Essential tools for a gas engineer blog image shows a selection of tools hanging from the wall - spirit levels, tape measures, pliers.

Just beginning your career as a gas engineer? Making sure you have all the necessary equipment before you’re fully up and running will save you a lot of hassle when it comes to streamlining your work process.

Being thoroughly prepared won’t just save on time, having everything you need from the outset means you don’t lose out on potential earnings when you’re unable to complete a task there and then. 

Below we’ve compiled a checklist of equipment that every gas engineer will need pretty much immediately. 

A set of screwdrivers

Whether you opt for interchangeable heads, or a collection of different shapes and sizes, a varied set of screwdrivers will be essential to just about any engineering task.

Blow torch

A big part of the job will involve soldering and fixing piping with tight seals—to do this, you’ll need a good quality blow torch. 


Pliers will not only come in handy when you need to hold things in place as you work, they can also twist, shape and even cut should it be needed. 


Another fundamental piece of any gas engineer’s toolbox, an adjustable spanner will be one of your most frequently-used pieces of kit, allowing you to turn nuts, bolts and fastenings. 

Allen keys

Somewhere between a spanner and a screwdriver, Allen keys will be used to turn bolts with a hexagonal head.

Spirit level

A spirit level will be needed when it comes to ensuring a surface is level, an extremely important factor when completing work to the highest possible standard. 

Stanley knife

A Stanley knife allows quick and easy access to work areas, and can be used to cut through thinner materials like carpet and wires.

Tape measure

A tape measure has always been one of the fastest, and most straightforward ways of carrying out measurements. That flexibility and portability makes it another must for any tradesperson. 

Copper tube cutters

Carrying a decent copper tube cutter will allow you to accurately cut various pipe diameters, a regular task when it comes to either fitting new systems, or repairing existing work. 

Radiator keys

When it comes to releasing pressure and bleeding radiators, you’ll need a radiator key. These are universal, so once you’ve got one, you should be good to operate on any radiator. 

Soldering pad

Whenever soldering is necessary you’ll want to ensure the surrounding areas aren’t damaged by the flame—a fireproof soldering pad will offer that much-needed protection. 


You’ll use a hacksaw for cutting more durable materials, things like pipes, nuts and screws. The saw can also be taken out of its frame and used in smaller spaces when needed.

Gas meter box key

Unsurprisingly, carrying out gas work will often require you to access the client’s gas meter. Holding a universal key will make this process far more streamlined.


Of course, you’ll need somewhere to store all of your equipment, and given the variety of sharp, pointed edges you’ll be hauling around, it’s worth investing in a heavy-duty one that can withstand the constant use. 

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