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Chimney engineer

Chimney technician

Chimney engineers install and maintain chimney and flue systems in accordance with current building legislation and regulations. As a chimney engineer, you will need to follow strict health and safety guidelines, as you may be working at height, with the support of a harness and protective gear.

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How to become a chimney engineer

While there are no formal qualifications needed to become a chimney engineer, there are several routes you could take to help you pursue this role. You could complete a college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work. 

You should explore these routes to becoming a chimney engineer, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

College/training provider

To become a chimney engineer, you could work towards a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Chimney Engineering.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but it would be beneficial to have up to 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths and English, at grade 4 or above.

Many chimney engineers start as bricklayers and then specialise in chimney construction.

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You could complete a construction or civil engineering apprenticeship to help you become a chimney engineer.

You’ll need up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent to follow an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

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You could start work as an engineer’s assistant in a construction company and gain experience and skills in a working environment. You can complete on-the-job training to become a qualified chimney engineer by completing a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Chimney Engineering.

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a chimney engineer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.

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Desirable skills and personal qualities for a chimney engineer include:

  • Knowledge of current safety guidelines and regulations 
  • A good level of physical fitness 
  • Confidence to work at height, in all weather
  • Practical skills and the ability to use a variety of tools
  • Good communication skills.

What does a chimney engineer do?

As a chimney engineer, you will be responsible for designing and installing chimney and flue systems which match client requirements and are in line with the current building legislation. 

Duties of a chimney engineer include: 

  • Inspection of existing chimney and flue systems
  • Repairing and renewing existing chimney and flue systems
  • Preparing and adhering to health and safety risk assessments
  • Working within current building regulations
  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Using a full body harness and fall systems if working at height
  • Working in people’s homes and businesses.

How much could you earn as a chimney engineer?

The expected salary for a chimney engineer varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained chimney engineers can earn £17,000 - £20,000
  • Trained chimney engineers with experience can earn up to £35,000.*

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources


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Career path and progression

As a chimney engineer, you could progress into a managerial position as a site engineer and look after the technical side of construction projects. 

You could also move into a role of contracts manager for your organisation.

Progression Opportunities

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