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.
- 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:
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths
You could take a course, which may help you to get a trainee technician position in building services engineering. Courses include:
- T level in Design, Surveying and Planning, or in Building Services Engineering
- Higher National Diploma in Building Services, or Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma
You could start by completing a higher apprenticeship for building services engineering technicians or one for building energy management controls engineers.
You could also do a building services design engineer degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You may be able to work as a building services technician and complete qualifications on the job, or part time with a training provider to become an engineer.
You can apply directly for jobs if you've got qualifications and experience in an engineering trade.
Engineering experience from other industries is highly valued by employers. Skills in electrical, mechanical, environmental, acoustic or power engineering are examples.
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.
You can find more advice about careers and qualifications in building services from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.