Property management

Building services engineer

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

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Building services engineer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

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

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

University

You could study for a degree accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Courses include:

  • building services engineering
  • architectural engineering
  • mechanical engineering and building services

Employers may accept you if you have a related degree, like electrical engineering, construction and the built environment or sustainable construction.

You could apply to join a company as a graduate trainee after you finish your course.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, maths and sometimes a science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, including maths for a degree

College

You could take a course like a higher national diploma in building services, mechanical or electrical engineering.

These are often done while working in the industry.

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a higher national certificate or diploma

Apprenticeship

You could start by completing a higher apprenticeship for building services engineering technicians or a degree apprenticeship for building services design engineers.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

Work

You may be able to work as a building services technician and complete qualifications on the job, or part time with a training provider.

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got qualifications and experience in an engineering trade.

Relevant engineering experience from other industries is highly valued by employers. Skills in electrical, mechanical, environmental, acoustic or power engineering are good examples.

Further Information

You can join the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers for access to industry news, study resources and professional development courses.

You can find more advice about careers and qualifications in building services from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

£20,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £20,000 to £26,000

Experienced salary: £26,000 to £40,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

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.

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

You could become a consultant.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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