Building Services Engineer

Job Description:

Building services engineers design, install and maintain equipment in buildings, like air-conditioning, heating or water systems.

Job Category:
Energy & Utilities

What you will do:

You’ll be responsible for the heating, water, electrical and telecoms systems inside a building, such as an office block or shop. You might also involved in the design and installation of systems, or oversee their maintenance once up and running.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • providing maintenance support
  • overseeing contractors on site
  • 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


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to read English
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative (ambition)
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Entry Requirements:

Becoming a Building Services Engineer typically requires a foundation in science, mathematics, and engineering-related subjects. While there are no strict GCSE subject requirements, certain subjects can provide a strong foundation for pursuing a career in this field. Here are some relevant GCSE subjects that can be beneficial for becoming a Building Services Engineer:

Relevant GCSE Subjects

  1. Mathematics: Strong math skills are essential for calculations, problem-solving, and designing building systems.
  2. Physics: Physics provides an understanding of principles related to energy, mechanics, and the behavior of materials, which are applicable to building systems.
  3. Design and Technology: This subject can provide insights into engineering design, materials, and practical skills.
  4. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computer software for modelling, simulation, and design is valuable.

You’ll need to either:

  • start on a graduate trainee scheme after completing a foundation degree or degree in building services engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, or systems control 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

Working Hours and Environment:

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 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.

Career Path & Progression:

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

You could become a consultant.