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
- 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.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths
You could take a course, which might help you to get a trainee technician position in a building services engineering company.
- building services
- mechanical engineering
- T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) for study resources, industry news and professional development courses.
You can get more details about careers in building services from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).