Building services engineer
Building services engineers design, install and service equipment and systems in buildings like offices and shops.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll need to either:
- start on a graduate trainee scheme after completing a Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) accredited HND, foundation degree or degree in building services, or sustainable, mechanical or electrical engineering
- take a degree apprenticeship, then take further qualifications to qualify as an engineer
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
- 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
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 environmentYou’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 progressionWith experience, you could move into senior project management, quantity surveying or engineering design.
You could become a consultant.
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Last updated: 16 April 2018