Building services engineer

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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

on call as customers demand

How to become a 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.

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.

Entry requirements

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

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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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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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.

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Professional and industry bodies

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

Further information

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

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
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

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

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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

You could become a consultant.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Building Services Engineering (BSE) Advanced Apprentice (Durham)

  • Wage : £12,768.00 Annually
  • Location: Durham DH1 1TH

Apprentice Technician (Building Services Design Engineer)

  • Wage : £16,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Maidenhead SL6 4AQ

Courses In England


  • Provider: Chesterfield College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

C&G Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering (2000-02)

  • Provider: HCUC
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Uxbridge

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