpm

Esteemed
Plumber
Firstly I don`t do gas work however I believe boiler manufactures run one day courses.
 
Firstly I don`t do gas work however I believe boiler manufactures run one day courses.
Yeah I did look at the day courses
Indeed they do, I’ve been on a few.

@Porter1, are there no family and friends jobs to help you gain experience?
Yeah I did look at some manufacturers courses but wasn't sure if that would be enough for me to go out on my own. I thought it would be better working for someone for a year, then maybe going for it on my own. I have done a few repairs on boilers, but not enough to gain the confidence.

I've only really stayed with construction sites to get my qualifications, and move onto this. But I'm not quite sure the best way to do it.

Thanks guys appreciate the response
 

IND_Nick

Gas Engineer
If you intend to do breakdowns and services I would also recommend doing a few manufacturers days, Baxi run a paid course for boiler breakdowns and basic electrical. If you aren't confident with a multi meter this is a must, especially for call out work when things aren't working. I believe a lot of people get work from social media nowadays, do small jobs build up a good name for yourself and the work should start to build up.
My main piece of advice coming from sites would be remember you are working in someone's home, most people remember how tidy, polite etc you were and as long as you dealt with whatever the issue is they are normally bother with what actually plumbing was done!
 

Aquarius

Plumber
Gas Engineer
Yeah I did look at some manufacturers courses but wasn't sure if that would be enough for me to go out on my own. I thought it would be better working for someone for a year,
Manufacturers course probably won't be enough to go out on your own, as possibly working with someone for a year isn't either, it depends on what gets covered and how fast you learn.
 

rpm

Esteemed
Plumber
Yeah I did look at the day courses

Yeah I did look at some manufacturers courses but wasn't sure if that would be enough for me to go out on my own. I thought it would be better working for someone for a year, then maybe going for it on my own. I have done a few repairs on boilers, but not enough to gain the confidence.
Thanks guys appreciate the response
Let`s spin that around, if you did as many manufactures courses as you could then you would be more valuable to your employer and stand a greater chance of finding someone.
 
Let`s spin that around, if you did as many manufactures courses as you could then you would be more valuable to your employer and stand a greater chance of finding someone.
Hi RPM

Thank you for the reply, this seems like the most logical way of getting my foot in the door. Can you recommend the best manufacturers to go with? I heard Baxi are really good!
 

rpm

Esteemed
Plumber
Hi RPM

Thank you for the reply, this seems like the most logical way of getting my foot in the door. Can you recommend the best manufacturers to go with? I heard Baxi are really good!
I don't do gas mate, heard via the forum Baxi course is good and Intergas boilers are popular. Use the search box in top right corner on home page.
 

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