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Building services engineer

Alternative titles for this job include

Building services engineers design, fit and maintain the heating, lighting and power systems in offices, hospitals and shopping centres.

Average salary (a year)

£28,000 Starter


£51,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

on call as customers demand

How to become

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How to become Building services engineer

You can get into this job through:

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


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

Courses include:

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

You could also do a related degree like:

  • electrical engineering
  • construction and the built environment
  • environmental engineering
  • sustainable construction

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths

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You could take a course, which might help you to get a trainee technician position in a building services engineering company.

Courses include:

  • building services
  • mechanical engineering
  • T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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You could apply to do a:

  • Building Services Engineering Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Building Energy Management Systems Controls Engineer Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Building Services Design Engineer Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship

These can take between 3 and 5 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You might be able to start as a building services technician. You could then complete qualifications on the job, or part time with a training provider, to become an engineer.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got qualifications and experience in engineering from any industry.

For example, you might have experience in electrical, mechanical, environmental or energy engineering.

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Professional and industry bodies

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

Further information

You can get more details about careers in building services from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a building services engineer, you could:

  • create plans using computer aided design (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM) software
  • design and install controls for systems like heating, ventilation and lighting
  • estimate costs, present ideas and produce progress reports
  • follow building regulations and health and safety requirements
  • organise the work of technicians and manage budgets

Working environment

You could work on a construction site or in an office.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into:

You could also work as a facilities manager or building services consultant.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice MEP Coordinator/Revit Coordinator

  • Wage: £17,500 a year Annually
  • Location: London

Level 6 Building Services Design Engineer Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £20,000 a year Annually

Courses In England

HNC Building Services Engineering

  • Provider: MID-KENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Maidstone

Building Services Engineering HNC (Yr1)

  • Provider: BATH COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Radstock

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