Gas Mains Layer

Job Description:

Gas mains layers install and maintain pipelines that supply homes and businesses with gas.

Job Category:
Energy & Utilities

What you will do:

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • check technical drawings and plans to trace where you need to dig
  • dig holes by hand or use mechanical digging equipment
  • lay or repair pipes and mains systems
  • connect homes and businesses to the network
  • install and maintain gas pressure control equipment
  • respond to emergency gas escapes
  • fill in holes and repair pavements and gardens at the end of a job


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as;

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork)
  • persistence and determination (drive)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

an apprenticeship
applying directly

You could get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship as a gas industry network operative.

This will usually take 2 years to complete. You’ll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Direct Application
You could apply directly to work as a trainee gas mains layer. Most employers will expect you to have school qualifications in English, maths and science or engineering.

Experience and qualifications in construction, roadworks, building services engineering or plumbing can be helpful.

You could also move into mains laying from working with another utility, like water.

Working Hours and Environment:

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could become a team leader or site supervisor.

With further training you could move into gas mains or wider utility engineering work, or roadworks and construction.