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Building services engineers design, install and service equipment and systems in buildings like offices and shops.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need to either:

Employers may also consider you if you have:

  • experience of working as an engineer in a different industry, like acoustic, electrical, energy, environmental, mechanical, or power engineering
  • a related degree, like electrical engineering, construction and the built environment, or sustainable construction

CIBSE has more information on becoming a building services engineer.

2. Skills required

 You’ll need:

  • maths and physics skills
  • computer-aided design (CAD) skills
  • the ability to analyse and interpret data
  • problem solving skills
  • an organised approach to work

3. What you'll do

You’ll work for design consultancies, major building contractors, building services contractors, manufacturers of equipment, local authorities, government departments, hospitals, factories or power stations.

You’ll be responsible for the heating, water, electrical and telecoms systems. You might also be involved in the design, installation and maintenance of systems, and how to reduce the environmental impact of buildings.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • drawing up plans using CAD and building information modelling software
  • estimating costs
  • making sure jobs meet building regulations and health and safety requirements
  • attending meetings and presenting ideas and progress reports
  • coordinating the work of technicians and craftspeople

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £26,000

Experienced: £26,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week. You may have to work extra hours to meet deadlines. You may be on-call.

You’ll work in an office and on building sites.

You’ll usually need a driving licence.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into senior project management, quantity surveying or engineering design.

You could become a consultant.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018