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Gas Engineer

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Gas Engineer
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€26 - 60 
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Gas engineers are responsible for extracting and treating gas, and installing and maintaining the gas network from source to customer.


The Work header image

Gas engineers who specialise in exploration are concerned with the design, construction and maintenance of terminals, equipment and facilities used to extract and store gas. Engineers use computer-aided design (CAD) technology as the standard tool for designing safer and more efficient rigs. On a day-to-day basis, engineers devise safety procedures and maintenance routines.  
 
Gas engineers who deal with transportation and distribution are involved in many different activities, including pipeline design, construction and maintenance. They also design and develop new sites.  
 
Engineers who develop sections of the network may begin by building computer models of the new section. They examine local plans that show existing buildings, water pipelines and electricity cables. They notify the local authority, and any residents and shopkeepers who may be affected, and ensure that sufficient labour and materials are available. While work is in progress, the engineer visits the site and resolves any technical difficulties.  
 
Gas supply specialists are responsible for either the control of gas flow or laying new pipelines and replacing existing ones. Some engineers are based in a control room where they monitor gas flow and pressure by means of visual display unit screens. If the demand for gas increases substantially, additional supplies have to be called upon.  
 
Drilling Engineers are responsible for the drilling of wells. They provide on site support, monitor safety and analyse drilling performance and factors affecting cost and efficiency.  
 
Engineers work on systems control, checking the compressor systems and valves that regulate the flow of gas throughout the country.  
 
Engineers who specialise in gas utilisation gain knowledge of gas burners, plant design, gas supply, combustion, thermodynamics and manufacturing processes. Some engineers visit manufacturing companies, hospitals and other large scale gas users to advise on how they may use gas more efficiently. This involves conducting surveys of current fuel use and possibly comparing gas with other fuels. Where appropriate, engineers design and arrange for the installation of new equipment such as boilers or heating systems.

 


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To be a gas engineer, you should have an understanding of maths, science and technology. You must be able to solve problems, using a combination of logical, analytical thinking and creativity and imagination. You should also be committed to keeping up to date with advances in this fast changing area.  
 
Gas engineers need an excellent grasp of modern technology, including the ability to use computers. For example, you may use computer-aided design technology in design and research work.  
 
You will need organisational skills to plan your own time and to co-ordinate resources. Willingness to take on responsibility and to lead and motivate others is essential.  
 
Engineers must be able to work as part of a team. The ability to encourage other people's ideas is important, and you must also be flexible and able to compromise. You will need strong communication skills to write reports and to explain complex information to people from non-technical backgrounds. You must be prepared to work away from home a lot.  
 
Safety is a very important issue in all areas of gas engineering. You should have a thorough knowledge of safety legislation and procedures. You must be able to train and supervise other staff, such as technicians and craftspeople, making sure they are fully aware of safety legislation.


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