Our commercial gas engineer services cover of Hampshire, Surrey and south west London however our focus is more in the Farnborough, Farnham and Aldershot areas. After serving this area for 10 years we have built up a truly great reputation and one we are very proud of, these are refected by our 5* Google reviews here, please flick through and see that they are all 100% genuine!
Our engineers are fully trained on a wide variety of appliances and manufacturers. This dynamism results in very efficient and effective visits, which can be a problem with commercial properties due to the diverse nature of the appliances. It's worth noting that we like to take a non-salesy technical approach to all our work, which gives value for money and system longevity.
Clearly if you're within Surrey, Hampshire, southwest London or Berkshire then look no further. However, outside these areas finding a suitably qualified engineer with the applicable experience can be a task. Of course you can search google for 'commercial gas engineer' or similar terms but this doesn't necessarily ensure they are suitably qualified for the job in hand. Especially as they will need the specific qualification for each commercial appliance within your property. The best advice regarding qualifications would be to contact the Gas Safe register, they will help you understand which appliances you have and give you a list of engineers within your area. All Gas engineers legally have to be registered with Gas Safe.
Regarding suitable experience, well that can be a little more difficult, what we would suggest here is visiting their website and reading through how long they have been around, look at the age of their reviews and to see if the reviews are real! If you already understand the qualifications needed then you can simply go on the gas safe website and enter your requirements and you will be given a list of suitable engineers.
The main qualification required to be able to work in the commercial field is the 'COCN1' the certification process requires engineers to demonstrate experience within the industry and should be obtained with their core commercial gas safety ACS certification. If the Gas engineer has a domestic core gas safety course, they would have had to take the ''CODNCO1' commercial change over as well as again demonstrating they have relevant experience within that part of the industry.
Additional to this the commercial gas engineers will need specific certification for different work types. For example, to test and purge Large bore commercial gas pipework will require a 'TPCP1/A' certification, this is important for obvious risks associated with high volumes of flammable gas. Installation of the pipework will require further training and certification in the form of ICPN1. Gas boosters designed for the process of boosting gas pressure will require a BMP1 certification.
Individual appliances on top of this will require more certification for example
Radiant tube & plaque Heaters - CORT1
Direct fired Gas appliances - CDGA1
Indirect fired gas appliances - CIGA1
Diaphragm Gas meter course - MET4
Gas Fuelled engines - CGFE1
There are further niche qualifications that also may be required as well as individual manufacturer requirements. In Addition to this of course, every gas engineer must be registered with the Gas Safe Register.
This really is a pandoras box with many variables, namely location, specialisation, contractual requirements and ofcourse reputation. For this reason, typically a commercial gas engineer hourly rate will cost anywhere between £60 and £400 per hour plus VAT. They can cost £20-£60, however what you will find typically these rates will be part of a larger contact, which may also require a certain amount of turnover. Another pitfall to be aware of with the lower charges is that this can be used as a tactic to get on to the job, once on the job which may be a repair they are fault finding on, they will quote for the works with a premium charge to overcompensate with the illusion that they are a particularly cheap company.
The locality would possibly be the biggest variable with commercial gas engineer hourly rates. In the north or west of England, as well as in rural area you will generally find rates are around half of the cities and the south.
Specialisation will also be a big factor, larger gas carcass installations, larger industrial burners and specialist equipment will also cost more due to equipment, know-how and familiarity. Especially if the commercial gas engineering company has a reputation for being familiar with a niche product.
Another charge worth being aware of is material mark up. These are the additional fees placed upon the parts purchased by the commercial gas engineers for the job. Charges will vary from 10 to 100% with the average being around 20%. This is normally standardised within a company however can vary due to the quality or complexity of the appliances being installed. These are charged due to the fact the commercial gas engineering firm will become the 'merchant' or supplier of the product once they have been paid. This gives them legal obligation with the equipment should it be faulty for which they may need to rectify free of charge.
Due to the potential complexity of Commercial heating systems, a commercial gas engineer's salary can again vary. For fully qualified commercial gas engineers, between £27,000 and £48,000 are common salaries depending on experience, although again, they can be slightly higher if the gas engineer has a specialty and experience in a particular niche area. Managers and supervisors can earn above this.