After a previous career working in the health care sector I decided to retrain to work in Huddersfield as a Gas Safe Boiler Engineer Plumber. I always wanted to be a plumber but for various reasons didn’t do it. So in 2006 I went to my local technical college and enrolled on a full time plumbing course.

It was a shock to be honest as I hadn’t really done a manual job before and had to learn everything beginning with pipe bending and soldering.

Some of the course was difficult particularly the lead work which I’ve never done since- probably a good thing.

I managed to get a job with a local plumbing firm and fitted 69 bathrooms with a bit of supervision on a new build site, this was good experience and after doing the bathrooms, moved onto the central heating and helped to fit 80 central heating systems. I then decided to move forward and get into the gas side of things as the stuff the gas guys were doing on site looked more technical and interesting. So I went on a full time gas course which was a 24 week course. I had to supplement this with experience with a gas fitter and we serviced boilers, fires, cookers and water heaters as well as fitting boilers and attending to breakdowns. This experience made me realise which aspect of plumbing I wanted to do, and so since then I have been attending to boiler breakdowns and repairs. I enjoy the combination of electronics, gas, plumbing and electrical side of things and how to diagnose intermittent faults. I’m still learning all the time and have learnt from people who have worked in this industry for 30 years and more that you have to keep updating your skills as technologies keep changing.

As a qualified gas boiler engineer I like doing servicing work as well and enjoy making a gas appliance work better and more efficiently. It’s generally straight forward to do and usually produces a good result in terms of gas consumption.