Building services engineer

Building services engineers design, install and service equipment and systems in buildings like offices, hospitals and shopping centres.

Potential salary
£20,000 to £50,000
Working hours
39 to 41 a week
  • 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 flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

You could:

  • create plans using CAD and building information modelling software
  • design and install controls for systems like heating and ventilation
  • estimate costs
  • make sure jobs meet building regulations and health and safety requirements
  • attend meetings and present ideas and progress reports
  • coordinate the work of technicians and craftspeople

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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

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

You could also work as a consultant.

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

Data from National Careers Service.
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