Heating & Ventilation 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 (teamwork skills)


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • analytical thinking skills
  • practical skills for installing equipment
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Heating & Ventilation Engineer, you typically don’t need specific subjects, but having a strong educational foundation and certain skills can be beneficial for this role, which involves designing, installing, maintaining, and repairing heating and ventilation systems. Here are some relevant subjects and skills:

  1. Mathematics: Strong math skills are essential for performing calculations related to system design, measurements, and troubleshooting.
  2. Science: Subjects like physics and chemistry can provide a foundation for understanding the principles of heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and combustion.
  3. Design and Technology: Courses in design and technology can be helpful for gaining knowledge of mechanical systems and technical drawing.
  4. English Language: Effective communication skills, including written and verbal communication, are important for documenting work, liaising with clients, and collaborating with colleagues.
  5. Information Technology (IT): Proficiency in using computers and relevant software is valuable for tasks such as system modelling, data analysis, and project management.
  6. Mechanical Engineering: While not typically available, pursuing courses or qualifications related to mechanical engineering can provide a strong foundation for this career.

Post School

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 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.